As we begin to see the darker evenings come in and begin to feel a slight coolness in the air, we know autumn has arrived. But did you also know that September and October are great times to sow grass seed?
Many people fear it is too cold for seed germination during the autumn months, but this is not the case in the UK. The recommended soil temperature for successful growth is 8-10 degrees (and above) - this is a temperature that parts of South England will even see in November. Keep reading our reasons to sow grass seed in autumn and give your lawn a headstart for next year.
We’ve outlined below the reasons why you should act now and get sowing this autumn. Whether you need to maintain an existing lawn by overseeding or starting a fresh by sowing a new lawn, you can get sowing and growing this autumn.
7 reasons to sow seed in autumn
Better Conditions: Soil is much warmer; the air is cooler and there is more rain. This provides better conditions for germination.
Fewer Weeds: Weed seedlings are more rampant in spring, so your autumn-sown grass will have less competition as it establishes.
Ahead of the game: You are ahead of the game for next season. This means there is no need to reseed in spring since you will have an already established lawn.
Ready for summer: Sowing in autumn means your lawn will develop over winter when you use your garden less. Sowing in spring means your lawn will still be developing in summer, at a time when you want to make the most of your garden.
Less water management: Spring sowing means you have to worry more about hot weather and the availability of water as seeds need a constant supply. Cool autumn rain means less water management (and less work for you).
Stronger established lawn by spring: Young grass plants have more time to grow and get healthy before next summer's stress comes. You are giving them a head start to be as strong as possible.
Fewer greedy friends: There is a reduction in the risk of birds damaging seedbeds due to migration and the availability of other food during autumn and winter.