Can I sow grass seed now?

Can I sow grass seed now?
Can I sow grass seed now?
With a lot of us having a bit more time to spend at home lately, home improvements and DIY are top of a lot of people's to-do lists. Those wanting to get their lawn back into great shape is no different, but is it warm enough to sow grass seed yet?

It is advisable to seed when temperatures are 8-10 degrees and above consistently for two weeks with no adverse weather conditions forecast (no snow (!), frost, storms or floods). Hopefully we are past that now (you never quite know with UK weather) but always consult a 2 week forecast before planning to sow.

Also be aware of night time temperatures dropping, if they should drop to maybe 6/7 degrees germination will still proceed, but if they are dropping to lower than this and even minus temperatures then it's still not warm enough to seed.

Before planning to sow and while waiting for temperatures to warm up, you should make sure that your existing lawn is ready to be overseeded, and if you're sowing a new lawn from scratch, that your seedbed is prepared to perfection.

Overseeding an existing lawn

  • Remove any dead grass, weeds or moss by scarifying / raking the area. If the weeds and moss are present throughout the lawn, you may wish to consider a Feed, Weed and Moss Killer product.
  • Rake the area enough so that the soil is loose
  • Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 35g per m2, by using a seed spreader or your hand
  • Rake the seed in after sowing so that the seed is in amongst the soil
  • Firm down by foot or by using a roller to improve seed to soil contact
  • Water well

Sowing a new lawn

  •  Dig the soil over to a depth of 20-25cm
  • Remove weeds by hand or use a weed killer.
  •  Add top soil if you believe the soil to be poor quality
  • Consider applying a QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed fertiliser to get nutrients into the soil
  • Rake the area to get a level seedbed
  • Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 50g per m2, by using a seed spreader or your hand
  • Rake the seed in after sowing so that the seed is in amongst the soil
  • Firm down by foot or by using a roller to improve seed to soil contact
  • Water well