Frequently asked grass seed questions

Frequently asked grass seed questions

Frequently asked grass seed questions

If you are at a dead end when it comes to finding the answers to your grass problems, we have got you covered. We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked grass questions and put them together to help you solve any grass mysteries you may have.

  • Is there a grass seed that is resistant to dog pee?

Unfortunately not! All grass seeds will be affected by dog urine because of their high nitrogen content. The nitrogen will burn your lawn, turning it yellow and dry. The best way to try and counteract this is to water the patch every time your dog pees or train them to pee elsewhere. And we know this is easier said than done! But you can read our guide on How to protect your grass from dog urine to find more information.

  • Can I mix two grass seeds

Yes, you can blend two of our grass seed mixes. With every garden being different, some will require a more specialised blend. For example, you may need hard-wearing grass that grows well in a partially shaded area. You could use our popular FAMILY: Kids and Pets seed mixed with our STEADFAST: Shade seed.

  • Can I sow grass seed in August?

Yes, August is one of the better months in the year to sow. While we may not love August's wet and hot climate, our little grass seedlings sure do. They thrive in warmer soils and sprout high when the rain falls. Suppose you are overseeding a lawn in August. In that case, you can use our Feed, Weed and Mosskiller to treat unwanted visitors before sowing, or if your lawn is moss-free, then you can opt for our QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser, which will give your lawn a boost ahead of overseeding.

If you are sowing a new lawn in August, our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed fertiliser will help to boost early growth and make sure that your grass is packed full of nutrients.  

  • How often do I need to water my grass?

For a new lawn / overseeded lawn, you should water your seeds deeply and daily for six weeks after sowing. If there is prolonged rainfall, you can avoid doing this. Failure to water, especially in periods of drought, can result in poor germination and/or establishment.

For an established lawn, regular watering isn’t always necessary. Luckily for us in the UK, rainfall is pretty frequent. During prolonged periods of dryness, you should aim to water your lawn 2/3 times a week.

  • When can I first mow my lawn?

For newly established lawns, you should aim to wait at least 6-8 weeks before mowing. Make sure your grass blades are reaching heights of 5-7cm. Use the highest setting on your mower and remove the clippings.

  • What is the best grass seed for my soil type?

Choosing a grass seed that works for you will depend on a number of things: if you have any problems with shade, if you have clay soil or sandy soil, or if you would like a hardwearing or ornamental lawn. To help you choose the best grass seed for your soil, you can read our blog post 'What grass seed do I need?.  

  • I have yellow patches on my lawn. Can you help?

Pets, especially dogs peeing, can often cause yellow patches on your lawn, but it can also be down to a lack of water, nutrition, heat damage or pests. But if you don’t have furry friends, there may be other reasons for the yellow patches on your lawn.

Your grass might just need a good feed; depending on the time of year, you can use our QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer or our QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter

  • How do I get rid of Poa Annua?

Poa Annua seeds can lay dormant for years until they decide to crop up, so there isn’t much you can do in terms of prevention. Applying a pre-emergence weedkiller could unnecessarily damage existing grass, so it’s best to tackle this weed when it first appears. To remove it, you should dig out the clump and cut the roots horizontally to prevent further growth, then add topsoil and new seed to the patch left from removing the Poa Annua.

  • How do I control weeds on my new lawn?

Our Feed, Weed & Mosskiller is a fertiliser solution for a lawn that has been taken over by moss and weeds. It is a 3-in-1 product that will kill moss, control weeds and make your lawn visibly greener. 

  • My grass is patchy, how do I fix this?

When your lawn patches appear, you can rescue the section by overseeding. To get the best results, carry out overseeding when conditions are at optimum, between April and September.

For more information, you can read our guide on 'How to overseed patchy grass’.

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