As spring is fast approaching now is the perfect time for reseeding your lawn or perhaps seeding your lawn for the first time. Often gardeners are unsure of how to get ‘from grass seed to grass lawn’, so here are our top tips for seeding in spring 2018.
Choosing the right grass seed mixture for your lawn
We recognise not every homeowner wants the same lawn so we’ve expanded our grass seed mixture range for 2018. Whether you want to make a STATEMENT, or be a SUPERSTAR.There are a variety of grass seed mixtures specifically blended to suit the needs of different gardens and homeowners.
If you wish to produce a lawn which will look pristine and you don’t mind giving it an extra bit of care and attention then you’ll want a seed with a strong blend of fescues. This will ensure a very fine and dense sward for your lawn. Our STATEMENT: Front Lawn blend contains 45% Slender Creeping Red Fescue and 45% Chewings Fescue so it is perfect for producing an immaculate lawn.
We recognise that this type of grass is not for everyone’s lawn. It may be more practical to have a lawn which can withstand heavy footfall whilst of course still looking great, so we have created SUPERSTAR: Back Lawn. This seed mixture includes a variety known as Perennial Ryegrass; which will germinate quickly and can endure a myriad of conditions, making it perfect for families, pet owner and so on. SUPERSTAR: Back Lawn contains 50% Perennial Ryegrass along with Strong Creeping Red Fescue and Chewings Fescue which add density and a luxurious green appearance to the lawn.
Does your lawn have shaded areas? Perhaps your garden is in the shadows of walls or large trees are stopping the sunlight from hitting the grass and causing growth problems. Fear not as a perfect lawn can still be possible with the use of the appropriate seed. We have put together two seed mixtures STEADFAST: Shade and SUPER STEADFAST: Ultra Shade which will grow well in shaded areas. STEADFAST: Shade is perfect for areas of dappled sunlight, meaning limited sunlight is getting through to the grass blades. For more extreme shaded lawns SUPER STEADFAST: Ultra Shade will provide the best lawn as it includes a grass variety called Poa supina; a powerhouse for growing in poor conditions.
How to sow grass seed?
- In 2018 you should aim to sow your grass seed from early spring through to mid-autumn, but try to avoid very hot periods in mid-summer.
- Ensure your area is cleared of debris and well raked to open up the soil
- Now it’s time to lay the seed, you can do this by hand or with a spreader
- Gently drag the rake over the surface to ensure the seed has mixed with the soil
- Remember that during the germination process the ground must be kept moist if there is not sufficient rainfall.
How long does grass take to grow?
So you’ve picked your grass seed, you’ve sown your seed and now you’re looking to know how long will it be before I have a luscious lawn in my garden?
There are a few factors which determine this, if you have chosen a grass seed blend which contains Perennial Ryegrass and Fescue then germination will be quicker and on average takes between 7-10 days. Lawns which contain finer Fescues and Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass will take longer to germinate. Allow at least two weeks for these to germinate. Remember that environmental factors can alter this timeline. If the weather is warm and the ground is moist, germination can be quicker. If the weather is cold and the ground is dry then germination can take longer.