Next up in our series video series of Great Lawns Made Simple is How To Sow Grass Seed - an informative, easy to follow guide to sowing the perfect lawn in your garden.
The best times to sow grass seed are in spring when the soil warms up and autumn when the weather is rainy but as long as you water the soil you can sow in summer time too.Seeds are living things and need moisture and warmth to germinate.
With a well-prepared seed bed you are now ready to sow. Always refer to the instructions and use the correct amount. A handy way of doing this is to measure the seed needed per square metre and then mark out in a container or cup.
If you need to sow grass seed over a large area it is worthwhile using a seed spreader, it will save time and you will get even coverage. Make sure to fill correctly.
Divide large areas into smaller sections or small spaces into square metres. Mark it out using canes, string or sand. This way you won’t be left with bare patches or use too much seed in one area.
Spread half the seed in one direction and the other in the opposite direction to cover evenly. More does not mean better. Too much seed will not allow grass room to grow and spread and will be a waste. Guidelines are there to get the right coverage at the least cost.
Next, rake over the soil gently to cover the seeds and then tread lightly so they have good contact with the soil. They need to be about 5 - 10mm into the soil, there is no need to completely bury them.
To protect your seed from hungry birds you can use a number of ways to protect them. Cover with nets, use a scarecrow or hang CD’s on sticks.
Last is watering. Ideally, if it is due to rain then they will be watered naturally, if not lightly water with a fine hose. Don’t flood them as they can rot and don’t leave them to dry out for days either. Once they germinate, keep an eye on to make sure they have everything they need for a good start.
Learn how to prepare a great seedbed here.