If you’re going to sow grass seeds during the next few months, it’s important to prepare the soil for sowing seeds before you start!
Our Great Lawns Made Simple: Grass seed guide, our series of videos and guides for creating great lawns, starts with pre-sow preparation; this can be the difference between an ok or good lawn and a brilliant, healthy lawn.
This is what you need to know to get going with the sowing -
Prepare soil for sowing seeds
Here’s how to do it right, and remember – the work at the beginning is always worth it.
- First, your seed bed needs to be around 200mm in depth. The best way to achieve this is to dig over the soil with a spade or rotavator.
- The next step is to remove as many stones as you can. It’s key that, at the very least, you get rid of the bigger stones. It’s a chore, but it really makes a difference.
- Remove weeds. If these aren’t removed at the root, they will keep coming back. Just keep visualising that lovely lawn as you dig those weeds out.
- Allow the area to cultivate for 10-14 days; this will encourage any dormant weeds to appear on the surface, which can then be removed by hand.
- Remove any new weeds that have sprouted over the cultivation time or any you may have missed the first time around.
- Now, it’s time to do what we call the penguin walk. This involves shuffling across the ground in small steps. This will help firm everything up.
- Next, use a rake and go over the soil lightly in different directions.
- The final step in getting the seed bed ready is to apply a fertiliser like our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed. Use a spreader to distribute evenly and rake in.
There you have it, the 8-point plan guaranteed to give your grass seed the best possible start!
Now your soil is prepared, here's what you should do next:
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How to create a new lawn
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How to sow grass seed
- Great Lawns Made Simple: Types of soil in your garden
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How and when to cut grass
- Great Lawns Made Simple: Aeration for lawns
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How to feed your grass
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How to repair your lawn
- Great Lawns Made Simple: How to remove moss