Prepare soil for sowing seeds - 8 point plan

Prepare soil for sowing seeds - 8 point plan

Although it may not feel like it, spring is at our door. This is our favourite time of year, and after a long cold winter, things begin to grow again. Grass of course, is no exception! Follow our 8-point plant on how to prepare your soil for sowing seeds, and get the lawn you've been dreaming of!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove any new weeds that have sprouted over the cultivation time or any you may have missed the first time around.
  6. 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.
  7. Next, use a rake and go over the soil lightly in different directions.
  8. 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:

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