Sowing Lawn Seed – Best Practice Tips
When sowing lawn seed, a little effort in the beginning means much better results. Check out these top tips to get a luscious green lawn from seed.
Prepare the seedbed
- The seedbed needs to be at least 150mm. You can do this by digging the soil with a spade or using a rotavator.
- Remove stones and dig out the weeds
- Let it settle for 2-3 weeks and tackle any returning weeds
- Firm the ground by doing a bit of penguin walking or shuffling in small steps, then rake the soil over in several directions.
- Spread a slow-release fertiliser and rake it into the soil.
Sowing the lawn seed
- Using string or sand, divide the area into sections for spreading - this helps control the amount of lawn seed you will sow.
- Spread the lawn seed, either by hand or using a spreader or drill
- Always follow the instructions on the label
- Sow the lawn seed between 5mm and 10mm. That’s about 3-pound coins
- Rake soil lightly over the seed, then tread lightly to firm in
- Water the seed a little and often – ensure not to flood the seed.
For more details on sowing lawn seed, read our guide on How to sow a lawn with grass seed