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 seed bed
- The seed bed needs to be at least 150mm. You can do this by digging the soil over 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 grass seed
- Using string or sand divide the area into sections for spreading - this helps control the amount of seed you sow.
- Spread the grass either by hand or using a spreader or drill
- Always follow the instructions on the label
- Sow the 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 little and often – ensure not to flood the seed.
For more details read our guide on How to sow a lawn with grass seed