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

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