your local weather conditions we are fast approaching
the ideal time to sow grass seed.
August to mid October is traditionally the best
time to make a new lawn. The soil is still warm
and there is usually sufficient rain for good
Start with clean soil that is free of perennial
weeds. Where necessary apply glyphosate weedkiller
to kill existing weeds. Cultivate the soil either
by hand digging or where the area is large by
using either a hand or tractor rotovator. These
may be hired from a d.i.y.store.
Level the site and remove all stones larger
than 5 cm. On a new build site there may be
a lot of builder’s debris to be removed.
Rake in a general purpose fertilizer such as
Growmore at a handful per square yard.
Make sure that the ground is uniformly firm
and rake off surface stones and hard lumps of
a seed mixture to suit your needs. You may want
a hard wearing grass fit for play and games.
There are some species of grass better suited
to shaded or dry areas and if you want the perfect
lawn with fine bladed grasses then it is available
at extra cost.
Scatter the grass seed evenly over the area
at a handful per square yard.
a new garden it is a good idea to sow beyond
the lawn area and into the proposed borders
and beds. Once the grass is established it is
easy to shape the areas for planting by cutting
into the lawn rather than trying to sow to a
line marking the edge of the bed.
Rake the seed into the top half-inch of the
soil and if the surface is soft roll with a
the weather turns dry and remains so for the
next ten days it will be necessary to water.
Allow the sprinkler to thoroughly soak the top
inch of ground. A light damping of the surface
will encourage germination but the seedlings
will wither and die in the dry soil.
When the grass is 2-3 inches high roll the lawn
to firm the young plants in the soil and then
give it a light cut with a rotary mower with
the blade set at 2 inches.
Don’t be tempted to apply weedkillers
until the following growing season. Annual weeds
will die during the winter.
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