Creating your own lawn can be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your garden. You’ll love watching the first shiny blades of grass peeping out from the ground, as well as enjoy it in its manicured glory. It’s also cheaper to grow grass from seed than using turf and there’s more choice of seed mix for different garden conditions. Read on for some essential tips on growing and maintaining your new lawn.
Pick the right seeds
What kind of use will you be putting your lawn to? If you have children and pets and expect the grass to get plenty of wear and tear, a hard-wearing grass seed will probably be the better option. This kind of mixture usually contains rye grass and is quite fast to grow so will need frequent mowing.
If you’re hoping to create more of a show lawn, then a fine or luxury grass seed can be ideal. This seed produces a fine growth that also needs frequent mowing.
For shady spots in the garden try a shady seed mixture. This variety will thrive under a tree or near a tall hedge. Some varieties also have a good drought tolerance so you won’t need to worry about getting the hose pipe out too often. Take a look at our range of grass seeds for a variety of different garden conditions.
When to sow grass seed
Get your sowing times right and you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy, lush lawn all year round. The ideal times for sowing grass seed are mid spring and early autumn. This time works best as the soil is warm and moist and the climate is at its most temperate. Expect the seeds to germinate within about a week or so of planting.
How to sow grass seed
Prepare your seed bed before planting by uprooting all weeds, clearing stones and any rubble. You can use weed killer but try to avoid the residual kind that can remain in the soil and harm the grass seeds. Rake through the ground, then level it thoroughly and add fertiliser before planting the seeds.
An easy way to cover every inch of the ground is to mark the patch in square meters using canes. The seed box should usually give you directions on the amount of seeds to be used per square meter.
The general rule is to sow half the seeds in one direction across the square and the other half in the opposite direction. Once the seeds have been sowed, make sure you water the patch and keep away from the grass until it reaches a height of between 4-5cm. Birds love freshly sown seeds, so you might need to cover the area in netting in the early stages.
Caring for your lawn
When the grass is around 5 cm in height, try firming the soil around the seed bed with a roller.
You can give your grass its firm trim when it reaches a height of around 5-7 cm. Just be careful to take out only about a third of the length.
Make sure your lawn is watered every week during its first summer. You’ll know it’s thirsty when it loses its bounce when stepped on.
Try not to use your lawn too much in the early stages. It it’s been planted in autumn, it might need to be left alone until early summer and if it’s been sown in spring, it might be ready for use only by late autumn.
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