How To Sow A Lawn From Seed
Sowing a lawn is something even an amateur gardener can achieve. It can spruce up your garden no end, and make it a much more enjoyable space to use. Gardener Tom Cole demonstrates a simply method to sow a new patch of grass for your garden.
Step 1: You will need
- A garden fork
- A landscape rake and metal rake
- A Measuring stick
- Bamboo Canes
- Bone meal
- Grass Seeds
- A watering can or hose
- Fruit netting
Step 2: Choosing your seeds
When choosing your seeds, ensure that you buy a type that suits your garden. For a family garden, a hardy dwarf perennial ryegrass is perfect, but discuss your exact requirements with your supplier.
Step 3: When to sow
Ideal times for sowing the seeds for your lawn are either mid-spring or mid-autumn. If rain is lacking, be prepared to water regularly with a sprinkler system, or hose with a fine spray attachment.
Step 4: Prepare the soil
Fork over the entire area thoroughly. Use a landscape rake to break up clods of earth and remove any large stones. Continue to rake until the earth is fine and level. Rake once more with a metal rake to separate any stones or weeds. Once you are happy the ground is level, firm the ground by walking across it. Re-rake to break up the foot prints.
Step 5: Measuring up
Using the canes and measuring stick, mark out 1sq m sections. These needn't be exact, but make sure each square meter is clear.
Step 6: Fertilise
Check the packaging of your fertiliser for measurement details. The average is about 50gr per square meter. Measure half of this out on your scales, and scatter loosely and evenly from top to bottom. Measure out the second half, and scatter this from side to side. Repeat this for each section. The fertilser can be Bone meal, or anything which contains phosphorous. Rake the fertilser in.
Step 7: Sowing
Measure your seeds exactly as you did the fertiliser. Apply the first handful from top to bottom, then apply the second from side to side. This ensures a good even spread. Lightly rake over to put the seeds in contact with the soil. They need not be covered entirely as the they need light exposure to grow. Water the area thoroughly.
Step 8: Aftercare
If the area is small, cover with fruit netting to protect from birds. Cut the netting to size, and attach canes to the corners, erecting the protection over the seed. In dry spells, water with a hose and fine spray attachment every few days. Try to avoid walking on the lawn for at least a month or two, and preferably avoid any heavy use such as sport for the entire first season.