Spring is the ideal time to grow a lawn from seed as the soil is warm, moist, and there are no extremes in weather temperatures. Seeding a lawn in spring will allow the grass to grow strong and ensure a beautiful lawn in the summer months. If time constraints aren’t an issue, creating a new lawn from seed is very economical and can give excellent results. Find out how to seed a lawn with tips from Paynes Turf.
Always choose a high quality premium grade grass seed for the best results. Cheap grass seed is often blended with weeds and agricultural ryegrass, which is unsuitable for a domestic lawn, but great for use in a field!
Prepare the area
Remove any weeds from the area then dig or use a rotavator to turn over the soil to about 20cm deep. Dig in well-rotted manure to help keep the soil moist then ideally leave the area to settle for between 3 -5 weeks. During this time, weeds may have germinated in the prepared soil so remove them by hand or use a contact weedkiller.
Level the surface by treading the area in different directions, while alternatively raking in different directions. Achieving a perfectly level surface is crucial to an attractive lawn so it’s well worth putting in the hard work now for excellent results later on. When you are happy with the level, rake the soil gently in different directions to loosen the top centimeter or so. Rake in general purpose fertiliser at 70g per square metre of soil.
Sow the seed
Follow the grass seed manufacturers recommendations to calculate the correct quantity of seed for the area to be seeded. If you have a large area to seed, use canes or garden string to divide into sections of around a square metre. Divide the calculated amount of seed in half.
Sow the first half of the seed over the entire area, section by section, in parallel rows. Repeat with the remaining seed, this time sowing the seed in the opposite direction. Gently rake over the whole area to cover the seed lightly with soil. Water the seeded area very gently using a sprinkler. Continue to water every few days if the weather is dry while the seeds are germinating. Seed germination should take between seven to ten days, so be patient!
Protect the newly seeded area from birds by stretching fruit netting over a frame, and keep the soil moist while the seedlings are becoming established.