All you need to know about sowing grass seed.

If you need to repair damaged sections of your lawn or overseed an existing lawn, grass seed is a highly versatile product, suitable for slopes and hard to reach areas.

Choose a grass seed that is right for you. A seed mix with 50% Rye grass and 50% Strong Creeping Red Fescue will produce a lush, dense and hard wearing lawn, a great all rounder that’s suitable for families.

Premium Grade grass seed has the addition of Slender Creeping Red Fescue and Chewings fescue and will produce a lawn with a thick, even texture with excellent durability and good disease resistance.

Sowing grass seed Paynes Turf

De-thatch and aerate

Firstly mow the lawn to around 1” high. Using a spring tine rake, de-thatch the lawn by dragging the rake across the surface, removing the old dead grass. Spike the lawn by driving a garden fork into the ground 30cm apart, and about 15cm deep.

Fertilise and sow

Apply a lawn fertilizer suitable for grass seed. Sow the grass seed evenly across the lawn following the manufactures recommendations. We recommend mixing the grass seed with a 6mm Fine Loam top dressing, which will enhance drainage and promote growth.


If there hasn’t been any rainfall, water your lawn 2-3 days after sowing and try to keep off the seeded area for at least 2 weeks. For the first 2 or 3 cuts, raise the height of your mower blades to around 2”, but never cut more than the top third off the grass blade length.