If your lawn is looking a bit patchy, you could buy pre-grown turf but, why not save on costs by using grass seed to create a lush lawn? The huge range of grass seed available means that you’re guaranteed to find one that suits your needs and lifestyle whether you want a hardy lawn to play sports on or, grass that will grow in shady areas.
The best time to plant grass seed is late-summer summer to mid-autumn when the soil is warm and damp from the rain; creating the perfect conditions for germination.
If this is your first time planting grass seed follow our quick and easy guide to create a lawn you can be proud of!
Prepare Your Soil
Think of your soil as the foundation for you grass seeds. It’s essential to properly prepare the soil in order to get the best out of your seeds.
- Remove any obstacles that might get in the way of your seeds’ growth. Start by cutting old grass and removing any weeds or stones.
- Fork the area to break-up hard patches that could prevent water reaching the young grass roots once they have begun to germinate.
- Rake the soil to level it out.
- Two to three days before you sow the grass seeds, lightly rake a granular fertiliser into the soil so it’s rich in nutrients.
How to Sow Grass Seed
Now that you’ve prepped your soil, it’s time to plant grass seed.
- Use canes to split the soil into square meters.
- The general rule of thumb is to use 50g of seeds per square meter (unless the instructions on the packet tell you otherwise).
- We usually measure out our seeds into a container before spreading them onto each area.
- When scattering the seeds, split the batch in half and scatter them in opposite directions across each square to ensure that the area is thoroughly covered.
- Lightly rake over each square to spread the grass seeds evenly and water well.
After planting your grass seeds, there are still a couple of steps to take before you can sit back and enjoy your gorgeous green lawn.
- Freshly sown seeds are at risk from passing birds looking for food. Protect your grass seeds by stretching fruit netting over the top.
- Prevent children from accidentally walking over the area by cordoning it off with string and canes.
- Young seedlings are particularly susceptible to drought so it’s important to keep them watered during dry spells.
- Weed killers may be too harsh for your seedlings so you’ll have to remove any sprouting weeds by hand.
- Don’t attempt to cut your new lawn until it’s at least 5cm high and, carefully rake up the clippings to avoid damaging the young plants.
Find everything you need to create your perfect lawn at eDecks. We have a fantastic range of grass seed to suit any garden.