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A new lawn from seed

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Sow­ing a new lawn

To­day’s modern, easy-to-grow lawn seed, spe­cially blended to suit spe­cific sit­u­a­tions and uses, means grow­ing a new lawn from seed has never been quicker or eas­ier. En­joy the sat­is­fac­tion that comes from cre­at­ing your own smooth patch of green lawn!

1 Pre­pare the seedbed

First, clear the ground of all veg­e­ta­tion. The eas­i­est way is to spray with a glyphosate weed spray. Af­ter the weeds and old grasses have browned off, and the soil is moist but not wet, cul­ti­vate or ro­tary hoe to a depth of 8-10cm. To make life even eas­ier, in­vest in a load of weed-free top­soil. Use a rake to cre­ate a smooth flat sur­face. Walk across the area to elim­i­nate soft spots (po­ten­tial hol­lows) and then rake again. The end re­sult should be a firm even sur­face of fine, crumbly top­soil.

2 Add fer­tiliser

Spread lawn fer­tiliser to the en­tire area and rake it into the top 2cm. Choose a lawn fer­tiliser suit­able for new lawns and ap­ply at the rec­om­mended rate. EzyS­tart Lawn Starter Fer­tiliser is an or­ganic based fer­tiliser with con­trolled re­lease nu­tri­ents that feeds with­out burn­ing young grass.

3 Sow your seed

Choose a seed to suit your sit­u­a­tion. On a fine day, sow your seed in ac­cor­dance with the di­rec­tions on the pack.

4 Wa­ter

Wa­ter thor­oughly (daily in the ab­sence of rain) to keep the soil evenly moist un­til the lawn is well es­tab­lished. Avoid over wet­ting as this can lead to dis­ease. Ger­mi­na­tion takes one to two weeks, de­pend­ing on seed va­ri­ety.

5 Early mow­ing

Reg­u­lar mow­ing en­cour­ages thick growth, dis­cour­ag­ing weeds, but wait un­til the new lawn is 5cm high be­fore the first cut. For the first three of four cuts, set the mower at its high­est level to re­move only the top 1cm of grass, then grad­u­ally lower the level over the next few months. For best re­sults make sure the mower blades are sharp.

6 Pro­mote thick healthy growth

Af­ter the first three or four cuts, en­cour­age max­i­mum growth with a light ap­pli­ca­tion of lawn fer­tiliser. A well-fed and wa­tered lawn should not in­vite too many weeds. Avoid us­ing weed killers un­til six months af­ter sow­ing.

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