Sow grass seed

Done now it has time to grow strong be­fore win­ter

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Septem­ber is an ideal time to sow grass seed while the soil tem­per­a­ture is still warm and hope­fully moist­ened by the first of the au­tumn rains. Sow­ing now can be done to cre­ate a new lawn from scratch or to re­pair dam­aged ar­eas in an ex­ist­ing patch.

The main ad­van­tage of sow­ing now is seed has plenty of time to ger­mi­nate and grow be­fore the on­set of win­ter. As well as pro­duc­ing plenty of top growth, more im­por­tantly the new grass will be able to es­tab­lish a strong root sys­tem to get it through the colder months. Come spring the lawn will grow away to pro­duce a thick, healthy lawn.

When cre­at­ing a new lawn, the area needs pre­par­ing prop­erly to re­move any peren­nial weeds. This can be done by thor­oughly fork­ing them out, or you can spot treat with weed­killer. The ground can then be cul­ti­vated by fork­ing the soil over or ro­ta­vat­ing, be­fore rak­ing, tread­ing and a fi­nal rake to pro­duce a firm, fine bed to sow seed on. When re­pair­ing worn ar­eas, use a fork or rake to loosen the sur­face where the grass is thin or dam­aged to ex­pose some soil to sow the grass seed onto. Sown now in moist, warm soil, the seed should be through in 10-14 days.

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