Sowing a lawn from seed
Sowing a new lawn from seed is the main alternative to laying a
lawn with turf and when done correctly can provide excellent results.
Advantages of creating a lawn from sowing seed
Laying a lawn with turf gives instant
results so why would you want to make a lawn from seed rather than
Sowing from seed enables you to have full control over which grass
types your lawn is made up of. There are various ready mixed grass
seeds that are suited to specific types of lawns. You can get lawn
seed mixes for shady lawns, heavy wear lawns, ornamental lawns and
wildflower meadow lawns.
Making a lawn from seed is also considerably cheaper than making
a lawn from turf as there is no ‘turf grower’ middle
man to pay.
There is less physical effort involved when using seed rather than
lugging heavy turves around the garden.
How long before the lawn can be used?
Sowing a lawn from seed requires patience so that the grass can
become fully established and strong enough to stand up to the normal
wear and tear expected of it. The length of time will vary depending
on what season the lawn is sown in but will be around 4 to 6 months.
When the best time for sowing a lawn?
Lawns are normally sown in either mid spring or mid autumn. The
preferred time is mid-autumn for a number of reasons. If sowing
in autumn then the lawn has the whole of winter to develop at a
time when this outside space is not normally used whereas if the
lawn is sown in spring then the area will be unusable over summer
when we want to make the most of our outside spaces.
If sowing in autumn it also means that there should be sufficient
natural rainfall to keep the soil moist and provide adequate conditions
for seed germination and initial growth. If you sow your lawn in
spring then you will most likely need to use a lawn sprinkler in
dry spells over spring and summer so that the soil is kept moist
whilst the lawn establishes itself.
Weeds will find it easier to colonise a lawn before it is fully
established. Weed seedlings tend to be more rampant in spring and
summer and will therefore have an increased number and impact on
spring sown lawns when compared to autumn sown lawns where weeds
will be less able to establish themselves. It is inevitable that
you may get some weeds on your new lawn but don’t worry, the
first few cuts with the lawn mower will help assist in their disappearance.
Before you sow the lawn you should prepare
the soil for a lawn. This ensures that the lawn will have an
even surface and that it will be able to develop a strong root system.
Now that we have the general idea about why and when to sow a lawn
from seed we can look at how
to sow a lawn from seed.