A lawn grown from seed

How to grow a lawn from seed

Learn how to grow a lawn from seed - a cheaper alternative to laying turf.

Do it:

Apr, May, Sep

Takes just:

a weekend

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Aside from being less expensive than laying turf, sowing a lawn allows you to choose a seed mixture most appropriate for your site and needs; whether you want a bowling green or a hard-wearing football pitch.

Hardwearing lawns are usually composed of a mix of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) and strong red fescue (Festuca rubra). Ornamental lawns tend to contain a mix of low-growing, fine-leaved slender red fescue (Festuca rubra subsp. rubra) and bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera).

Grass seeds sown in autumn, while the ground is warm and moist, will germinate in a couple of weeks and will have a headstart over seeds sown in the colder spring.

If you need to sort out a patchy lawn rather than sowing starting from scratch, take a look at these tips on repairing lawn patches.

Discover how to grow a lawn from seed, below. 

You will need

  • Grass seed
  • Canes
  • Plastic cup
  • Rake


Sow grass seed at the rate of one-and-a half ounces per square metre. Weigh out the first amount, put it in a plastic cup and mark the side to use as a measure. Using canes, mark out your site into 1m squares and scatter one cup of seed evenly into each.

Rake the seed in after sowing and lay a few twiggy sticks on the surface to discourage birds and cats. Once the grass starts to grow it can be given its first cut when it reaches 4cm high.


Watering can

Prepare the ground thoroughly before sowing and try to avoid exposing the lawn to too much wear and tear during the first season.

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