How to grow a lawn from seed

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. 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.

You will need

  • Grass seed
  • Canes
  • Plastic cup
  • Rake

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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.

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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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