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How to grow a lawn from seed


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.

How to do it


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.

Our tip

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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dillonstar 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I have an area currently covered in flagstones that I'd like to seed with grass. In the guide here it says 'Prepare the ground thoroughly prior to seeding', but does not explain how best to do this from scratch (drainage etc, soil type). Being a complete novice, I'm really not sure where to start prior to seeding.

Geoffreyj 24/11/2011 at 15:28

yes gave me basic info as needed as I have completed horticulture lessons at college but as pointed out by others does not really go in-depth enough or refer to related topics ie aspect ph detailed prep prior to seeding

chantalou 24/11/2011 at 15:29

How come there is no answer to the question? I am curious too.

larryloafer 24/05/2013 at 07:47

I have sown a new lawn but it now has a lot of weeds when can I apply weed and feed without harming the new grass

Verdun 24/05/2013 at 08:32

Hiya dilonstar

Remove flagstones

Turn over your ground.....ideally mix in some compost, manure, dried manure. Break up soil, remove big stones and weeds, roots etc.

Rake level.  Walk over it treading it do this by shufffling along on your heels.  Rake, tread down, rake, tread down, rake again.  The idea is to get firm soil and a level fine surface. A few days before sowing grass seed scatter some fertilizer and rake this in

When you sow seed sow in one direction and very LIGHTLYrake.  Sow in opposite direction and rake again.....these rakings are to LIGHTLY mix seed with soil not to level or move soil.

If the area is not too big I cover with fleece but this is not essential.  Lightly water seed if no rain.  Grass will germinate in under 2 weeks.

Good luck


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