Posted: Yesterday at 16:07
You'll get good results from a seeded lawn if you prepare the area right, sow at the right time (autumn or mid spring), keep the area watered, and are prepared to be patient! You'll have seen videos, no doubt, of people doing the "penguin walk" (weight on your heels) to consolidate your weeded soil, to make sure there are no air pockets which will make your lawn uneven. It's worth leaving the weeded area for a little while to settle before consolidating and raking, maybe raking several times in different directions and removing stones. Raking in a general fertiliser around a fortnight before you sow can be helpful.
When you're satisfied it's ready, work out the area and buy the appropriate amount of lawn seed, of the type you want (for hardwearing, shady or ornamental lawns). You can use string or canes to mark out square metres, and at least to start with, weigh out the seed needed for a metre or two so you know what it looks like. If you sprinkle your seed over the square half in one direction, then half at right angles to it, you'll get a more even result. Don't worry if it doesn't look very even. Lightly rake it in. Keep the area moist - a hose and sprinkler is the best way. And yes, protecting it from birds is a really good idea; I used a "tent" arrangement with bamboo canes and a strawberry net.