Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:37
I'm with Edd.....mostly...on this
firming with boots....hard work but walk on your heels. You will look silly doing the penguin walk...but who cares? Rake, walk, rake, walk as many times as you can. However then with top soil I would do same, viz., rake and walk. I use a lute, home made, to help ensure even surface. I rake and walk alternately at right angles to previously. the final few rakings are highly satisfying for me....aiming for the perfect filth and surface. Lovely. Winter is the perfect time for lawn prep.
Seed is best ...not just for cost but also for quality. You can more easily choose the mixture to suit your needs. And seed germinates very quickly in spring.
I would also apply a granular fertiliser.....I always use organic but for lawns I think Gromore is fine; organic like fish blood and bone seem to attract vermine, etc.