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.
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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.