There are a few different factors that affect how to reseed your lawn, starting with the condition of the existing lawn – are you looking to thicken some already healthy grass, or sow a different variety, or do you have large patches of bare earth to contend with?
In this guide we take a look at some of the common situations and the difference they can make to how you reseed your lawn for the best results.
Not all of the above are essential, but if you have them all available, you’re likely to get the best results out of reseeding your lawn.
Whether they’re in your lawn or your flowerbeds, weeds are the bane of a gardener’s existence, and if you want to remove them for good you’ll need to pull out the root using a weeding tool.
That can leave bare patches with no grass growth – so add a little fertiliser or compost to the exposed earth and scatter lightly with a matching type of grass that will blend seamlessly with the rest of your lawn.
For larger bare patches, scarify, fork or rake the earth to remove old growth and aerate it, and make sure it is well watered and fertilised.
Next, sprinkle the right kind of grass seed in the right amounts – using an excessive amount of seed will just make the grass grow too thickly and is more likely to attract birds who will feast on the seeds.
To reseed a thin lawn in order to thicken the grass across the whole area, first remove any weeds, then mow the existing grass to a close crop.
Scarify the surface, fertilise and prepare well with plenty of water before adding the seed – a grass seed spreader or hopper/dispenser can help get the density right over large areas.
If there’s no grass at all, then you’re in a good position to dig over the earth and introduce some good quality top soil and fertiliser.
You can then sow your preferred grass seed or lay a new lawn using turf to quickly cover the area with a healthy and attractive lawn.
Whatever you are trying to achieve, from filling in after weeding, to growing a new lawn from scratch, there are a few general things to remember:
Keep a close eye on your grass seed for several weeks but try to avoid walking on the lawn until it has had a chance to grow in, and you should get better results.
Here are a few optional extras that can give an even better result when you reseed a lawn:
With these simple top tips to reseed your lawn and the right equipment, you can make short work of sowing the seed and keep it protected from the elements and pecking beaks until your lush new green grass is fully grown in.
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