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When is the best time of the year to sow grass seed?
19th October 2020

When is the best time of the year to sow grass seed?

Creating a beautiful lawn is possible wherever you are if you do it correctly, and one of the most important aspects of the process is knowing when the best time to sow the seed is.

The Best Time to Sow Grass Seed

The summer months are usually too hot and dry for grass seed to thrive, so the best time is early autumn. Late summer might work too if the heat has begun easing up and some rain has returned.

Mid-spring works if you are prepared to put in a lot of extra work as the lawn will need to be tended to more during the subsequent summer with plenty of regular watering and weeding.

By sowing in early autumn though, the soil is in ideal condition, usually warm and a bit damp from rain. There will also be much less competition from weeds at this time of year, giving your lawn the best chance of establishing itself for the long haul.

A multi-purpose grass seed mix is a good option to create a lush green lawn, with the grass seed mix available through Springbridge boasting a tenacious nature that sprouts quickly but grows slowly. The mix produces generally short grass that doesn’t demand too much maintenance.

How to Prepare Your Lawn for Seeding

If you are looking to completely overhaul your lawn then completely kill off the old one before sowing new seeds. This is especially a good idea if your old lawn was infested with weeds, as you can kill them off as well.  

Once the old lawn is gone, clear off any debris that has found its way onto the soil. Rake the soil until it is flat and even and walk all over it to firm the soil again after the raking.

This is a good moment to give your soil a close inspection and determine what kind of soil you have if you do not know already. Some soils could do with the addition of topsoil or a soil-improving compost to add extra nutrients for growing or to help with retaining moisture.

How to Sow Grass Seed

Your grass seed mix seed mix should have some basic instructions regarding the best sowing method for those particular seeds, as different mixes can have slight variations or different requirements.

General guidelines to follow include ensuring you have an even distribution of the seeds, and a tool like a lawn spreader can be useful for this. You will want to sow half of the seeds in rows going lengthways, then other half in rows going widthways. 

Rake the lawn immediately after sowing to get an even more balanced spread. Now water the lawn and keep it moist until the grass is established.

If you want multi-purpose grass seed or a mix of grass seed and wildflowers for a gardening or landscaping project, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.