After months of near hibernation we’re bursting to get in our gardens once again. However extreme and erratic winter weather can play havoc with your lawn and you may find this spring it’s in need of some tender loving care to restore it to its former glory. Lawns which are generally poor, weedy or sparse benefit from a programme of lawn maintenance which should include seeding the damaged areas (spot seeding) or seeding the whole lawn (overseeding) if the damage is extensive. Seeding is far easier than you may think. Simply choose the right type of quality seed for your garden; to do this ask yourself the following questions:
- Does my garden have a high footfall (Lillico Hardwear Lawn)?
- Is it particularly damp and shady (Lillico Shady Lawn)?
- Or is it an ornamental lawn with little wear and tear (Lillico Fine Lawn)?
Once you’ve settled on the seed type you can get on with the job in hand. For spot seeding simply cut out the damaged area of turf using a half moon edging iron and lift with a spade, lightly fork over the soil in the base of the removed square and sprinkle some crumbly top soil or compost over the base of the removed square. Scatter the grass seed over the base, cover the seed with a light sprinkling of top soil or compost to hide it from the birds and water very lightly with a watering can fitted with a fine rose. To overseed your lawn (seeding larger areas) first cultivate the soil and break open the surface with a stiff rake or potato hoe, then broadcast the seed either by hand or using a fertiliser spreader and gently tread down or if you have a roller roll the lawn in two directions. Pre-germinating the seed before sowing often yields the best results and better still you only need your seed, a bucket, compost and clingfilm. Simply add the seed to some moist compost in a bucket, cover with clingfilm and place somewhere warm, no higher than 15After three days check the seed for signs of germination, if none is seen continue checking daily thereafter. Once you see small white roots developing sow the mixture. Seeding whatever the time of the year requires ongoing care, in spring you will need to pay close attention to amount of rainfall as water is essential for good germination although too much and your seed will be washed away. It is advisable to water the existing lawn well before you sow and then don’t water again until the shoots appear. If it’s particularly dry then light watering manually should be done although keep watering to daytime as wet grass at night can cause disease so give your lawn plenty of time to dry, watering should continue until the grass is 1” tall, this may be a light sprinkle several times each day during hot weather. During this period also avoid any type of weed control until the new grass has been mowed 4 or 5 times or you’ll turn your grass brown. For specific advice on which grass seed would best suit your needs please pop in store and talk to one of our advisers or telephone us on 01306 883533 (Attlee) 01622 718062 (Lillico).