At which instance should I be seeding a lawn?
Early spring and fall tend to be the best time for seeding a lawn however in the correct situations you can sow grass at any time of each year. But bear in mind that seedlings endeavoring to grow in a hot summertime or harsh winter may require very much more tending than normal if they germinate even the least bit.
Strong rainwater ought to be steered clear of when it can be forecast or except when your soil has first-rate drainage. Ideal soil for germination should be damp but crumbling.
Setting up soil for planting a lawn
Make certain there are no plants/weeds in the patch of ground to be sown. If you prefer the eco-friendly option I'll strongly recommend undertaking it yourself. It's first-rate exercise, you could get the family involved and that can make it a great deal more fulfilling.
Eliminate any bricks, stones, plastic or other inorganic materials. After the soil settles somewhat you really don't want lumps where rubble was or perhaps a sharp object slightly below the surface whereby a toddler could fall down on it.
Utilize a garden fork to break up the soil a bit to a deepness of 100mm. This is an excellent opportunity to do any leveling on the location.
Rake the top 30mm to break that up properly to a decent tilth. Rake from several directions to keep things flat and even and rake while walking backwards to avoid treading on the tilth. You want to work on this about a week before sowing to let the freshly turned topsoil to settle somewhat.
Also a few days before it's well worth giving the spot a light watering if ever the soil has dried out and no rainfall is expected. Not very much though, you really do not want the seeds sitting in water.
If a few weeds emerge through the week you leave it they should be removed before sowing.
As a final point rake it once more and gently compact the soil (using your feet or a roller). This is to make the seeds stick around near the surface and not simply drop down into gaps where they will likely not shoot enough to get to sunlight. Remove any stones which may have made appearances because the soil was settling.
Sowing the lawn
You really don't want to be seeding a lawn on a blowy day. Besides the chance of seed blowing away from the lawn vicinity it might also make the sowing patchy and you could end up with uneven patchy lawn.
Ensure you have picked the right kind of seed and get the right amount for your lawn area. Aside from the cool/warm season seed mentioned earlier you can find varieties for ornamental gardens, hard-wearing lawns (for kids and pets) and some meant for shaded areas. Around 50g for every square meter is a good guideline but read the packaging for particulars for that kind. Also determine the germination rate which they should specify. Most should be around 90-95% however some are less so it is advisable incorporate a bit extra. Old seed also germinates less, maybe 20-25% per annum less so it is it is possible to get new seed but not cheap, old stock for a similar reasons. You can always keep any surplus for over-seeding in the following year.
Sowing time at last! It s always best to sow the seed in various passes to ensure that seeds get meted out evenly. You can easily lay the seed just a bit too thickly and start running out towards the end of the lawn should you try it in one shot. Divide the seed into a number of identical amounts and endeavor to cover the ground equally on each pass. Walk each pass from a different direction to make sure the seed gets into any gaps you may have missed from the other ways. You could sow by hand, ensuring to drop it evenly, make use of a hand-held seed spreader or one that you push.