To be compared with establishing lawns by turf (see 6.4) to include ideal months to carry out task, time required for establishment, immediate impact, evenness of initial growth, sustainability, species in mix. Costs (either in purchase or labour these must be qualified, i.e. x£s per kilo or labour hours x square metres).


Sowing seed (Autumn and Spring): Benefits: Cheaper; Big choice of mixture; Seeds can be stored; Sowing can be delayed; May need irrigation. Limitations: Long to establish; Needs good soil preparation; Need to control weeds; Dependent on good weather; Needs protection from birds / wind / frost; Risks of disturbance of seedbed by birds / cats.

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