SEEDING A LAWN

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Cultivations before sowing: Cultivation (digging vs rotavating); First levelling, consolidate, levelling; (Rolling); (Stale seed bed); Pre-seeding fertiliser raked in; Sow as soon as conditions suit; Seed can be stored; Mark out dimension of lawn; Select type of mixture required: Calculate seed quantity to purchase; Area x sowing rate; Fine lawn 30gm per m²; General 20-25gm per m²; General with Rye grass 15-20gm per m²; Allow to keep some seed in reserve for patching up.

Sowing: Sowing by hand or drill: Sow half the seeds lengthways; Sow the other half crossways; Divide large areas into smaller sections; Calibrate drill to grass seeds; Sow during dry, calm weather; Rake after sowing, protect from birds; Irrigate if necessary.

After germination: Roll when grass is 5cm high to firm soil and induce tillering; Cut with sharp bladed mower (no front roller); Progressively reduce cut height; Control weeds, dig out seedlings of perennial weeds and course grasses, Annuals will mow out; Limit use during first season; Feed and irrigate; Watch for damping-off disease (water with a fungicide if necessary).