Sowing For Success

March 16, 2020

I’m sure we’ve all been there, battling with the lawn woes, wondering why your lawn isn’t as lush as your neighbours! Well, lucky for you, here are some important steps to take in order to sow a new lawn! 

Soil Preparation

The base where you lay your turf is important to get right in order for your new grass to thrive! Begin by cultivating the soil by digging (or rotary hoeing) to a depth of 100mm. Incorporate one of our fertilisers (Pre-plant) at 4kg/100m2. Re-compact the site with a light garden roller to create a firm base. Lastly, rake the soil lightly for a final finish. 

Seeding

Your selected seed will have recommended label rates. Sow by splitting the seed in half and sowing each half in opposite directions. After the first half has been sown, lightly rake over the seed in order to mix it into the soil. Leave the second seed dressing on the surface and simply roll the surface after sowing the remainder of the seed. 

Mowing

Only mow the grass when it exceeds 50mm long, it is also preferred to use the highest setting on your mower. We recommend that you mow every 4-5 days throughout the establishment phase while slowing bringing the cutting height down to 35mm. Try mowing in different directions with each mowing. 

Fertiliser

In order to make your new lawn flourish, apply Finelawn Gold fertilizer at 4kg/100m2 approximately 4 weeks after germination. Continue to apply at this rate every 8 weeks for the first 6 months. After this time period, these applications can be reduced to about 4 times per year. 

Herbicide

Lastly, apply Banvine at recommended label rates 8 weeks after germination for the control of broadleaf weeds that may creep in! This practice of controlling broadleaf should occur each Spring and Autumn. 

Follow these steps, and your lawn will be the envy of your neighbours and friends! All products listed are available from our shop or can be purchased through our online store! 

However, if you have any further queries, please contact the lawn professionals at Finelawn!

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