Lawn Seed Mix
Made from a mixture of dwarf rye grass, red fescue and smooth meadow grass. Ideal for a new lawn or repairing damaged areas. Organic seed (45% organic + 55% organic conversion). Free from neonicotinoid pesticides.
- Sow from March to September
- Seeding rate 25g - 35g/m2 (1kg will cover up to 40m2)
- Can be mixed with Micro White Clover Pipolina for a greener lawn.
30 % Per. Ryegrass DOUBLE*
35 % Per. Ryegrass TRANSATE**
10 % Red Fescue GONDOLIN*
20 % Red Fescue JASPERINA**
5 % Smooth Meadowgrass LIMAGIE*
* certified organic ** organic conversion
Dwarf Ryegrass is one of the slowest regrowth grasses available. Hardwearing and perennial, can withstand drought
Red fescue – Hardwearing and reasonably tolerant of drought – includes slender and creeping varieties. Red fescues have the unique ability to survive drought in both shade and full-sun areas, which makes them even more attractive. They also tolerate acidic soils, so may be the only grass able to survive in the dense, dry, acidic shade beneath conifers. With their low fertilizer requirements and lack of significant pests and diseases they are good choices for low-maintenance turf areas.
Smooth Stalked Meadowgrass (Poa pratensis) is also known as Kentucky Bluegrass. Well suited to growing in cold damp conditions. Leaves grow from the base of the plant, and spread well offering good ground coverage.
Making a new lawn
- Good soil preparation is key for establishing a new lawn.
- Dig over the soil, breaking down any lumps and removing stones and roots. Make sure the area is well drained, adding sand if necessary to heavy soil
- Getting the level right is critical. To do this, rake the area in different directions, making sure you cover the whole area.
- Apply a general NPK fertilizer.
- To get a firm surface, walk over the ground or roll with a roller.
- Divide large areas into smaller square metre sections if you want to be more accurate.
- Sprinkle the lawn seed in 2 passes at right angles to each other, to help the seed spread more uniformly.
- Lightly rake the surface to incorporate the seed into the soil.
- Finally, press the seed into the soil by walking over the entire area. You can use a light roller for larger areas.
- Water thoroughly to start the seed germinating, taking care not to wash the seeds away to create puddles.
- Water daily until established, usually this takes between 1-2 weeks.
- In very hot conditions, water late in the day once the sun has gone down.
- It’s better to water thoroughly once, rather than several times lightly.
- Mow for the first time with the highest setting when the grass is 5-8cm long. Make sure the grass is dry
Maintaining a lawn
In spring - gently rake the grass with a spring-tined rake, taking care not to tear it. This removes winter debris and lifts grass and weed foliage for efficient cutting. Leave a pile to one side, for the birds to use to build their nests. Once the soil is warm, sow bare patches. Fork the soil to break it up, then firm and level it before applying an appropriate grass seed. Cover with fleece or polythene to keep the birds off and water regularly.
Your first cut should not be too short. Especially if a sunny day leads to a night time frost.
Throughout summer - leave the clippings every so often. As they decompose they release nitrogen, providing up to 30 per cent of the lawn's required nutrients, especially if you have clover growing amongst the grass. Discourage perennial weeds by digging them out regularly.
In autumn - continue to aerate the soil to prevent moss.
Leaving uncut, longer areas are very good for wildlife.