When to sow grass seed in spring

Phil Spencer provides tips on improving a garden on a budget

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If you previously had a patio or a gravel-filled garden and are now opting to go au naturale with a luscious green garden, you will already know it is a very high-maintenance job. From when you initially plant your garden to the right temperatures, the length of the grass and even the strength of its watering, it is all crucial to know if you want the lawn to flourish.

Our garden lawns can become neglected and bare, and if not looked after properly may require replanting of grass seed.

However, you can’t just buy grass seed and sow it at any time.

More than anything, you’ll need to be mindful of when you start sowing the grass seeds, as there are different periods throughout the year where lawn mixtures actually start to grow.

Here’s all you need to know about planting grass seeds and growing a fresh garden in the UK springtime.

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When to sow your grass seeds

Different brands of seeds all have their own guidelines which you should read before taking any other advice, but the general window to start growing your garden is any time from late March to mid-October.

Throughout this time period, it is important to ensure that during periods of unusually dry weather, the grass is kept completely moist until it’s reached around 2.4 inches (6cm) in height.

You can technically start sowing the seeds any time from late March onwards, but if you are patient, you should consider waiting until September.

Once September has arrived, the unpredictable British climate will be less of a hindrance.

Instead, you will be guaranteed steady wet and damp conditions meaning you will have to water the garden way less.

In the summer, you must ensure your lawn is kept moist throughout the blazing hot summer.

September is the main time of year to start sowing.

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This is because the ground is still warm after the summer and there tends to be more moisture.

The seed will get off to a good start before the winter and weeds will be minimal.

During the late autumn, a good root system will develop, as opposed to top growth, and your lawn will be in perfect condition the next spring and summer.

Another important factor to consider is watering, so just how should you water your lawn?

You should always make sure to water with a fine spray as a force of water that is too strong will just displace the seeds and it will not work.

You should also make sure that there is a certain level of warmth to the soil, around six to eight degrees celsius is required, this happens when the air temperature itself sits at above 10 degrees celsius.

When using a hosepipe to water the lawn during a heatwave, you need to ensure the ground is thoroughly soaked and it should be watered regularly to this degree.

Occasional light watering will not be beneficial and will just do more harm than good.

What else should be taken into consideration?

Weeds can be a problem with newly sown lawns, no matter how good the seed or the preparation of the seedbed, some weeds will always appear.

The best way to control any weeds that germinate from the ‘seedbank’ is to mow them out.

Annuals are well controlled by frequent mowing once cutting starts.

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