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How do I sow my new lawn?

The aim here is to work the area you wish to sow to a point where it is as weed free as possible and is a uniform surface with finely tilled soil or sand while still maintaining a firm base so that it does not foot print too deeply when you walk on it. The following steps will help achieve this.

1. Spray out area to be sown and cultivate then leave (if possible) for re-growth of weeds, then spray out again.

2. Cultivate area removing rock and debris including weed material, leaving a clean finely tilled soil area ready for seeding.

3. Sow seed, using a good strong rate (specific to variety used) to insure quick full cover with the least amount of weed invasion. For best results spread seed uniformly over surface, either by hand or with a spreader.

A tip here is to spread half the total amount seed over the whole area then repeat with the rest of the seed. This will assist with a more uniform coverage. You can do the same thing when applying fertiliser or other granulated products.

4. Apply Turfmaster Starter fertiliser, then lightly rake surface to ensure maximum soil to seed contact without burying the seed too deep.

5. Lightly roll surface, and water with a fine droplet sprinkler or by hand, maintaining a moist surface (without being over watered) through germination period. During this establishment phase light frequent watering is preferable to infrequent heavy watering. An application of GTi Prolawn Aquaturf G at this point is really helpful to achieve uniform wetting of the newly sown surface.

Refer to Lawn Guide below

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