How to grow grass from seed

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Whether it is an area for your kids to play on, entertaining guests or just something nice to look at, when growing a lawn it’s important to choose the right type of grass to suit your needs. In this video you’ll learn how to grow grass from seed, and a few tips in how to protect it while it is growing. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare your soil
2 Evenly apply your fertiliser
3 Spread out lawn seed
4 Top dress your surface
5 Apply a wetting agent
6 Add a stringline barrier
  • Step 1. Prepare your soil

    After you have chosen the lawn seed that will best suit your home, you need to prepare the soil. Make sure your soil doesn’t have any rocks, scattered debris or grass in it. Use a rake to clear it out and flatten the surface as much as possible.

  • Step 2. Evenly apply your fertiliser

    Next you need to add some fertiliser to your soil. Give the area a few good handfuls, evenly shaken out across the surface.

  • Step 3. Spread out lawn seed

    When spreading out lawn seed, it’s important not to overdo it. Try to avoid throwing the seed out in clumps. Make sure you have an even spread of seed across your whole surface.
  • Step 4. Top dress your surface

    Give your seeds the best chance by weighing them down. You can keep your lawn seed from blowing away and stop the birds getting to it with a top dressing of lawn soil. You should try to cover your seed by a couple of millimetres of top dressing. 

  • Step 5. Apply a wetting agent

    Next you need to add a wetting agent to your surface. They often come in pre-mixed packages that you attach to your hose and spray. A direct hit of water from the hose will wash the seed away. So try and apply the wetting agent evenly as a fine mist. Give it a moderate soak – there’s no need to overwater it in.

  • Step 6. Add a stringline barrier

    Add a stringline barrier around the edge to keep people from walking across your newly planted seed. To do this put plastic stakes in the four corners of your lawn and a few extras down the sides. Then connect with some stringline. You could even tie a few small rag strips to your corner stakes to draw more attention to your barrier. Water the surface daily until you get a couple of centimetres of growth.

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Tools

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  • Rake
  • Scissors
  • Watering device

Materials

  • Fertiliser
  • Lawn Soil
  • Plastic stakes
  • Seed
  • Soil wetter
  • Stringline
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