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How to Sow a Lawn

Spring and autumn are the best times to sow a lawn.

Follow the steps and watch the video below for how to sow a lawn.

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Steps to sow a lawn

  1. When starting a new lawn from scratch, spray the area to kill any existing grass and weeds.
  2. Prepare spray according to directions on the pack (follow safety directions and precautions). Depending on the size of the area, a knapsack or pressure sprayer are suitable options.
  3. Clear away any dead grass and weeds once it has browned off (at least 7 days after spraying).
  4. Tui LawnForce® Lawn Preparation Mix provides lawn seed with a base of essential nutrients and fertiliser.
  5. Apply a 25-30mm layer of Tui LawnForce® Lawn Preparation Mix to the area.
  6. Create a level and compact area of your lawn by raking and filling. Use a rakehead or your heel to flatten the area before sowing the seed. A level area with no lumps or hollows helps ensure even germination. Pro tip! a levelling rake can be used to level the area quickly with ease.
  7. Water to help the mix settle before sowing.
  8. Sow seed on a fine day at the rate set out on the packaging. Choose from the range of Tui LawnForce® Superstrike Lawn Seed for a quick grow lawn that establishes in as little as 7 days*. 
  9. Apply seed at 25g per square metre, scatter in a north to south and an east to west direction.
  10. Rake in lightly to ensure seed is covered.
  11. Water lightly and keep moist on a daily basis while the lawn seed germinates. Try to avoid puddles as this can move the seed around.

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Wait until your lawn has grown to at least 5cm to mow.

* Seeds will germinate in 7 days in ideal soil and weather conditions and when the correct steps are followed. in non-ideal conditions germination may take longer.