Lawn seed is an economical way to start a fresh new lawn, helping to create a lush green space that will be an area of enjoyment and fun for years to come. October is a great time to start a new lawn from seed. The soil has warmed up, which encourages lawn seed to germinate, and the lawn will have time to start establishing before the heat of summer arrives.
To get the best possible results from sowing your new lawn, there are a few important steps to follow:
Weed control – weeds will compete with the new lawn so should be controlled 2 weeks before sowing lawn seed. This allows the weeds to die completely. Yates® Zero® Weedkiller can be used as a general spray over the area to kill any weeds and existing grasses.
Soil preparation – lawn seed should be sown into well drained, firm but not compacted soil that is rich in organic matter. An application of lawn top dressing can also benefit lawn establishment where the existing soil is heavy clay or poor and sandy or the surface is uneven.
Measure – measure the area and calculate the correct amount of lawn seed.
Sow – rake the soil surface in straight lines to create shallow furrows. Mixing lawn seed with Munns® Superstart Organic Based Seed & Turf Starter Fertiliser makes sowing lawn seed much easier and encourages better germination and root development as well as providing the grass seedlings with nutrients as they establish. Broadcast the seed and Superstart mix evenly over the area. It helps to halve the seed mix and sow half in an east west direction and the other half in a north south direction. After sowing, lightly cross rake the area to mix the seed into the topsoil.
Water – water the area with a fine mist spray. It is very important that the top soil remains moist for the first 14 – 21 days to complete germination. This may require watering several times a day if the weather is hot or windy. As the grass establishes, the number of waterings can be reduced but increase the volume of water at each watering.
Choosing the right lawn seed
There are so many different kinds of front and back lawns all around Australia, including lawns in sun or shade and areas that are a playground for pets and kids. People also have their own preferences for the type of lawn they want, including soft and upright grasses to tough and running varieties. To help you choose which lawn seed to use, here are some details about the most popular lawn seeds in the Munns and Yates range:
Munns® Arid Sun and Shade Lawn Seed Mix – a hardwearing and evergreen blend of upright ‘cool season’ grasses that will grow from full sun to 85% shade. These grasses do not require edge trimming and won’t invade garden beds as they are non-running. Suitable for all soil types and contains self-repairing tall fescue which makes it ideal for children and pets.
Munns Emerald Kikuyu– a ‘warm season’ drought tolerant, hard wearing running grass that has a darker green colour, finer leaf texture, is less invasive and remains greener in winter (shown below right in mid-winter) than other varieties of kikuyu. Emerald kikuyu lawn seed is blended with a wetting agent to moisture penetration into the soil. The seed can take up to 21 days to germinate.
Yates® LawnSmart® All Season Lawn Seed– a special blend of premium tall fescue, fast germinating ryegrass and other grasses to establish a drought tolerant lawn in cool climate areas. It survives in both sunny and shaded areas, offers excellent winter green colour and is ideal for oversowing shade damaged areas of kikuyu and buffalo lawns.