Examine your soil at beginning dig down and turn it over to see if you have adequate quality topsoil and not just poor subsoil and the remnants of a building site. Starting a fresh requires a little bit of elbow grease. For all the quality lawn products and expert advice you need see our experts in store or ask our expert online.
Sowing a new lawn can be can be carried out from March to September however for best results sow in the spring from March to May and in early autumn from September to min-October
Kill off all existing grass and weeds with a non selective weedkiller such roundup. Allow existing growth to die off over a period of 7-10 days for the roundup to work through to the roots. (For best results ensure round up is applied on a dry day and as early as possible in the dayto avoid rain and dew diluting the active ingredient) After this period the existing lawn have turned yellow/brown and all weeds and grass will be dead.
Using a spade or garden fork dig the soil to a depth of approximately 25cm (10 in) and break up large clumps pick out large stones and other debris from the soil. Allow time for the soil to dry and become more workable normally a couple of days (new housing estates can tend to have very poor soil and contain a lot of builders rubble just below the surface this should all be removed also)
Replace any areas of removed debris or rubble with fresh topsoil and break down soil to a fine workable soil using a rake in a back a forth motion this will also level the ground filling lower lying parts of the lawn.
Rake and firm the soil to complete the seed bed. Firming the soil can be done by rolling with a light garden roller or simply walking on across in a flat sole shoe. Area will be firm under foot at this stage.
On an ever so moist surface sow seeds by hand or using a drop spreader evenly over the entire area rake over lightly and roll or walk over area again to press seen into the soil.
Water in thoroughly being careful not to wash away the seed. Continue watering in dry conditions until the grass is well established check soil for moistness in you new lawn daily.
Glen joined Jones Garden Centre in 2007 and forms part of the outdoor living team as well as being a keen Hobby Gardner. Glen is always on hand to offer tips on anything from BBQ cooking to creating a lush green lawn.