The Home Owners Guide to Sowing a Lawn

Soil to lush lawn growing
Soil to lush lawn growing

The Home Owners Guide to Sowing a Lawn

Preparation

Sowing a lawn is done perfectly in Autumn because the mornings are fresh yet we still get the long sunny days of Nelson to allow plenty of growth from seed.

Before you start laying the lawn will you need to prepare the area to give the roots the best possible chance for sustained growth.

Depending on the area, you will likely need to remove existing lawn, hard-fill, or stones to create a good foundation for the lawn. Create a deficit of 60mm from what you would like the finished level to be. This will be the most important leveling as it sets up what media the seed will grow in.

You will also need to accommodate for drainage and have all gradients running away from buildings to eliminate flooding.

 

Building a Long-Lasting Lawn

Add a 50mm layer of Screened Soil over the existing ground which will not only make levelling and working with easy but also provide a good hard base for the lawn to grow on. If the base layer is of a clay base, loosening up the first 20mm or so will provide a platform for the soil to mix in with. If the change of soil type is intense the roots wont climatize to it and will cause a die off of root structure and plants.

Next add a 20mm layer of Lawn Soil which is a blend of our Barnyard Compost and sand. This creates a nutritious free draining layer that creates a perfect fast growing. Sprinkle lawn seed over and gently rake in before wetting. The remaining 10mm surplus will slowing compose and reduce over the coming weeks to bring you back to the original level planned.

 

How Much Lawn Seed Do I need?

We generally recommend anywhere between 60-80grams of seed per square metre for a lush green lawn. This will provide enough coverage for a thick lawn and will help prevent re-seeding in the future. If too much seed is applied then the seed will compete with itself for nutrients and through this create a slow growing stagnate lawn

Things to know:

  • We can take your hard-fill, old lawn, and all green waste at our Retail Yard: 55 Saxtons Road Stoke.
  • We have plenty of dry screened soil, and fresh, fast-moving lawn soil.
  • We stock a high-quality lawn seed with great yield results.

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  • Compost: 17m³ - 38m³
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Recommended depths

Typically you need a finishing layer of screened soil of 100mm when working with an uneven surface. 100mm of soil will allow to even out any hollows and give enough depth to create a flat surface

A general rule for compost is to allow for the depth of the current root structure of your plants with an additional 30-50% to mix in with the base. If you’re planting into holes or filling up a vege garden  you will need to accommodate for this prior to filling up

We recommend 100mm (10cm) deep for new bark gardens and planting into bare areas. For existing gardens with some cover, we recommend 75mm-100mm (7.5cm-10cm)

Note: Barked areas for playground impact protection need to meet NZS5828:2015 standards and is calculated on the fall areas and the height of the playground. Please contact us to discuss your barked playground areas

For paths and driveways which are often exposed to car and foot traffic, we recommend 100mm-125mm (10cm-12.5cm) on newly prepared areas due to settling of product.

This excludes preparation, compaction or drainage gravel underneath. For existing areas 75mm thickness is recommended for areas needing a small top-up.