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Starting lawn from scratch

Discussion in 'Lawns' started by hoofy, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. jowwy

    jowwy Gardener

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    Yeh i raked mine in and then walked over the top of it all, then watered it all in…….

    You should get a nice growth during this weather, as its wet and warm at the moment, ideal growing weather….

    I have just ordered a manual cylinder mower, so i can give it a regular cut without getting the electrics out for the normal rotary mower.
     
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    As expected 7 days and it's up. Definite green tinge on the surface this morning so we're up and off.

    I've been thinking of buying a manual cylinder mower myself as they are fairly cheap and might be nice on the days when I'm in the mood and have plenty of time. I also have a smaller lawn 25m2 at the bottom of the garden so might be perfect for that one.
     
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      Just been and taken a few pictures of germination day1 just for the record. You can see the clumps of seeds looking a bit like waves breaking on the sea.

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        So, thinking ahead, how should I go about overseeding any bare patches? Everything I read tells me to stay off new grass, so what's the answer?
         
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        I still walked on mine too overseed and water without issues, i think they mean you cant going playing on it etc etc while its growing
         
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        Thanks for the info. I've read loads and not one article was clear about what you should do. They all said over seed but don't walk on the lawn.
         
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        You wouldnt be over seeding for a fair few weeks anyway and then only after a fair bit of grass is grown, you would be able to see were overseeding was needed and tread carefully and not stand around on it admiring the work
         
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          So just throw some seeds down and off or did you cover them with topsoil or tread them in?
           
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          I lightly forked the area with a hand fork, applied new seed, lightly raked them in and then watered……
           
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            Five days since germination and the grass is growing well but a bit patchy due to heavy rain wash off after seeding.20210813_114158.jpg20210813_114151.jpg20210813_114209.jpg


            The bottom pic looks much worse than it actually looks irl but you can see it needs overseeding in some areas.

            The grass is around 2 inches high and my plan is to give it a first cut in around another 7 to 10 days time and also overseed while I'm at it.

            I'll be using a sharp rotary mower with a roller.
             
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              Its looking good loofah…..it will look patchy for a while and grow and different rates. Like you said, give it another 10days and then give it a chop, but only a 3rd off the top. Dont go scalping it too low, otherwise the roots will suffer.
               
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              Think you mean @hoofy !
               
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              I do…sorry loofah

              looking good @hoofy
               
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                12 days since germination.

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                Thickening up nicely.

                Plan is to roller it early next week when the weather dries up a bit.
                 
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