When sowing a new lawn one important question you will have is does grass seed need to be buried? Well does it? Let’s have a look and find out.
Does Grass Seed Need To Be Buried?
No grass seed does not need to be buried. It can be left on the surface or lightly raked into the soil.
I know lots of people say that you need to protect grass seed from the birds, but I have never found this to be a problem. I have worked as a landscape gardener so have seeded many lawns.
I have to say I have never protected them from birds and never had a single problem, there is simply too much seed for birds to be a problem.
They may take some but they are never going to take too much, and even if a few bare patches appear you simply sow more seeds.
It is far easier to sow more seeds than to try and stop the birds from getting at them, not to mention cheaper too!
How To Sow A New Lawn
You have probably found this article because you are looking to sow a new lawn, let me help you and spread a little bit of the knowledge I have found from working as a landscape gardener.
Sowing a lawn is actually very simple, just follow these few steps and in a few weeks’ time, you can have a lovely lush green lawn.
You want to have nice soil to sow into, that is one of the most important steps.
If you have pre-existing soil then rake in some compost in order to up the fertility of what is probably pretty tired ground.
Make sure your soil base is nice and flat, give everything a really good rake and then walk around to flatten the area.
Before sowing give the ground one last look to make sure there are no low or high patches.
Then I like to give the soil a really good soak before sowing any seeds. This means you don’t have to water after sowing and risk washing your seeds into clumps leaving other areas bare.
I don’t rake the seeds in, just leave them on the surface.
Some people say use bird netting but I have never done this, birds may come and nick a few seeds but they really aren’t going to take enough to cause any damage.
And you can always sow a few more seeds if some areas look to be a bit barren, a whole extra box of lawn seed will probably cost you less than the netting to keep birds off!
As your lawn is growing keep it well watered, your seedlings are fragile and a little drought could kill them off. It is wise to not plan a holiday or anything for a few weeks after sowing a lawn as you could be watering it every day if the weather is dry.
After a few weeks, your brow soil should begin to develop a green haze as the grass seeds start to germinate. This is a good time to get the box of grass seeds out and go back over any patches where the germination rate isn’t as high as you would like.
Let the grass grow at least 2-3 inches before you give it a mow. And this first mow should be very gentle, set your mower as high as it can go, we don’t want to shock the young plants at this point.
Keep mowing the lawn over the next few weeks, gradually bringing the height of the grass down to the level you want.