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Sow Cool: Give Your Lawn a Head Start With Dormant Seeding

Whether you’re starting from scratch or nursing an existing lawn back to health, seeding is an important task you want to get right. Early spring is a good time to do this. Just keep in mind that colder soil conditions may slow growth down a bit. You can also seed in the fall if you miss the window!

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The snow has come and gone and will likely come again before we shake off the chilly gloom of the season. But temperatures have risen just enough to thaw the winter wonderland, giving homeowners a sad glimpse of what lurks below.

This time of year, instead of a blanket of lush green grass, the back yard is a muddy, murky and patchy reminder of a lawn that could use some attention. Nothing to be done but wait until spring, right? Not necessarily. Your lawn may not be ready for the mower, but seeding the lawn now now will help your lawn get a leg up on spring growth.

Dormant seeding is the practice of sowing grass in the winter months when grass seeds are inactive. While there is little value in scattering seed, broadcasting grass seed over bare or patchy areas between snowfalls gives seeds an opportunity to anchor in the soil before germinating. Subsequent periods of freezing and thawing will help the process along, creating cracks and crevices in which seeds may settle before eventually be covered over by shifting soil.

Dormant seeding may take place anytime during the months of November through February. However, in the last few years studies have shown that February may be the best month for deployment, with germination success rates as high as nearly 75 percent—a significant advantage over December or January rates of around 50 percent.

If planning to seed your lawn before that final thaw, follow these simple rules to ensure the grass will be greener on your side of the fence.

  • Seeds must make direct contact with bare soil.
  • Dormant seeding is most successful in soil that is loose or has been previously tilled.
  • Rake the area before seeding to agitate the soil and ensure it is free of debris.
  • Follow seed provider guidelines for broadcast coverage. Too much seed can be as detrimental as under-seeding.
  • Once seeding is complete, lightly rake the surface to cover seeds.
  • Keep off the lawn and allow the weather to do your dirty work. The cycle of freezing and thawing in the coming weeks will help the seeds set and any snowfall will result in even soil compressing, which will aid in germination.
  • Hold off on the use of any herbicides until after germination has set in.

Now go inside and have a little hot cocoa. Maybe hit the web and find someplace to take your mower for a tune-up. It’s going to get a good workout on that beautiful lawn of yours.

Bloke reveals amazing lockdown garden project after just six weeks of using B&M’s grass seed

A BLOKE has shared the amazing results he got in his garden in six weeks after using B&M grass seeds.

Taking to the Facebook group Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK, he shared snaps of his lush green lawn.

Captioning his snaps, he wrote: “My lawn was in a really bad state, so I decided to dig it all up and re-seed it.

“Was the first time I have attempted a job like this. you need plenty of patience, perseverance and dedication.

“When I say this, you really have to water it 3 times a day religiously.

“I still have some patches where it did not germinate as well as I would have hoped, so I have seeded those bits again and the watering in those areas continues.

“Overall should be ready for a first cut on the rest of the fully grown areas in about 10 days time. Very happy.”

The man used four boxes of Johnsons Quick Lawn seeds, which costs just £2.99, spending a total of £11.96.

Fellow group members were seriously impressed with his efforts, praising his handiwork in the comments.

One said: “Our grass is awful, this looks amazing! Definitely going to try this!”

“Lovely result. Well done. Hard work pays off” agreed another with a third adding, “Fantastic! Nice to see proper grass.”

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Savvy shopper totally transforms muddy garden with £1 grass seed from Poundland

Before and after pictures show how Joshua Harris, 23, turned his muddy backspace into lush green turf.

The grass cost him £6 for six packs of 500g Chatsworth Love Your Lawn seed from Poundland.

Joshua, an IT technician from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, said the grass seed worked “miracles” on his garden.

He told The Sun: “I never really expected much when I bought the seed, I was just hoping it would make the area a bit less like a mud bath.

“The result were amazing, even after the second week you could see how thick it had started to grow.”

Joshua said he started by raking over the old soil to break up big clumps of dirt and remove dead pieces of grass.

He then put down a fresh layer of compost before throwing down the new seed and raking over the area again.

Joshua watered the seeds twice a day for two to three weeks, apart from when it rained, and poked holes into the earth to help the water get to the roots quicker.

He said: “I was seeing thick grass over the first two weeks.

“Some areas down the sides haven’t grown as fast because I didn’t water them correctly in the first few days but they have started to shoot up now.

“It took me longer to wait in the queues to get into the stores than it did to rake over and seed.”

Elsewhere, 500g of garden seed can cost up to £7 – such as this Verve Easy pack from B&Q.

If you were to buy six packs of this, you'd be paying £42 – meaning Joshua saved a staggering £36.

Sadly, Poundland doesn't offer an online delivery service, so you'll have to pick up a pack of grass seed in store.

Poundland has around 800 shops in the UK – use the online store finder to track down your nearest branch.

Joshua shared his project on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook group, where he was met with thousands of comments praising his gardening DIY.

One savvy shopper said: "Look how green it is!"

Another commented: "Damn that’s hard to believe but it looks amazing!

"Shows you don’t need expensive things to get a good job done! Well done this is great."

A third posted: "Works amazing. Used this in the past."

As Joshua used a fresh layer of compost before laying his seed, you’ll need to factor this cost into your shop.

The Sun has got a guide on the cheapest compost you can currently buy.

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