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Hello all,

i have just moved into a new house and the lawn is a real mess. big bald spots, weeds and moss.

i started with a weed and feed which has killed the moss. i raked the dead black moss off. It did a half decent job with the dandelions too, visibly weakening them and i followed that up by digging out the roots.

now i am left with the big bald spots on the lawn. i dont own the house so digging up the lawn and laying new turf isnt really an option but i am prepared to reseed the garden. what is the best way to go about the seeding? When it comes to seeding anything i am a complete novice and any tips, no matter how small would be a big BIG help to me. someone i know has told me that raking in bonemeal to the soil and then covering the seeds with a light dusting of garden sand is the way to go. is this correct? also how often should i water the seeds?

I live in the UK.

Many thanks

Sean

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On Apr 30, 8:17*am, Seanhull
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Hello all,

i have just moved into a new house and the lawn is a real mess. big bald
spots, weeds and moss.

i started with a weed and feed which has killed the moss. i raked the
dead black moss off. It did a half decent job with the dandelions too,
visibly weakening them and i followed that up by digging out the roots.

now i am left with the big bald spots on the lawn. i dont own the house
so digging up the lawn and laying new turf isnt really an option but i
am prepared to reseed the garden. what is the best way to go about the
seeding? When it comes to seeding anything i am a complete novice and
any tips, no matter how small would be a big BIG help to me. someone i
know has told me that raking in bonemeal to the soil and then covering
the seeds with a light dusting of garden sand is the way to go. is this
correct? also how often should i water the seeds?

I live in the UK.

Many thanks

Sean

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Seanhull


This question has been asked here regularly and you can find replies
with google. Also if you look for "over seeding lawn", "lawn
renovation",
etc, you'll find lots of info.
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Seanhull wrote:
Hello all,

i have just moved into a new house and the lawn is a real mess. big
bald spots, weeds and moss.

i started with a weed and feed which has killed the moss. i raked the
dead black moss off. It did a half decent job with the dandelions too,
visibly weakening them and i followed that up by digging out the
roots.

now i am left with the big bald spots on the lawn. i dont own the
house so digging up the lawn and laying new turf isnt really an
option but i am prepared to reseed the garden. what is the best way
to go about the seeding? When it comes to seeding anything i am a
complete novice and any tips, no matter how small would be a big BIG
help to me. someone i know has told me that raking in bonemeal to the
soil and then covering the seeds with a light dusting of garden sand
is the way to go. is this correct? also how often should i water the
seeds?


Scrape up the surface with a rake so there is a little loose dirt. Sprinkle on
the seed, then rake it lightly to cover as much as you can with a little dirt.
Sprinkling a little extra dirt over the uncovered seed will help. I usually pack
it down by stepping on it with flat soled shoes to help retain the seed. Then
keep it very lightly watered till the grass is growing well. I set a timer on a
sprinkler to water it for 5 minutes 3 times a day, so it can't dry out, which
may kill the sprouting seeds.




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