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Sowing Grass Seed During Winter – Equine Paddock Mix

Some recent questions regarding sowing grass seed during the winter to an existing horse paddock.

Question – Is it too late to sow grass seed on to an existing horse paddock; if not what seed would you recommend?

Answer – Thank you for contacting us. This product should be fine for you.

Question – Hi thank you for your reply can you confirm that the grass seed you recommend can be sown at this time of year, thanks?

Answer – There is nothing stopping you sowing grass seed during winter but seeds need two main things to germinate – warmth and moisture. It would be fair to assume that there is plenty of moisture around at the moment. However, the soil temperature is reasonably cold. So chances of a successful sowing are very low. The most favourable times of year for sowing is Spring (mid-March until April are usually the best times), and late summer (September-October). I hope this helps.

Question – Hi, my label is damaged and i can’t read what dilution I need for my “Vitax Green Up, Lawn Weed and Feed” please could you just e-mail it to me, Thanks?

Sowing Grass Seed During Winter Vitax Green Up Weed And FeedAnswer – Instructions for “Vitax Green Up, Lawn Weed and Feed”

Do not mow for 3 days before and 3 days after treatment to allow full uptake and movement within the weeds. Do not spray on laws which are less than one year old. Allow at least six weeks between treatment and over-seeding established turf. Do not treat during drought, freezing conditions or in periods of prolonged cold weather. Allow at least six months before sowing or planting broad-leaved plants.

To treat 12 meter sq. use 2 measures (60ml) in 6 litres of water when using a watering can with a fine rose or sprinkler bar, or 60ml in 1 litre of water when applying by sprayer. Set the sprayer nozzle to a medium setting. Avoid too fine a spray as drift onto neighbouring plants may occur.

Half fill the watering can or sprayer with water then add the weedkiller plus remaining water, mix thoroughly and use immediately.

After use immediately wash out equipment with water and detergent to remove all traces of weedkiller, fill with clean water and leave overnight. Spray or drain out again before storing or using another product. Keep children and pets away from treated area until spray has dried.

After treatment leave the clippings from the first mowing on the lawn. The next three mowings should be composted well, for at least 9 months before being used as a mulch. Do not dispose of the grass clippings via council composting schemes.

Question – Hi, I live in the Philippines and need to find a suitable grass seed to cover approximately 2000 Sq. Meters of well drained land.  It needs to be able to withstand tropical conditions and does not have to be of a fine type (a rough coarse variety is OK).  What is common here is referred to as carabao grass but its not available here in seed form so we plan to have  it sent from the UK to here. Please advise the most cost effective type that you have.

Answer – Hi, The only grass seed we sell that comes close is called Bermuda Grass Seed here is a quick link


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Winter Lawn Care, Dealing With Frost, Snow and Falling Leaves

The winter season is a turbulent time for gardeners. Although not a lot of work is carried out in the garden this time of year. There are still various things that you can do to help keep your lawn in the best condition possible.

Lawn – Seeds Winter Lawn Care Tip 

Frozen Lawn? Steer Clear!

This is very important, you need to steer clear of your lawn if it is either wet or frozen. If you do walk over you lawn in frosty or wet conditions then you could be causing irreparable damage to the grass plant. This is something that is not easily repairable and you’ll have to wait until the spring to correct this.

Clear Leaves and Debris

It’s very important that you clear any leaves or debris that falls on your lawn throughout the winter season. Using a light rake or a brush to keep leaves and rubbish from your lawn. If fallen leaves are left they will trap moisture within the lawn and will attract diseases and worms.

Mowing Your Lawn in the Winter? 

We would never advise you to mow your lawn during the winter season as this can cause all types of issues for you. Only mow your lawn if it is absolutely vital and the conditions are safe and suitable. 

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Sowing Grass Seed In Autumn After A Warm Summer

Sowing Grass Seed Autumn

We are quickly approaching the time when sowing grass seed in your garden is optimal. Generally in the UK we sow grass seed twice a year, firstly mid Spring and secondly mid Autumn.

Autumn is generally a great opportunity to sow as you have less weeds, the soil can be damp from rain and warm from the recent summer.

Choosing The Right Product For Sowing Grass Seed

Selecting the right garden seed is always important and obviously we’re going to tell you to buy our grass seed as it’s the best. You can can choose the right seed depending on the conditions of your soil, so if your garden is shady then choose our Shaded Garden Mix or if your garden takes a lot of punishment from children or dogs then choose our Hardwearing Grass Seed.

Preparing Your Soil

  • Prepare the soil by raking off any old grass; remove large stones, weeds and roughly level.
  • Fork over the site and rake level again to leave a clean finish.
  • Firm the soil by walking over, placing weight on your heels and rake again.
  • Two or three days before the seed is to be sown, lightly rake in a granular fertiliser.

Sowing Your Seed

  • You can use string to mark out the area to be sown.
  • Mix up the seed by shaking the box.
  • As a rule of thumb spread the seed at 50g per square metre (you can calculate how much seed you will require by using our useful grass seed calculator).
  • Split each 50g in half and scatter seed in one direction across a square and then spread the rest in the opposite direction.
  • After sowing, lightly rake over the area and water.

Post Sowing Grass Seed

  • Protect the newly sown seed from pests such as birds by stretching netting over area.
  • Prevent people from walking across the soil.
  • Seedlings are susceptible to drought, so keep them watered during dry spells. Test your soil regularly by pushing your fingers into it.
  • Carefully weed the area by hand, removing any weeds before they flower.
  • When the new lawn is 5cm (2in) high, cut with a rotary mower to 2.5cm (1in).

The basis of this advice has been supplied from BBC Gardening Section.

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Lawn Feed and Care Plan for The Year

Caring for a lawn, seeding, feeding and weeding. There is always something to do.

A nice Summer weekend, a barbeque outside, enjoying your lawn. The hot weather and increased foot traffic are likely to leave your lawn in need of a little care and attention. The evening after a hard days use is the right time to get out the lawn spreader and hose out, and perhaps re-seed any worn areas of grass.

A good lawn spreader will make the task of feeding your grass quick and easy and ensures you broadcast the right amount of fertilizer to nourish your garden without waste.

Feeding your Lawn

In mid-spring (often late March to April), use a proprietary spring or summer lawn fertiliser at the manufacturer’s recommended rates. Feeding the lawn will increase vigour and help prevent weeds and moss from establishing. Apply fertilisers when the soil is moist, or when rain is expected.

Early in the growing season, around Easter. A lawn would benefit from feeding and seeding. A good nitrogen-based fertilizer applied when the soil is damp will ensure good growth.

Later in the year, during the hot Summer months a mix of sulphate and ammonia fertilizer mixed with soil to a ratio of 4x soil to 1x fertilizer applied in cool or damp weather. Using a lawn spreader set to 15 grams per meter squared for most lawn types.

It’s not advisable to use strong nitrogen-based fertilizers late in the year. These over nourish the soil and cause late, leafy growth that will make your grass susceptible to damage from early frosts.

The Royal Horticultural Society has detailed advice on how and when to care for your lawn using the products on this page. 

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Lawn Seed

Over-Seeding your Lawn

Preparing your lawn for seeding you may first want to rake or fork over any hard or compacted areas where the seed is likely to struggle to germinate. Remove any moss and garden debris from the area.

Using high-quality seed, broadcast at a rate of around 15 grams per square meter before lightly raking over the ground to encourage the seed to penetrate.

In many gardens, birds will be a problem. Proprietary lawn netting placed over the re-seeded areas solves this problem. Remember to remove the netting once the grass has taken which is normally between 1 and 2 weeks.

If you are re-seeding during dry weather then an early morning or late evening watering will help the seed thrive and give best results.

For large lawns, and those with frequent use that require re-seeding often, a good lawn seed broadcaster will give you the right coverage per square meter.

The Case For Not Watering Your Lawn

Watering your lawn isn’t always required. The grass is different from other types of plant and will enter a dormant state when there is no moisture. The plant will resume growth when water becomes available.

No two lawns are alike, all have varying properties and different needs. Most lawns here in the UK will survive through long periods without water. Grass can survive several months in this dormant state without water. The lawn may start to lose its colour but usually, the lawn will not be affected.

Our advice would be to keep your eye open for any drastic change in your lawn. Brown, the tough grass is usually alive and well. A sharp shower will often bring back its verdant glory in no time.

The normal sign of a dead lawn is an area with bald patches of earth, particularly compacted earth, This will require more care and attention before your grass is recovered. Breaking the soil and re-seeding then feeding and watering.

The Case For Watering Your Lawn

There are plenty of reasons why you should water your lawn. If you like to keep a good surface area for playing games or for young children to play then we would advise watering your lawn regularly.

We would always advise you to spray your lawn in the morning and never at night. If you do not have time to water your lawn in the mornings then we would advise you to invest in a sprinkler system.

Of course, sometimes it may not be beneficial to water your lawn. In cases of a drought, or reservoirs are not being replenished, then it may do more harm than good.

How Often Should I Water My Lawn?

We would always advise you to water your lawn when it tells you too. You should not water your lawn according to some online plan. There are various factors you need to take into account. Your soil type, grass type, exposure to the sun and winds are just a few varying factors to take into account.

Some lawns will need to be watered once per week and other can go a whole month before watering. There is not one rule for everyone.