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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Too late to plant a lawn ? Reply with quote

I've completely dug up my back garden and laid in raised flower beds and gravel but I now want to replant a small oval area of grass bordered by log roll. But is it too late in the year (September) to be planting a lawn and hoping that it will grow ???
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your using lawn seed try to get it in well before the first frosts in october. I planted my front lawns the first week of october three years ago which was cutting it a bit fine, but the seeds germinated well and the resulting lawn turned out fine. But to be on the safe side " get cracking "
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In all honesty, with the mild winters we have been having recently, you could sow a lawn in December. This is especially true in coastal regions, due to the warming aspect of the nearby water. However I personally would never sow lawn seed any later than the end of September, as once the seed germinates, the ground at that time will usually still be dry enough to allow two or three thickening cuts.
Wet soil makes seed sowing and mowing an impossibility.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just moved into our new house this year and have been cutting the grass ( basically the field) since then. Would it be worthwhile considering ploughing and sowing proper lawn seed? Is there lawn seed that grows slower? Also any ideas of cost? I have a big enough area (too big when mowing it) about 1 acre. Maybe its a project to leave till next year... Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James is right and I go along with the end of September as being the best time and latest for sowing a new lawn, temperature is right and moisture should be alright. Whatever weeds germinate over the winter will be wiped out by the lawnmower at the first cutting.
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