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Having come from a flat and moving into a house a couple of years ago, I got complacent. Last year I coped with weeds by just getting some liquid weed killer and killing the weeds. This year, I wanted to do something with the garden. All our garden is is basically a very large patch of grass with a stone pavement running to the bottom of the garden which leads to our garage. No flowers or decking etc.
This year I noticed that the weeds were back and growing in massive groups. Please look at my other review for how I dealt with it. I also had an infestation of ants. My wife said get boiling hot water, which I did. Worse mistake! It killed the grass!!! I also used weed killer for the weeds. That also killed some grass aswell.
I am left with a very large grass garden with patches of dead grass. Some areas are very thick in grass, others in not so thick.
I purchased 500g of this from Amazon for £8.99. I think you may find it cheaper but generally you won't. I did my research and very few people had anything bad to say about this seed.
It arrives in a plastic sealed bag. Its basically grass seed. Instructions are pretty simple, aswell as the packing. Just place the seeds into your hand and sprinkle over the grass. If there is a particular area that needs a lot then I would suggest that rather sprinkle, you actually place a layer of the seed over the area.
Once on the top of the soil, then rake it in, to a min. depth of 0.7cm. Now water the area. You are advised to keep watering the area every day for 2 weeks, so that it slowly beds itself into the soil. Early morning or late night is the best time to water.
The seeds will start to work and after about a week your will see small tiny like grass poking its way up out the soil. After two weeks, your starting to see a thicker lush green grass growing.
I am now a month in and it really has done its job. I keep watering the grass every couple of days if we have not had any rain. I can safely say that this stuff really does work. I have not mowed it and want to grow it as much as possible. There is no need for me to by rolled up grass to relax, this seed has done a fantastic job.
I will be purchasing more but its not going to be this year. It states to spread the seed between March-September. I figure its going to be a waste of money and won't grow due to the cold climate.
Now, lets hope that the same people can find a cure for baldness!
Back in June I undertook a fairly big DIY project for me! It involved removing a large area of rotten wooden decking from my back garden, leaving just a small section of it in place which I then had to rub down and treat to get it looking like new again. I don't normally take on little projects like this, but I had a week off and the weather was good so I just got stuck in, and was actually very pleased with the result.
Once I had treated the remainder of the decking I then had to set about trying to get the soil and rubble that was left behind from the area of decking that I had removed back to a nice grassed area that would blend in with the rest of my lawn. I bought a bag of grass seed and five large bags of top soil from my local garden centre and leveled off the area with the soil, before sowing my grass seed.
The grass seed was called 'Canada Green Grass Seed' and I paid £5 for a 500 gram bag of it. It was the only grass seed that my local garden centre had in stock and so it was a pretty simple selection process. It comes in a plastic bag with a large picture on the front of a worn out area of a garden 'before' and 'after' the seed has been applied and the result looks impressive although I was a little dubious about the truth of this claim when I picked up the bag.
The grass seed was simple to use by following the instructions on the packet. I simply had to rake the area of soil that I had prepared, and then evenly scatter the seed over the area, before giving it a very gentle going over with the rake again. After this a good watering was required, and the watering needed repeating each day for 2 weeks. Something that I did when scattering the seed about, that seemed to work but that wasn't mentioned in the instructions was to scatter a fine amount of the seed onto the edge of the existing grass, in the hope that it would help the 2 areas blend in well together once the new grass grew.
~~~~~ Results ~~~~~
I am over the moon with the results that this seed has produced! It took about 4-5 days for the small green shots to start to appear from the ground, but once they started to appear they grew really quickly. I cut the freshly seeded area for the first time about 3 weeks after sowing the seed, at which point it was a lot longer than the rest of my lawn, but since that first cut it has grown at a very similar rate to the rest of the lawn. The new grass that the seed has produced is a nice deep green colour, and has grown to a good thick consistency. There were a few little bare patches at first where there was little grass growing, perhaps from where I hadn't scattered the seed very evenly, or maybe it blown away, or been eaten by birds, so I simply added a bit more seed to these patches, and repeated the watering process.
3 months have now passed since I finished the little project, and it is virtually impossible to tell that there was ever any rotting decking in place of the nice green lawned area. The seed is probably not the cheapest to buy (if you have an option), but the results that it has produced for me are well worth the little extra I paid.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
We laid a new lawn in our back garden a couple of months ago now which was top quality thick rolls of turf but with the naughty dog keep jumping the fencing and racing around like an idiot on it before it had knitted together we got slight gaps in places between the rolls so I was looking for something to fill these gaps and make the lawn look perfect.
Whilst browsing the shelves I must admit there were lots of cheaper grass seed options than this one with it costing me £15·99 for a 1kg bag but that is enough to do an awful lot of seeding or repairs in our case. I opted for this one above the others as it is chemical free so I wouldn't have to keep the children or the dog off it whilst it grew, said it would have strong roots and a lush green grass which was exactly what we wanted.
To be honest I probably used a lot more seeds than I needed too but I thought it better than having to do it twice, I sprinkled then into the gaps on my lawn and put a light covering of soil over them to stop the birds coming and eating them.
It was rather warm and dry surprisingly for British weather when I did them so I watered them each evening and by day five I could see small sprouts of grass coming through and by two weeks it had covered all the patches.
Since doing this the lawn has been mown twice without any problems and now you can't even tell where I used grass seeds and where I put turf as it took that we'll.
For minor repairs you might get away with a cheaper seed but I would thoroughly recommend this if you are doing a large area and want nice thick results.
For lush, green grass.