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~ Why I Bought This Grass Seed ~
Me and my fiancé are currently trying to sell our house so we have been trying our best to take care of it the best we can and make sure it looks presentable and well kept. The garden is something we've spent a lot of time on as it was quite neglected and the grass had lots of bald patches and bits of dead grass. To try and cover this up and make it look better we bought some turf but thanks to the tropical-like weather we've been having overthe past couple of months it dried out and died after a couple of weeks! We decided the next option worth trying was grass seed. We knew that this wouldn't instantly make the grass look better like the turf did (before it died), but it was a cheaper option.
~ Evergreen Multi-Purpose Grass Seed ~
This grass seed is the one which seemed the best out of the other ones that I could see on the shelf in tesco and it was one of the cheapest too so we went for this. It is professional grade and is designed so that it absorbs water and nutrients easily. The grass seed is designed for use on thin lawns, bare patches and it can also be used to grow new lawns. The manufacturers claim that by using this you will end up with a 'dense, hard wearing lawn'.
~ Price ~
We bought three boxes of this grass seed from Tesco and paid £4 for each one. Each box contains 480 grams of grass seeds and can cover 14 square metres. Bigger boxes are also available so prices vary.
~ My Opinion ~
We sewed the grass seed around 6 weeks ago now. It was very easy to do and I just sprinkled it onto the soil once it had been prepared then turned the soil over and watered it. I have been watering it everyday because of the weather which has been a bit time consuming. I used around a quarter of a box on each bald patch as i found the recommended amount didn't cover the area well enough, and the bald patches weren't very big so if you're doing your whole garden I imagine that it could get quite expensive.
It is advised to sew the seeds before it rains but because of the weather we have been using the hose to water it. The seeds sprouted after around four days and after six weeks the grass has grown back in the bald spots. It isn't as long as the rest of the grass (which is short as we mow it each weekend), but it is a nice healthy green colour and the garden looks a lot better than it did when there was bald patches and the grass is steadily growing.
I think the reason it isn't growing as fast as id have liked is because we have a dog who piddles on the grass so I think maybe this has something to do with it. When we first began using this we did need to prepare the soil, it isn't as simple as just sprinkling it over the grass/bald spots and leaving it. I and my fiancé did this by over turning the soil (we just used a garden fork) and getting rid of any old grass and weed roots etc but this didn't take that long as we only had a few bald patches. If you are doing your whole garden then the preparation (and regular watering) would be quite time consuming, but I do think it is worth it.
~ All in All ~
Has produced healthy looking grass, but it doesn't grow as quick as I thought it would (though this might be because of the reason I mentioned above).
Four out of five stars.
==Evergreen Multi-purpose Grass Seed==
When We moved into our house in January of 2012 the garden looked overgrown and slightly different from when we had originally begun the purchase of the property as the lady who we were buying off had removed a lot of plants and left behind a lot of weeds, older bushes and general mess from not taking as much interest as she once had. This didn't bother me too much as I was raring to put my own stamp on the property especially in the garden.
One aspect that I felt needed sorting out right away way the rather large bush positioned on the flower bed which separated the lower half of the garden from the top half. This was a rather substantial bush that I felt rather hid the top half of the garden and by removing this I was sure to open up the garden as a whole. So with a lot of brute force I was able to dig uip this bush but did manage to knock the wall down in the process. After rebuilding the wall I decided that this middle bed should in fact be about half the size in width and therefore moved the concrete borders that edged the top lawn against it. This then left a large area of soil which needed to either have a roll of turf laid or, as I chose to try first, have some grass seed sprinkled on to create a larger lawn.
Mum was able to offer me a half used box of this Evergreen multi-purpose Grass Seed which she had had from the previous year kicking about and we weren't too sure if it would be still okay to create a luscious patch of grass like how had imagined. Anyhow I thought that I would try and use this old stuff and save myself the cost of buying a new whole box. If I were to buy this product again I would be looking at paying around the £4 region for a box that has a nice amount of 420 grams in. The cardboard box houses the seed nicely as they are encased in a plastic bag inside and these still seemed to be fairly fresh considering that they were last years.
The seed is best spread before rainfall and thankfully we have had plenty this year so it wasn't long before I knew I could sprinkle the grass seed on the 3 foot by 9 foot area that we had in need of grassing. The box states that the seed is best sown between March and October and luckily March was when I was out in the garden doing most of this work.
The ground needs to be prepared before sowing and I had already done this making sure that there were no stones or debris in the area where the new grass was to grow. The soil was loose and had been turned over quite extensively so the nice bit of mud we had looked all ready for the seed to be sown and the grass to start growing.
The seeds should be sown at around 35 grams per square meter and the box will need to have a good shake up before any sprinkling is done to ensure good coverage of the seed and mixing of the product. I wasn't sure what 35 grams actually looked like once sprinkled over a meter squared so I gently sprinkled the half a box over the whole area sparingly and then went back over it ensuring that the seed looked evenly spread and in the end I used up the rest of the half a box.
After a little rake and a good deal of watering all I had to do was sit back and literally wait for the grass to grown. My luck was in that it did rain for the next couple of days and then we had a nice deal of sunshine which aided the growth of the new grass. I was actually really surprised with the rate of growth and it wasn't long before I could see how the new section of lawn would look. I think I may have overdone the sewing process slightly as the grass was coming through a lot thicker and dense that I anticipated. Within around 3 weeks I would say that the new patch of grass had fully grown and was putting the rest of the lawn to shame. The grass was green and fresh and as thick as a carpet!
I did carry on watering the grass and making sure that it was fully looked after and I must say that it is the best section of lawn that we have. The Evergreen did a great job at creating a lovely piece of grass and I couldn't be happier. The grass it still thick and green now even after we had an ants nest in a patch which had to be sorted out and the excessive rain now is making the whole grass area a bog like mess.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to grow grass of any sort as I think I would have been able to have sown a whole lawn had I needed to with relative ease. I did have to chase a few pigeons off the seed after I had sown them but even with a few eaten up by the birds the grass came through fast and strong and looks amazing.
I think it has got to be a top scoring product with a 5 out of 5 star rating!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
What can you say about grass seed? Well with a couple of dogs at home, and the female tending to destroy areas of the lawn with here urine, I've tended to become a bit of an 'expert' in grass seeds and how to plant them. What I needed was something that was easy to plant, quick growing and then hard wearing. So this multi purpose variety was ideal for my needs.
If you follow the instructions trying to patch repair your lawn, it says to remove any stones and break up the surface of the patch with a rake, and then sprinkle the seeds over the area and rake them in. But when I tired to do this to patch up an established lawn, I've always had about a 50% failure rate. What I've often found is that the surface of a lawn is often very compacted, and just trying to rake the seeds in doesn't really work and often doesn't cover the seeds enough. I don't think it is a fault of the seeds. It's just that for a seed to grow properly, it needs to be covered and the described method doesn't really do the preparation properly.
So a method I use is to just sprinkle the seeds over the surface and then cover them with a thin layer of cheap compost and stamp it all down. Keeping it well watered and the seeds will sprout within a few days to develop a dense grass path. With this 'planting' method and these multi purpose seeds, I have never failed to get quick results. Same seeds, just a slightly improved planting method, but vastly better results.
The new grass is always lush green and very fine and I tend to leave it about 2 weeks before I run the lawnmower over it. The box says it will cover 15 square meters which is ok for a small lawn, but I've always used it for quick patch ups and it has never let me down.
I got this grass seed as it was on offer at the time, and my garden had just come through the winter months having being wrecked by mole hills. literally within about a week, we had 20 mole hills pop up, which wrecked our grass.
So I decided to remove all the remaining grass, level it out, and re-seed it.
With a brand like Evergreen, they are a well known make, so you know they are good quality. Before you sow the seeds, you need to lightly rake the ground and flattern it, then you are ready to start sowing.
The grass seed comes in abox, with full instructions for best results, and has a little cardboard pull tab, where you can sprinkle the seeds out of. I must say although this can be helpful, it is very hard to regulate how much come sout of the tiny hole at once, so I found it better to simply pour a load into my hand, then sprinkle from there.
A box of seed will be enough for a fairly good sized area of grass, I think it will cover about 15 sq metres.
So did it grow? After sowing, and watering each day, after about 10 days, we had grass shooting through, and the ground had this green tinge to it...no longer just looking muddy! After repeatbdely feeding and watering, the grass became thicker and its recommended you leave it a couple of weeks before you first mow it, to let it get stronger. Then you are meant to alternate the mowing, to strengthen up the grass even more.
One downside here is that we have a dog, and within the couple of weeks we left it to grow, we did notice weeds within the seed, and stinging nettles, which would irritate the dog. I can only conclude these were from the grass seed, as I had taken everything uip on the ground, and it was only mud. We had never had stinging netels thee before.
Now a few months later, Im looking at the greass whilst writing this review. Im pleased to say theres not a bare patch in sight, and it looks lovely and green. I cant wait to get out there in the summer and lay on it!
We are off to pastures new very shortly which hopefully will bring a wonderful new chapter to our lives. Inevitably however this involves the stress which accompanies the preparation for a house move, particularly in ensuring that the property is in great condition for the soon to be new owners. I have a six year old boy and with him comes the playground that is my garden. Filled with the usual paraphernalia that accompanies his age group. We packed all of these possessions into a box a few weeks ago ready for our flitting however I was horrified to discover that our rather large garden had some extremely patchy and some completely bald areas in between lush green grass. Well I decided that I didn't want to leave it in this condition so went along to my local garden centre looking for a suitable product that would rid me of this problem and make it look a bit more appealing.
The shelves were literally filled with products however I decided after much humming and hawing that I would try Evergreen Multi Purpose Lawn seed. Perhaps it was the power of advertising that swayed me however as a not particularly keen gardener I seemed to remember the name from a recent television commercial so decided to invest in a 500g box of this product at a cost of £2.69 which I thought was fairly reasonable. The item comes in a green and orange pack so you can't miss it on the shelf. It attracted my attention immediately as a result of this in addition it promised to provide a good colour, be wear tolerant and would provide rapid establishment for new lawns and renovation. The 500g provides coverage of 14 square metres and over seeding can cover up to 20 square metres. Plenty for my needs so I proceeded to the checkout.
I got the product home and discovered to my dismay that I would have to do a little bit of preparation on the areas that I wished to 'sow my seeds' so to speak. I possibly should have read the pack however I realised that because I was just covering a few patches that it really wouldn't be too much hassle. Remember I am not keen on the old gardening!!!! I found out that there are three areas to consider when using lawn seed these are preparation, sowing and aftercare. I have to say at this point I wasn't really brimming with joy at this point however as my lovely old grandmother used to say good things come to those who wait. It must be pointed out that all of this can take several weeks to ensure lovely results so remember this before taking on the job.
Sowing seeds should be undertaken between March to early October only. Ideally before rain and whilst avoiding windy days ( easier said that done trying to pick your moment when living in unpredictable Glasgow where the weather is for the most part both windy and wet!!). It is important to allow time to prepare the seed bed well and ensuring that you remove weeds and stones. I did this to a point on my baldy patches so to speak however I didn't prepare as thoroughly as would be necessary for sowing an entire lawn. You are encouraged to dig to a depth of around 6-8". This is so that you can produce a firm level seed bed by treading or rolling and then rake to give a fine texture on the surface. The manufacturer recommends that you spend time in this stage as it will result in the best possible condition for establishing the lawn. You are also encouraged to wait several weeks between preparation and sowing to ensure any weeds that emerge can be destroyed.
The area to be sown should be divided into metre squares. The seeds should then be sown at a rate of 35 grammes per square metre. It is recommended that you should shake the box prior to dispensing to ensure that the seed is thoroughly mixed. You then sow half of the seed from left to right, and half from top to bottom for each section. After sowing it is important to rake the seed lightly into the soil after which you should water liberally with a fine spray. I used a watering can with a spray nozzle extension. The seeds should start to germinate in around 14 to 21 days. I have to say I started to notice this around the 12 day mark and soon after the patchy areas began to slowly disappear. I wouldn't say that the new grass was lush and green however it certainly looked a lot better than before and overall I was quite pleased with the results. I'm sure that long after we are gone the cosmetics will improve significantly over time. The biggest downside was having to keep going out and chasing the birds who thought that the seeds were an afternoon snack however my son took great delight in watching and chasing away the poor unfortunate ones who dared to enter our garden. I believe however that if you are doing an entire lawn that you can actually purchase a net which will go someway to combating this problem.
The manufacturer recommends that if dry weather follows sowing it is important to keep the grass constantly moist. They also state that weeds may appear however most will disappear with mowing. Persistent weeds however can be treated after a nine month period with weed killer. The lawn should not be mown however until the grass is 2-3" high. Finally to maintain a high quality lawn it is important to water and feed regularly.
The product should be stored within a cool dry place and should be used within the season of purchase.
Ideal for growing new lawns or filling in patches.