We moved into this house two years ago and the back garden was a total disappointment, we knew it was going to be as we moved only three doors down the road from our previous house and guessed before we'd even looked at the garden that the guy we were buying it from wasn't the gardening type. I hadn't expected whopping great bald patches in the lawn however, reckoning that the brambles and copious amounts of rubbish would be keeping the grass in good condition just hidden from view. Sadly I was wrong and when my partner cleared the garden we found out what terrible condition the lawn was in, not ideal when you have a (then) two year old who wants to be able to potter around in the garden.
We bought a couple of boxes of Evergreen Grass Seed, choosing this brand because my partner does Estates work which involves gardening sometimes and he's used this successfully in the past. The guy in the garden centre recommended the Multi-Purpose variety over the rest of them after we explained the problem as it would tackle areas of the garden which were in the shade and also larger patches of ground to be seeded than the smaller areas cheaper grass seeds can cope with.
To use it you simply prepare the ground by giving it a good rake over and adding a small amount of water to the area, then sprinkle the seeds evenly on top before covering with a dusting of earth. The key to growing grass from seed is to be vigilant with the watering, you want the ground kept moist but not wet - and it's important to consider the weather before sowing your grass seeds as if you put them down just before a blustery day is due your seeds will just be blown all over the place before they've had a chance to root. I left that to my partner and it took him a week but eventually he decided to start the grass off the day before we were expecting a summer storm, being that time of year the rain would be warmish on the developing seeds and it was unlikely there would be much wind to disturb the process.
I assume his calculations were right as a few weeks later we ended up with a lovely thick carpet of grass, it was reasonably weak to begin with but soon got used to the kids tramping all over it and now is as strong as every other blade of grass in the garden. The new grass is a lush green which actually puts the shade and appearance of the old grass to shame - to the point where we're considering re-seeding the rest of the garden before next summer in order to get a consistently beautiful lawn.
EverGreen Multi Purpose Grass Seed is quality grass seed perfect for hard-wearing lawns. Ideal for creating a new lawn, over-seeding existing grass or filling in bare patches. / Tested by the Sports Turf Research Institute and listed in the Turfgrass seed booklet / Sow in spring or autumn for best germination. / Coverage 14 sq.m (17 sq.yd) / Quality seed for hard-wearing lawns / Quickly establishes / Grass from 7 days / Contains a mixture of perennial rye grasses and fescues / 420g