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CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
Ive just given the grass a light cut and then was about to put down top dressing with some seed and prob water overnight as the bald areas, have a couple 1m x 1m that look quite dry now where we've not had much rain (Berkshire). (Scarified & aerated with garden fork 2 weeks ago) Now I'm wondering should I actually give the ground a good soak with the sprinkler for a couple of hours tonight before putting the dressing and seed down early tomorrow morning?  Many thanks


  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145
    It won’t do any harm. It’s important to keep the seed moist while germination is taking place. Use a fine spray to stop dislodging the seed bed. 
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
    Thanks Dave.  I have just emptied the bags and there are lots of lumpy bits in them.  Som break down and are a little peat like.  Some are a bit like small branches, a few are stones and some are like hard bark mulch!  I have tried to hand sieve as much as I can but would I have to pick most of this out.  Evergreen Lawn soil (now called dressing too) I will try and post a photo.
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145
    Personally I wouldn’t worry too much. I’d probably pick out the worst of it but it will soon settle or be addressed by the mower! 
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
    Thanks Dave.  Feeling much more confident now.  I have just popped the sprinkler on too to help bed some of it in.  Have a good Easter Dave and everyone else on the forum.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    edited April 2019
    FYI you want to top dress when it's dry and brush the soil into the grass/hollows.

    This site is brilliant for all lawn info-
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