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Any advice for rubbish lawn!

Hi All,

I moved into a new house in May last year and the lawn was obviously never looked after, before this house I always had flats so I don't really have any clue about lawns and gardens.

It was overgrown, covered in moss and weeds and would go like a swamp with a little bit of rain.

So I started getting Green Thumb in from the end of the summer once we'd settled in, I started mowing as much as I could, and now this summer has come round, it's become quite patchy, which I now realise is where the moss is started to go from the treatment. So it is getting slightly better.

But... there is a section at the end of the garden that doesn't get much sun due to trees and it still bogs/floods a little with just a little bit of rain, so I raked it all up, chucked a lot of grass seed down, which was a fairly expensive one that said is great for shaded areas, then put top soil on top, been watering it and it's growing a tiny bit but not much at all.

Any advice on how I can make it a bit better or do I just have to stick with it and let it do it's thing over time? 

Thanks a lot for any comments! 







  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Tom, when did you plant the grass seed? Did you put in lots of twigs to stop the birds eating the seed? I won't ask if you watered it as it sounds like quite a damp areaimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,021

    Grass seed needs warm temperatures and light in order to germinate - I'm afraid it may have been too cold when you sowed the seeds, and putting soil on top will have kept the light away image

    I'm going to say, wait until the cold snap forecast for the  the weekend is over and when night time temperatures are averaging around 10C, then sow the seed again, water it and leave it - as Artjak says, do something to keep the birds off - canes with DVDs hanging on strings or something similar maybe.  In warmer weather and with no soil on top the seed should germinate within 10 days. 

    More info here 

    Good luck image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Tom.CTom.C Posts: 7

    Thanks all, I planted the grass seed about a month ago when we had some nice weather, so I thought (wrongly) that it was going to carry on! lol

    I didn't put the twigs on the lawn, they just fall from the trees above. 

    Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'm going to try again with more seed when the weather warms up as Dovefromabove mentioned.

    Thank you.


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