How to Establish a New Lawn from Seed in Ballarat: A step-by-step Guide
Growing a new lawn from seed in Ballarat requires careful preparation, the right seed blend, and the correct use of fertilisers to ensure a healthy, robust lawn.
Ballarat Landscape Supplies offers everything you need for your new lawn, including specialised lawn blends specifically tested and developed for Ballarat’s climate, like the Oasis Lawn Blend and Hardy Lawn Blend, as well as Lawn Starter and Lawn Fertiliser all from Stephens Pasture Seeds.
Below is a step-by-step guide to sowing seed and establishing a beautiful, robust year-round green lawn.
Step 1: Choose Your Lawn Seed Blend
- Oasis Lawn Blend: Ideal for water conservation, this blend requires minimal maintenance and tolerates wear and shade, maintaining a dark green colour. It’s suited for environmentally conscious gardeners.
- Hardy Lawn Blend: Perfect for families who enjoy outdoor activities, this fast-establishing blend withstands wear and tear, providing a thick, attractive lawn.
Step 2: Prepare the Site
- (Optional): Spray the area with Glysophate to remove any remnants of previous lawns from the area and give it 2 weeks
- Remove veg material layer, all weeds, debris, and stones from the area.
- Loosen the top 10-15cm of soil to improve root penetration.
- Add 2-3 inches of Ballarat Landscape Supplies’ Turf Mix or more budget friendly Lawn Soil to enhance soil structure and fertility, and ensure optimal seed growth.
Step 3: Level & Moisten the Soil
- Smooth the soil with a rake or soil leveller to remove any uneven spots.
- Lightly water the area to settle the soil, providing a moist base for the seeds.
Step 4: Apply Lawn Starter & Sow Lawn Seed
- Spread Lawn Starter from Stephens Pasture Seeds at a rate of 1kg to 30 sq. metres. This product encourages faster seed establishment.
- After spreading the Lawn Starter, sow your chosen lawn seed blend:
- (Hardy Lawn Blend Sowing rate: 1 kg sows 20 square metres).
- (Oasis Lawn Blend Sowing rate: 1 kg sows 25 square metres).
- Lightly rake over the area to cover the seed and Lawn Starter, which promotes even growth.
Step 5: Watering Care
- Keep off the area where possible in the early stages
- Water the seeded area gently but thoroughly to avoid washing away the seeds. Keep the soil consistently moist until germination occurs (approx. 7-14 days).
- Once germination begins, reduce watering frequency but increase the amount, encouraging deeper root growth. For the first 6 weeks the juvenile root system will require plenty of water
Step 6: First Mowing & Ongoing Maintenance
- Wait until the lawn reaches 5-8cm in height before the first mow. Set your mower to a high setting to avoid stressing the young grass.
- Continue to monitor the lawn’s health, watering as needed to maintain moisture levels, especially during dry spells.
- Broad leaf might establish in the early stages before your lawn thickens up. If so, treat with Kamba M as per product directions
Step 7: Apply Lawn Fertiliser
- After the lawn is at least 3 months old, apply Stephens Pasture Seeds Lawn Fertiliser at a rate of 1kg per 40 sq. metres. This formulation helps maintain a strong, healthy lawn.
- Spread the fertiliser evenly over the lawn surface and water thoroughly to prevent burning. Repeat fertilisation at least four times a year for optimal health.
Step 8: Enjoy Your Lawn
- With regular care, including proper mowing, watering, and fertilisation, your new lawn will thrive, providing a beautiful green space for relaxation and activities.
Lawn Care Hints
- Always mow your lawn in a different direction each time. This will prevent compaction.