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LAWN SEED FOR SHADE
For open areas of MEDIUM SHADE to full sun.
Buy 1 kg = £7.11
Buy 5 kg – 20% discount
Buy 10 kg – 25% discount
Buy 15 kg – 30% discount
Buy 20 kg – 35% discount
Buy 25 kg or over – 40% discount
Contents ( 1.00 kg )
- 25% BELLEVUE certified Amenity Ryegrass
- 40% JOANNA certified Chewings Fescue
- 30% CATHRINE certified Slender Fescue
- 5% HIGHLAND certified Bentgrass
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Establishing lawn seed for shade, indeed a lawn in any area which receives limited or no direct sunlight can be a problem.
Many lawn seed for shade mixtures contain a high proportion of broadleaf perennial ryegrass and/or strong creeping red fescue which can quickly yellow in shaded conditions making them unsightly or unsuitable for such locations. It is well documented however, that high quality, finer leaved fescues naturally require less light for good growth and maintain better colour in partial and permanent shade than other, more economical species.
Often the limiting factors to successfully establishing a quality turf (from seed) in shaded areas is low soil temperature in the spring and adequate supply of soil moisture (particularly near larger trees) in prolonged periods of dry weather.
Early season sowing should be avoided on areas which do not receive direct sunlight. Wait for ambient temperatures to rise (mid to late spring) warming the seedbed before sowing. Late summer or early autumn sowings are far less effected by cold soil or seedbed.
If rainfall is infrequent thereafter, water well before nearby shrubs or trees draw much of the available surface moisture at least until the lawn seed for shade mix is well established.
Soil nutrients may also be naturally lower near trees so light applications of a good quality compound fertiliser prior to sowing and again through the year will help get your shaded lawn seed off to a good start and keep it in good heart.
Lawns shaded by buildings and/or fences are far less effected but germination may still be significantly slower without direct sunlight warming the soil
This product may struggle directly under a low tree canopy.
Do not be tempted to cut shaded lawns too short as a longer leaf helps with photosynthesis and reduces the stress of recovery.
Fallen tree leaves must be regularly removed from the lawn in autumn and/or spring as necessary.
35 to 50 grams per square metre
BEST SOWING TIMES
March to October
Each kg covers a minimum of 20 square metres
- Produce a firm, weed free seedbed clear of large stones and any other debris.
- Rake or harrow over the surface to create a thin layer of fine soil (tilth) approximately 10-20mm deep.
- Split the total quantity of amenity grass seed to be applied into two equal amounts.
- Apply the first half over the entire area either by hand or by using a broadcast spreader.
- Gently work most of the applied seeds into the tilth with a firm rake or harrow.
- Apply the remaining seed in the same way and again, rake or harrow most of them into the tilth.
- Finally, lightly roll or tread over the surface to squeeze the seeds and tilth down into the seedbed. This method ensures the lawn seeds are evenly spread, set at different depths and in good contact with the soil. All of which helps to anchor the seeds in position so as not to float away during heavy or persistant rainfall and to retain the correct moisture level for quicker germination.
- Lawn seed may also be surface sown however, germination may be uneven and significantly slower particularly during periods of prolonged sunny, dry or windy weather even with regular irrigation.