Step-By-Step Lawn Guides

Growing a lawn from seed is the least expensive way to transform your home garden. By following Great Aussie Lawn's simple steps you can create a lush, green lawn.  Browse and click our topics below to see how.  Alternatively, download our FREE Step by Step Lawn Guide by clicking here.

Step 1:  Choosing your Seed

"Which seed is the right one for your lawn?"

Firstly, you’ll need to find the grass type that grows best in your location and climate.  Grasses can be divided into two groups:  Cool Season and Warm Season. Read More about Cool Season and Warm Season grasses here.

Step 2:  Preparing the Ground

After removing stones and other debris from the lawn area prepare the ground.  Good drainage is important and digging or aeration with a fork will help.

For lawns on heavy soil add more sand so drainage is improved. If the soil is light or sandy, work in a good amount of peat to give body to the soil, prevent drying out and loss of nutrients.  Read more about preparing your Soil here.

Step 3:  Fertilising before Sowing

Give your new lawn the best start possible.  Apply a pre-seeding Starter Fertiliser to the seedbed a few days prior to sowing the seed or on the same day and rake it into the soil.

This will stimulate root growth and provide the essential early feed to get the lawn off to a good start. When sowing a new lawn use our Advanced Seed Starter Fertiliser applied at a rate of 3kg of fertiliser per 100m2. Read more about fertilising here.

Step 4:  How to Sow Lawn Seed

For a good establishment follow the suggested sowing rate recommended on the product.  We have sowing guidelines on all our product pages.  

An easy way of sowing the seed is to divide the area into easily manageable sections and then divide the seed into as many lots as there are sections. Then sow half of the seed for one section from left to right of the section and then from the other half across the first sowing going from front to the back of the section. This will help ensure an even spread of seed over the area.  Read More about sowing your seed here.

Step 5:  Feeding Your Lawn

Once the lawn is grown it will need regular feeding to ensure good establishment. Use Advanced Seed Starter Fertiliser applied at a rate of 3kg of fertiliser per 100m2. 

Once grown, your new lawn should be fertilised once in early Spring, again in mid Summer and once more in Autumn.  Fertiliser applied in early spring and mid-summer should have a good Nitrogen content to encourage growth and colour.   Read more about fertilising new lawns and existing lawns here.

Step 6:  Watering Your Lawn

Care needs to be taken when watering a newly growing lawn.  When you've sown your seed you then need to be careful to always water with a fine spray. Anything stronger will remove the seeds!  During the establishing period for a new lawn the surface needs to be always kept moist.  If the weather is particularly warm and windy you'll need to spray often with a gentle watering. Read more about watering your new lawn here.

Step 7: Mowing Your Lawn

When mowing for the first time it's important to allow good establishment of the grass.

Cut the grass for the first time when it's around 4-5 cm high. Trim lightly and gradually lower the blades to an ideal cutting height of 25 - 30mm. Mow regularly, trying not to remove more than a third of growth at any time. Read more about the first mow here.

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