Why winter is a brilliant time to sow grass seed
"Over Christmas I was busy sowing grass seed. “She’s lost the plot”, you might be thinking. Thirty years ago I worked with an experienced 70-year-old head gardener, Les Jones, on the gardens at Stapleford Park. This was being converted into a grand hotel and we needed to get the lawns presentable for the opening. Large tracts had to be sown with grass. Les surprised me by saying that he would sow grass seed at pretty much any time of year and it pretty much always germinated and grew.
Since then I have heeded his excellent advice. In a perfect world, I would prefer to sow in September, but this is not always possible. Turfing is an option, but is far more expensive and often doesn’t give you the right seed mix.
Whenever you repair lawns, the unpredictable nature of our weather means you are taking a chance. This year in early December we sowed quite a stretch of parkland for a client. Thankfully, with the mild temperatures, in two weeks it was greening up and now it looks almost lush. We were lucky."