About the Landscape Juice Network

Founded in 2008. The Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is the largest and fastest growing professional landscaping and horticultural association in the United Kingdom.

LJN's professional business forum is unrivalled and open to anyone within within the UK landscape industry

LJN's Business Objectives Group (BOG) is for any Pro serious about building their business.

For the researching visitor there's a wealth of landscaping ideas, garden design ideas, lawn advice tips and advice about garden maintenance.

PRO

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."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/why-winter-is-a-brilliant-time-to-sow-grass-seed/

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Email me when people reply –

Replies

  • PRO
    I had a job which involved digging a trench through an existing lawn. It was finished in December. As the weather was so mild it took very well and is looking fine. The customer who has very ungreen fingers thinks this is fab!
    A bit of luck, a bit of foresight, and a mild winter. I was taught sow when you like but beware of what's coming weather wise.
  • Not ideal, but we have sown in mid winter when doing site work.  It's a bit slow to germinate, but usually does, then sits there until spring, when a fertilizer boost (something like Growmore 7.7.7) and an overseed of any bare patches would work fine.

  • PRO

    We overseeded a patch yesterday. Not ideal but hopefully it will take.If it does then it will prevent another site visit in Spring so worth the gamble on this occasion.

    If the forecast was for prolonged cold or snow then I wouldn't have taken the chance.

  • PRO

    I suppose that a small area reparation is pretty low risk and worth taking.

    Would anyone seed a larger area, say +100 metres?

    • PRO
      I would reseed trenches or patches as part of remedial landscaping works but never recommend that an entire lawn is rotovated/reseeded at this time of year.
    • We did a couple of years ago in December it took three weeks to come up but was more advanced than had we waited area was over 1000 metres!
This reply was deleted.

Industry Jobs

Head Gardener for Private Estate

The role of the head gardener is the overall maintenance of the gardens, lawns and grounds. When the opportunity arises, parts of the gardens might be redesigned and replanted. The gardens form an essential and much loved part of a private estate. Main Responsibilities: Full management of 2 part-time assistants, including day-to-day supervision and working

Self Employed Gardeners

Grasstex are currently seeking to engage the services of local (West Sussex / South Surrey) gardeners. If you are a new start up looking for more work, or an existing business with the odd spare day to fill, we may have something for you. We have various types of work available to match your skills.

Gardener

Gardener required I run an established garden maintenance and soft landscaping business based in North London. I have a record of working in the industry and now work with fellow colleagues on domestic gardens. I’ve spent many years studying and training at Capel Manor. I’m looking to grow my business by taking on additional help

female landscaper/project manager – physic garden

Physic Garden – Project Manager / Landscaper Dec 19 – April 20 – part time – project based Freelance fee £8,000 Location – Nelson Lancashire Expressions of interest should include a letter, outline of relevant experience/CV and reference contact details by email to info@idlewomen.org by 20 Dec 2019   Idle Women the arts and social

Trade green waste centres

LJN Sponsor

Advertising