seeded lawn rather patchy

hi all seeded a lawn 15X17ft with seed given to me by a neighbour, bu
the resulting lawn? is patchy ,proberbly due to birds taking a fair bi of seed ,cats etc.
is there a remedy for this (i do not know the type of grass seed othe than its a johnsons varity ) without resorting to turfs.
thank yo
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weed wrote:

It takes a few years for new grass to cover an area.
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Especially if you don't re-seed it initially.
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In alt.home.lawn.garden on Fri, 27 May 2005 10:24:37 +0000 weed

I"ve seen a yard seeded and then covered with bed sheets or some other bigger cloth sheets, staked at the corners. Is this to keep the birds from eating the seed?

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You didn't say where you live, weed.
Seed it again, but this time buy some fresh seed and keep it damp until you've cut it at least twice. Sow 10 lbs per 1000 sq ft. (do the math):)
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Steveo Wrote:

thanks all have sieved out some topsoil and reseeded where there ar bare patches and covered with pond netting, the lawn is on a stee slope though and subsoil is clay in the (watford area)
when watering with hose its possible some seed has washed down th slope, have kept watered with mist/spray nozzle.
ps not sure how i can upload a picture of lawn to this forum so it easier for members to see what i am trying to remedy.
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Burlap is the solution. Garden stores sell it. It serves four purposes:
1) Keeps birds from eating the seed. 2) Holes in burlap allow grass to grow through, then you lift off the burlap without yanking the sprouts with it. 3) Helps retain moisture, which is important since seed suppliers always say "keep constantly moist", as if we all have a large staff of gardeners who are home all day, waiting with the hose. 4) Provides a mechanical barrier which protects the seed from the force of watering. Even if you use the mist setting, you still run the risk of sloshing some seed around after you've made an effort to distribute it evenly. Burlap lowers the risk.
In short, burlap is the right up there with the printing press, in terms of great inventions.
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