10 days ago I removed all the winter bedding plants from my 4 flower beds.
The bedding plants were yet another spectacular failure.
I've had enough of the flower beds and the wife sneering at me - so:
I forked the soil in the flower beds, sprinkled grass seed and covered with
top soil. The depth was about 4 inches. I gave it a good walking on.
I've kept the soil moist.
The packet of the grass seed states that I should see something like grass
popping up in 5 days.
The weather has not been too bad, plenty of sunshine and a few showers.
It's been 10 days, nothing is popping up and the wife is sneering at me.
I have chicken fire over the flower beds to keep the birds and the f****ng
Is 5 days optimistic for the grass to start to grow?
On Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:49:22 +0100, "Mr Pounder Esquire"
For the third time!
If you put 4 inches of top soil _over_ the seed then you will be in
trouble. Normally grass seed is either not covered at all, or very
lightly raked in, or has a thin scattering of top soil over it, say
half an inch, just to hide it from the birds. OTOH if you're saying
that the soil depth _under_ the seed was about 4 inches, then all you
need is patience, especially as the weather in the last few days has
been cold, regardless of the sunshine. I would give it a couple of
weeks before expecting to see much. But if you did put 4 inches of
soil over the seed, then go out when SWMBO isn't around and scatter
more seed and leave it on the surface. The chicken wire will keep the
birds off. Water it only very lightly, otherwise you'll wash the seed
around and won't get an even distribution of plantlets and it'll look
The early shoots are best detected looking across the surface, on
hands and knees. Looking straight down onto them will
miss them until they've got to a decent size.
On Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:22:26 +0100, "Mr Pounder Esquire"
Not if the depth of soil above the seeds is only half an inch or so.
Patience is all you need. OTOH if you buried them deeper, you probably
are :-( Scatter more seed and leave it on the surface, and wait a week
There is more than half an inch of soil on top of the seeds.
I'm sending myself out tomorrow to get another box of grass seed and will do
as you have told me.
I can't even grow grass!!! :-(
Ignore ARW, he loves me really.
Thanks once again for the help.
On Sunday, 1 May 2016 08:23:52 UTC+2, harry wrote:
Well yes. It's just that what constitutes "too deep" depends on
the seed. Broad beans want to go quite a bit deeper than grass.
The rule of thumb is to cover with a thickness of soil equal to
the size of the seed.
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