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SHADY AREA LAWN GRASS SEED SHADE LAWN 10KG 20% Amenity Perennial Ryegrass 45% Creeping Red Fescue 15% Hard fescue 10% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass 5% Rough Stalked Meadow Grass 5% Highland Bentgrass Sowing rate: 50 gms per square metre (COVERS UPTO 8 SQUARE METRES) A mixture that will tolerate some shade and the poorer soil conditions found under trees. When sowing a lawn under these conditions, care should be taken to provide some fertiliser prior to sowing which will help the emerging seedlings establish. The use of phosphate and potash are more important than large amounts of nitrogen, so pick a fertiliser accordingly. At this early stage, the roots are more important than the aerial part of the plant. Dressing with a complete fertiliser can take place at a later stage. Two important points to remember with shady areas –Always adjust your mower so that the grass is longer in shady area. –Do not forget to give it some extra feeds throughout the year. The plants causing the shade will take the majority of available food long before the grass has a chance to. The longer grass leaves will help with photosynthesis, the process by which the plant produces food for itself. LAWN SEED Lawn seed needs warmth, water and sunlight to grow. Frost in the week after sowing will kill lawn seed so please only sow when there is no chance of frost usually April to September Germination can in warm wet weather be as quick as 14 days but in colder weather (especially after a cold winter when soil temperature can be low) will take much longer. Drought is another factor which will severely delay germination – the seed will ‘wait’ until conditions are better- although watering helps a bit ( almost impossible to have an impact on a large area) there is nothing as good as rain fall. It is advisable to wear gloves when handling lawn seed as it is possible to have an allergic reaction to it.