Lawn seed is an economical way to start a fresh new lawn, helping to create a lush green space that will be an area of enjoyment and fun for years to come. Here’s how to start a new lawn from seed and some extra tips to keep your lawn looking great.

New! Yates® Sow Anytime Seed

Using the latest stadium grade Ryegrass and Red Fescue, Yates Anytime Lawn Seed has the unique ability to grow all year round, and will germinate at temperatures as low as 3°C.
Yates Anytime Lawn Seed can therefore be used at any time throughout the year, producing a deep green, lush lawn, even in shade.


  • Grows all year round

  • Germinates from 3°C

  • Tolerant of sun and shade

  • Stadium type Ryegrass and Fescue

  • Contains fungicides and bird repellent

To get the best possible results from sowing your new lawn, there are a few important steps to follow:

  • Weed control – weeds will compete with the new lawn so should be controlled 2 weeks before sowing lawn seed (this allows the weeds to die completely). Yates Zero Super Concentrate Weedkiller can be used a general spray over the area to kill any weeds and existing grasses.

  • Soil preparation – lawn seed should be sown into well drained, firm but not compacted soil that is rich in organic matter. Rake in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food 4-5 days before sowing to help improve the soil.

  • Measure – measure the area and calculate the correct amount of lawn seed.

  • Sow – broadcast the seed evenly over the area. It helps to halve the seed and sow half in an east west direction and the other half in a north south direction. After sowing, lightly cross rake the area to mix the seed into the topsoil.

  • Water – water the area regularly with a fine mist spray until the seed has germinated and continue to keep the soil moist while the new lawn establishes.

  • Mowing – start mowing when the grass is 5-8 cm high. Trim lightly, gradually lowering the mower blades to an ideal cutting height of 2.5 cm.

Choosing the right lawn seed

There are so many kinds of front and back lawns all around New Zealand, including lawns in sun or shade and areas that are a playground for pets and kids. People also have their own preferences for the type of lawn they want, including soft and upright grasses to tough and running varieties.

To help you choose which lawn seed to use, here are some details about Yates’ most popular lawn seed varieties:

• Yates Mow it Less Lawn Seed – a beautiful, lush green, hard wearing and drought tolerant lawn that requires less mowing. The seed is quick to germinate and contains a mixture of turf type perennial ryegrass and creeping red fescue.

• Yates Luxury Lawn Seed – a low growing, neat and compact lawn seed mix containing creeping red and chewings fescue. This grows a lawn with an excellent deep green colour and the fine leaves can be mown closely, creating a luxurious looking lawn.

• Yates Tuff Grass lawn Seed – a value for money lawn that’s resistant to wear and tear, so it’s great for areas where pets and kids play. It combines perennial ryegrass and chewings fescue and is easy to establish, germinating in around 7 days.

Yates Mow it Less, Luxury Lawn and Tuffgrass are coated with ‘Active-GRO’, which is the latest lightweight seed coating technology that helps protect against fungal disease and bird theft.

Controlling grass grubs

Grass grubs are the larvae of tan coloured shiny beetles that lay their eggs in the soil during spring and summer. They are creamy white grubs with a brown head and a darker bottom.

When disturbed they curl into a C shape. They damage the lawn by eating the roots, just below the soil surface.

Symptoms of grass grub damage are yellowing patches in the lawn with grass being able to be lifted like a carpet. The best time to start controlling grass grub is from mid-spring, which is when peak egg hatch begins and continues until early summer.

An application of Yates Insect Killer for Lawns: in October will control grass grubs and help minimise the damage they do.

Controlling broadleaf weeds

Weeds like clover, dandelions, chickweed, onehunga, capeweed and thistles are opportunistic and will invade even the smallest bare spots in the lawn. If weeds are allowed to flower and set seed they can create future generations of weeds, so controlling them early not only helps to keep the lawn tidy but also reduces future weeding.

A quick hose-on application of Yates Weed n Feed Double Action Hose On will control common broadleaf weeds like clover and onehunga. Yates Weed n Feed is now also available as a Yates Weed n Feed Double Action Concentrate, which treats 65 m2 of lawn.

Lawn feeding tip: the healthier and thicker the lawn, the less likely that weeds will be able to establish. Feeding your lawn with an organic lawn fertiliser like Yates Dynamic Lifter Lawn Food will help grow a thick, deep green lawn and nurture the soil at the same time.

Related products

Yates Anytime Lawn Seed

Stadium grade lawn seed with the unique ability to germinate at temperatures as low as 3°C. It can be used at anytime throughout the year.

Yates Tuffgrass Lawn Seed

Suitable for all lawns and play areas where resistance to wear and tear, together with value for money are important.

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