We instinctively know that the searing heat of summer is over when the night temperatures start to drop. Yes, this heralds the beginning of autumn, which is the true planting season. Besides the amazing seeds, bulbs and seedlings that can be planted for late winter and spring colour, it is also one of the best times to sow tuft-type lawn seed. There may be several reasons for planting lawn seed other than to establish a new lawn. For example, many gardeners plant shade lawn where their current lawn won’t want to grow under trees or in other very shady areas, while others like to thicken their current lawn’s winter coverage by “over-seeding” with a cool season lawn. Runner-type grasses like Kikuyu, Cynodon & LM are better sown in early spring. If you have ever wondered just how easy it is to grow plants from seed, then you just need to try your hand at sowing lawn seed. It will also make you realise how much fun it is to watch something that you planted grow. Because of this, it is a good idea to get the kids involved since they are likely to take great enjoyment out of seeing this miracle of germination and growth occur before their eyes.