So, this is the lawn I am trying to renovate. Patchy with dead grass and moss:
My 2 900L bags of steaming, peat free organic compost arrived at 7am this morning and I got to work straight away:
I first dumped a barrowfull of compost at the top and worked my way across and down, using the back of a wide lawn rake to spread it across the lawn. I went back and forth a little to filter the compost down off the blades a little but the bulk of that was done when I overseeded.
This is prior to overseeding with most of the compost still visible and on the surface. I then overseeded at a rate of 25g to a square meter with white clover mixed with a drought tolerant grass seed mix (Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass, Rhizomatous Tall Fescue, Tall Fescue). After that I raked again with the back of the rake to ensure the seed was covered and also to work more of the compost in:
There's still a lot of the compost near the surface of the lawn as most areas have really worn grass and there's not enough growth to poke through.
I was really pleased with how it went, especially the overseeding part. You can't see a single seed on the surface which means that the seeds are covered by the compost so hopefully they'll stay moist enough during this warm spell. Whenever I've seeded a new lawn in the past, invariably there's some seed left on top which dries out and never germinates, but this time it's all covered.
Then I watered for about 20 minutes. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all works out.