What’s the idea?
Summer can be a tough time for your lawn, so try these lawn care tips to bring your grass to life.
What’s the story?
I’ve spent so much time in my veg patch this year that I’ve neglected the lawn and it’s looking tatty.
Don’t we all dream about having a lush green grass to impress our friends when relaxing in the garden?
I know it will take me some time and effort to have a thick, green lawn again and if you have the same problem, these lawn care tips should help you see a big improvement.
People should do this because…?
One of the most desirable features of a garden is a beautiful lawn. If you care for it properly it will stay green and lush and be a pleasure to look at.
There’s something very satisfying about renovating a weedy lawn and bring it up to a good standard.
If you’re trying to sell your home a well-maintained lawn can add value to your house and even give it curb appeal.
How do you do it?
A lawn is relatively easy to look after as grass plants are tough but there are some important basic steps to follow for lawn care.
All lawns need frequent mowing and it’s the most important task for keeping it healthy. How often you cut it and the cutting height will affect how your lawn looks.
In spring and autumn, you should cut it once a week but in summer mow twice unless there’s a period of drought.
In shady areas such as under trees, you should mow less frequently than you would in areas in full sunlight.
You should keep your mower blade sharp and never mow in the same direction.
Avoid mowing when the grass is wet as this can damage the turf and compact the soil.
For that impressive striped look, use a mower that has a rear roller.
During the summer it’s not normally necessary to water, even if the lawn becomes brown because once it starts raining it should recover well.
Sometimes during long dry spells, it is important to water it to keep that greensward and also if the ground becomes dry and hard.
Before watering use a garden fork and spike the grass to aerate it as this will allow it to penetrate the roots.
A weedy lawn can look unsightly so if you have only a few weeds, use a trowel or daisy grubber to remove them.
If your lawn is very weedy, apply a weed and feed fertiliser that both improves the grass and eradicates the weeds.
You should fill in bare patches with grass seed after lightly loosening the soil.
Cover the seeds with a small amount of topsoil and use netting to prevent the birds from eating them.
Keep the soil moist until the seeds have germinated.
If your lawn becomes compacted from being used a lot, aerate it by pushing the prongs of a fork into the grass at regular intervals.
This will help reduce waterlogging and your lawn becoming covered in moss.
I always think the lawn doesn’t look complete until the edges are clipped, so use long-handled shears to neaten your garden.
If the edges have lost definition use a half-moon edger or spade to reshape them.
You should feed your grass regularly to keep it looking good and use a fertiliser when rain is forecast so it gets washed into the roots and to prevent leaf burn.
Within a week your lawn will be looking lush and green again.
Stuff you may need
- Garden fork
- Garden spade
- Half-moon edger
- Daisy grubber
- Grass seed
- Weed and feed lawn fertiliser