Is the view from your window disappointing? Is your lawn diseased, patchy or full of moss? How do we achieve a perfect lawn and ensure it thrives throughout the year! A good lawn enhances the look of a garden.
The enemies of lawn are poor drainage, over acidity, shade, and close mowing. Feeding is the key for a perfect lawn, feeding discourages weeds and moss from establishing and keeps it green and healthy.
The mowing season usually starts in March but you can mow any time of the year. During winter, mow whenever it is not frosty.
How to take care of your lawn
It is inevitable that weeds will grow, if the problem is small they can be removed by hand as and when they appear or they might quickly spread throughout the lawn. Gently rake the grass with a rake which will help surface water to drain more easily and allow more air to reach the grass, consequently aiding healthy growth. Brush off any leaves, twigs and tidy up edges around the lawn.
The golden rule for mowing is little and often, at least once a week increasing to up to three times a week in the growing season, never wait for the lawn to get too long! All lawns have a natural growth habit, this might be from a few centimetres to over a metre in height. Don’t cut the lawn too short as it will only weaken the grass and allow weeds to establish and may leave brown areas where the grass has been cut too short! Adjust your mower to a high setting so that only the tips of grass leaves are removed. A dull blade will rip the grass and eventually give the lawn a brownish tinge so keep the mower sharp and well maintained. Never mow when grass is very wet as it tends to rip the grass as opposed to cutting it!
Always apply a good fertilizer to maintain colour during the colder months. If there has been heavy weed growth you could apply a good weed killer which will not contaminate the soil. Lawns like any other living organism require feeding if they are to remain in a healthy condition. If not, it will lose colour, thin out and be unable to compete with weeds and moss. Feed in spring, this will enable the lawn to start the season with healthy growth! All lawn feeds are available from most garden centres or online – always read the instructions. Lawns must have their fertility levels replenished, when your aim is to have an attractive green lawn! You can also use home made fertiliser such as compost. Seeding a lawn will improve the overall appearance of a lawn and help to choke out weeds. Dispose of glass clippings which can be put in compost heap for mulching. Some mowers have great mulching option and this will also help feed the lawn.
If your lawn is denied light by trees, high hedges or fences it will prevent it growing healthily and cause the lawn to look bare. Try removing lower branches or feeding it with fertilisers and soil conditioners – it will also need regular reseeding .
If you have a major weed problem you have to stay on top of it. Keep pulling the weeds out year after year and eventually it will recede. It is tedious job and it is advisable to use gardening gloves to protect your hands. You could try using your hands to remove weeds in your garden. Some people find a garden fork is good for digging up weeds as it loosens the soil and then it is easier to lift out the roots. Pulling and digging the roots is the only thing that works as weeds can sprout and re sprout! Repeated pulling will also weaken the roots until hopefully they will die out! Hoe or pull up weeds throughout summer when they thrive a lot. It is also good to dig after rain or heavy watering when the roots are less brittle. Essentially what you are doing is trying not to let the weeds get established.
Some weeds are very stubborn and they will need their roots dug up. You have to get at the whole root because any root fragments left in the ground will sprout into more plants! Some roots break easily as you handle them so go slowly and take care to remove root fragments as you dig up. If you find that the roots of weeds are interlocked with the roots of your crops it may be advisable to move your crops to a new location.
Prepare for the winter – when your lawn is covered in a blanket of snow you may not be thinking about it but if you don’t look after it, it may not look so good in spring!
If your lawn is beyond your help then call in the professionals who will help you to transform it into a beautiful lawn!
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