Our Top 7 Lawn Care Tips
To get the most out of your garden during the sunnier months, you’ll need to know how to take proper care of your lawn. It doesn’t require a whole lot of work, but if you spread these tasks throughout spring to autumn you’ll be able to maintain a pristine looking lawn that you can be proud of.
Start with this task in the Spring. Take a look at your lawn and assess where you think that it might be looking a bit thin or patchy. In these areas, you’ll need to overseed the lawn. All this means is that you’re putting down a handful of new grass seeds on top of the existing lawn in areas that are looking patchy. It’ll make the grass thicker in these areas and stop weeds and moss from growing through.
- Lawn Feed
If you find that your lawn isn’t patchy after winter, you can still take the opportunity to give your lawn a good feed which should keep the grass green, thick and looking as healthy as it possibly can be. Feed your lawn once in spring with a feed high in nitrogen has this will give it a good boost in growth. Top up the lawn’s greenness in summer with a liquid feed and then feed it once again in autumn with a feed high in potassium and phosphorus as this will keep your lawn strong throughout the winter. To prevent thinning patches, we also recommend keeping your garden furniture on a patio or stored away when it’s not in use.
Often your lawn will develop a thatch during the winter made of dead grass, debris and moss. If left unattended, this can cause thin and yellow patches in your lawn as the moss absorbs all the good nutrients your grass needs to grow properly. Use a scarifier in the spring to help your grass grow healthily throughout the year. Don’t worry if your lawn looks a little brown for the first week after you’ve scarified it – the green grass will come back shortly afterwards. Do this once again in autumn to prepare the lawn for winter.
All this means is spiking some holes in the lawn with a garden fork, or you can choose a rolling aerator if you’re looking to make the job a little quicker and easier! This job means that drainage is improved for your lawn, allowing air and moisture to get straight to the roots of the grass. Again, try to do this once in spring and once in autumn too.
- Define the Edges
Often the lawn mower will miss the edges of your lawn, but you can get a specialist edging tool that will help you to add a bit more shape to the edges of your lawn so it doesn’t grow out of control into flower beds or onto patios. This will give your lawn a much neater and groomed appearance. You can tidy the edges of your lawn any time during spring to autumn.
There are several ways to do this, and it’s an important task if you don’t want weeds to take over your lawn! If there aren’t too many, feel free to get your hands dirty and simply pull them out of the ground. For more deep rooted weeds, you can use a weeder tool to get rid of them. If the problem’s more serious than that, we suggest using a lawn weed killer – but be careful to use it to target weeds only otherwise you could end up killing off your grass!
We’re sure we don’t have to tell you this last one, but regularly cutting the grass from spring to autumn keeps your lawn healthy. As soon as it starts to grow, you’ll need to start mowing it – reduce the height of the mower blades in the summer as longer grass means less chance of the lawn being killed off by the heat. Plus, when autumn rolls around a longer lawn survives frost much better. Try to mow in a different direction each time you mow the lawn to stop the grass from leaning in a particular direction.