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LOVE YOUR LAWN IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS - BY MATT REYNOLDS

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26/05/2016

 

Your lawn really is an eye catcher for those that are taking even the smallest of glances at your garden. Whether it covers a large and spacious rear garden, or a small area in your driveway, a well-kept lawn will always get noticed. With the summer months almost upon us, and the prospect of BBQs ever more real, why not follow my eight simple steps that will help keep your lawn happy and healthy lawn throughout the summer months.

Love your Lawn in 8 Simple Steps - by Matt Reynolds

Mowing

Is the most important form of care that you can give your lawn, but be careful not to overdo it with the lawnmower. Your grass will be in a much healthier condition the longer it is, as it prevents weed seeds from growing due to the lack of light. An ideal length in the summer is between 40 to 50 mm.

Moss

Moss can only be removed successfully if you are taking good care of your lawn and keeping it in a healthy state. Apply moss killer to the problem areas and once dead, remove gently with a rake and cover the patch with grass seed. You must keep the seeds moist until regrowth has appeared.

Fertilize

Fertilizer will only work on your lawn if it has enough moisture, it will not have any effect on very dry grass. For a dramatic change in appearance, spread fertilizer over your lawn once every six to eight weeks. If you don’t have the time for a high maintenance lawn, you can still get good results if you fertilize once at the beginning of each new season.

Seeding

If your lawn is patchy, sow some grass seeds to allow fresh new grass to grow. Between the months of March and May, or later in September are the ideal times for seeding. It is important that your lawn is at the right temperature and has enough moisture to encourage the seeds to grow well.

Watering

The recommended amount of water for your lawn is 25mm to 38mm per week. The best time to water your lawn is during the morning, before the day’s temperature is at its peak. Watering your lawn any later means that it may not benefit before the water is evaporated by the sunshine.

Aerate the soil

Aeration involves piercing the soil on your lawn with small holes in order to allow air, water and nutrients to the grass roots. You should aerate your lawn if it gets dry very easily or gets heavy use i.e. if it is walked on regularly. Look for an aerating tool or machine that removes soil plugs approximately 50mm to 76mm deep and 12mm to 19mm in diameter, and about 50mm to 76mm apart for best results.

Rake

To get the best results from raking, it is best to rake the lawn once in one direction and then again at a slightly different angle. Raking at a right angle will cause too much damage, so do be careful. The ideal time for raking is when the temperature starts to warm up around April, or later in the Autumn. Even if done correctly, raking at the wrong time of the year can cause severe damage.

Weed control

You should apply weed killer just once a year, ensuring that you are applying in the right conditions. The soil should be moist but the grass should be dry and you should not do it if there is a chance of rain for at least six hours. Windy conditions will blow the weed killer unevenly across the lawn or even remove it, summer evenings are ideal as it is not hot enough to dry the weed killer out. Remember not to mow your lawn for three days after spraying.

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Matt Reynolds,
Senior Landscape Designer


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