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Guide to Having a Beautiful Lawn

by User Not Found | Apr 16, 2013

GUIDE TO HAVING A BEAUTIFUL LAWN
The regular chore of mowing the lawn would not always be top of the list of my favourite jobs about the garden - it takes time, is hard to get right and usually a large area to cover. About one of the only benefits from the recent cold spell has been slow growth of our lawns, meaning our lawn-mowers have had a slow start to 2013. Now that temperatures are thankfully on the rise we should also see an increase in the growth of our lawns, have your lawn-mower at the ready! Lawns provide somewhere for adults to sit, children to play and pets to roam. They can get worn and downtrodden during busy times of the year. To help keep your lawn in tip-top shape follow my simple guide and make your lawn the envy of your neighbours this year!

You will need:  

Do this in:           March-October

Looks Best:        Year-round
Guide to having a beautiful lawn
Guide to having a beautiful lawn

  1. Mowing little and often is best. Usually start cutting in March and finish in October. Start on the highest setting with the blades for your first cut and gradually lower mower blades throughout the growing season. Do not mow too closely as this will encourage moss. 

  2. Scarify your lawn in the spring, which means removing the moss smothering the grass. Use ‘Sulphate of Iron’ or 4 in 1 to kill it first, and then rake it out with a spring-tine fork when it has turned black.

  3. If you have a wet, soggy lawn, aerate it with a garden fork. Simply push the fork into the ground all over the lawn allowing around 30cm between each plunge and 7.5cm (6”) deep.

  4. Repair bare patches by sowing lawn seed. Tickle the earth with a rake or a hand fork, sow the seed according to the packet instructions and water the area well.

  5. Feed and weed your lawn regularly with a product designed for the job. This will keep it looking green and healthy. Remove large, stubborn weeds by hand.

  6. Keep your lawn edge neat by using a half-moon edger a couple of times a year. This tool will define the line between border and lawn and make it look tidier.

Top Tip:

Choose a lawn seed suited to your own growing conditions when making repairs – there are many mixes available including ones for shades, heavy wear and wet sites.

Happy Gardening,

Teresa