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Bring your lawn to life!

by CountryLife Gardening | May 05, 2015

Lawns provide somewhere for adults to sit, children to play and pets to roam. But they can get worn and downtrodden during busy times of the year. To help keep your lawn in tip-top shape all year round just follow our simple guide.

  1. Mowing little and often is best. You should start cutting in March and the last cut of the year will usually be in October. Gradually lower mower blades throughout the growing season and be careful not to mow too closely as this will encourage moss.
  2. Scarify your lawn in the spring, put simply this means removing moss from your grass. Traditionally we would recommend you use ‘sulphate of Iron’ or 3 in 1 to kill the moss and then you would need to rake it out with a spring-tine fork when it has turned black. But this year to save you some extra work we’ve a brand new product called MOBatcher which doesn’t need raking out afterwards and avoids the black mess in your lawn.
  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.

Here to help! - remember if you have any questions feel free to pop into one of our garden centres or you can contact us on our Facebook and Twitter pages and email us at: hello@countrylife.ie

Written by Kieran Delahunty - CountryLife Kilmeaden

Kieran's Bio
I started in Countrylife Dungarvan in 2008, before moving to Kilmeaden the following year. If I look familiar to some of you it may be from Delaney’s Garden Shop, which was my own business on O’Connell Street for 20 years. When I’m not tending to trees I love the clash of the ash, as a keen GAA follower.