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Get your Lawn Summer Ready

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 06, 2016

Get your lawn mower serviced
With the clocks jumping forward and days seeming longer and brighter many gardeners’ thoughts have already jumped to summer. And in particular long sunny days spent in the garden enjoying the warm weather.

Over the last week I have noticed an influx of customers wanting to get their lawns summer ready. Just like people want a summer ready beach body ready for summer, gardeners want to have the perfect lawn in time to show it off to everyone over summer.

Given the wet winter we’ve had many people have been coming in to ask how to get their lawns back looking lush and green once again. Luckily there is loads of time to get your lawn back to picturesque standards so you can sit out and enjoy it this summer.

Lawns take time to look afterIf you want a lawn that looks like those perfect ones on golf courses, you need time on your hands and lots of it to be frank. Lawns like this need time and dedication to achieve and if you can't provide that level of attention you will always be disappointed with the results you end up with. These lawns that many people dream of have teams of people working on them and a lot of investment spent on them. Don't get me wrong it is very easy to have a great looking lawn at home but you would have to give up you day job to have a lawn to golf course standards year round!

For lawns at home the most important thing is to be regular with it. It is better to mow regularly and only take a small amount off each time than leaving it to grow too high and having to cut off loads. I like to set aside a time every week to ten days depending on its growing rate to cut my own grass. Staying on top of it makes life much easier in the long run in my eyes. It will be cut in half the time and with only half the effort than if you let it grow out of control between cuts.

Find the right height for you when cutting grassThe first mowing in spring should just be a trim with the blades set high. Then over time your aim is to gradually lower the blades until the desired height is reached. Do not be tempted to mow very tightly as this weakens the grass and can cause bald patches that can get infested with weeds. As a rule of thumb I would not cut grass lower than an inch.

In Spring there are a number of jobs that you can do to make life easier down the road for your lawn. I get my lawnmower serviced in Spring as it has been locked in the shed for months, it is best to make sure all is in working order.

Before the first cut after Winter I like to get a rake and give the lawn a good clear up and remove any lingering debris from winter. Even though you may have thought you got everything in Autumn you will be surprised what can be found lurking under the grass.

I also like to edge all my lawns using an edger or straight edged spade. I edge the boundaries of lawns, around flowerbeds and also around paths. This helps keep the lawn looking neat and tidy. If you do a good job in spring it will be much easier to maintain the boundaries through-out the year.

Next week we will continue to look at lawns and we will take a closer look at feeding and some of the most common obstacles you will face with your lawn. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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