Guide to lawn care
It's a myth that lawns are low maintenance. If you want a healthy, green lawn, you're probably going to have to put a considerable amount of work into it. The results, however, can be worth the effort. This guide to lawn care explains everything you need to do to achieve a great lawn.
The essential elements of lawn care are:
Grass length is a common cause of many lawn problems. Regular mowing is therefore essential. However, it's important not to cut grass too short, particularly in the cooler seasons. Aim for around 2.5cm in the summer and 3.5cm in the autumn and spring. Try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet, and mow your lawn in a different direction each time - this will ensure a more even cut and will stop grass from developing a set pattern.
Feed your lawn in the autumn, when the roots that will sustain the grass plants are actively growing. Look for top-quality lawn feeds that contain slow-release nitrogen (ureaform, sulfur-coated urea, milorganite and IBDU should all do the trick).
Watering your lawn isn't normally necessary in most of the UK. However, it's important that you do water your lawn in the event of a prolonged dry spell. Early morning watering (between 5am and 8am) is best, as it minimises evaporation. Deep and infrequent watering encourages healthy root systems.
Raking your lawn
Raking is a good way to get rid of all the dead matter that builds up in lawns. It's a good idea to give your lawn a thorough raking at least once a month.
Dealing with lawn care problems
- Moss build up is commonly due to aeration problems or poor soil conditions. Use a good quality moss killer and then rake the lawn thoroughly once the moss has turned brown.
- If problem patches are less than 40cm wide, leave them alone and they will usually repair themselves. Larger dead areas should be removed and replanted.