Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner and now your lawn has begun actively growing again you can perform some easy maintenance so it’s healthy and attractive for you to enjoy in the warm weather.
1. Mow Regularly
Like cutting your hair you know that mowing your lawn keeps it looking neat and tidy. Did you know that mowing your garden lawn regularly also helps it stay healthy though?
Setting the ideal cutting height can make a huge difference to the health and vibrancy of your garden lawn. You’ll get better results with sharp mower blades and if you really care about your garden lawn invest in a cylinder mower which offers the highest quality finish.
Between the months of March and October is when you should start mowing your lawn regularly. In spring ideally mow once per week, moving to twice per week during summer, unless it is very dry for long stretches; in which case ease off.
For the first mowing at the start of the year set the cutting height to its maximum setting and gradually reduce it each time afterwards. Avoid mowing your garden turf extremely short as this can weaken the grass and make it more susceptible to issues such as weeds, bare patches and drought.
2. Kill Moss
Moss is, unfortunately, a common problem on garden lawns, but easily remedied with a few steps.
The most critical step to keeping moss out of your garden is to keep your garden lawn as healthy as possible.
First, loosen and remove the moss with a rake and then use non-chemical bacteria-based lawn feeds that mention moss control on the packaging. Before applying the lawn feed mow the lawn fairly short and then leave it for around 10 days before mowing again.
You can also purchase dedicated moss killer products – although these are only a temporary solution and the only longterm fix is strong and healthy lawn grass to keep it at bay.
3. Feed your Lawn
Starting in March give your lawn a boost by feeding it with a spring or summer lawn fertiliser, as guided by the manufacturers instructions. Fertilisers should be applied when the soil is moist or just before rainfall is expected. After feeding your lawn it will have more vigour, be more attractive and will help prevent weeds and moss from establishing alongside it.
Lawn fertilizer products are easy to get hold of, with supermarkets carrying a lot of stock in spring to meet the demand.
If you have bare patches on your garden lawn it’s possible to over-seed these areas in early spring so they’ll be healthy and ready for summer.
- Rough up the dirt on the bare surface area with a garden fork so it is not compacted.
- Sow the grass seed over the bald area.
- Lightly rake over the seeds to mix them in with the top layer of soil.
- Use netting if birds are a problem in your garden, to stop them eating the seeds.
- If it’s not due to rain, water gently with a fine spray or sprinkler.
After about 10 days you should see the new garden grass sprouting.
Garden lawns are very hardy and can recover from dry periods – when it rains regularly you can usually leave your lawn to be watered naturally.
In the summer, during times of drought, you’ll need to water your lawn every 1 or 2 weeks to keep it green, but this can use a lot of water – as much as one person uses over a whole week. Even if your lawn starts to turn brown that doesn’t mean it completely died off – and garden lawn will recover from all but the most severe droughts.
Keeping your lawn healthy and strong using the other steps in this blog will go a long way to helping it fight a drought. When it’s very dry allow your lawn to grow a bit longer and protect itself.