How to care for your lawn
Keeping your grass looking green and healthy brings all the elements of your garden together creating a perfect area for relaxation and fun. With just a little effort at the right time of the seasons, it will look lush and green all year round. One things for sure there's little to do in winter, but as the weather warms up, it's time to start readying your lawn for the summer ahead.
What you will need for the job:
- Lawn Care
- Rubbish bags
Cutting & removing debris
Before you get started you need to cut and remove debris because moss can act like a sponge, preventing light, water and nutrients from reaching the roots of the grass. The blades from a garden rake can cut out both thatch and moss. It will then give you a firmer lawn as the air, water and nutrients are able to get to the soil.
Mowing your lawn
When it gets to the spring months your lawn will need regular mowing as it starts to grow. Firstly you should set the blades high on your mower for the first few cuts and start reducing the cut size gradually.
In the heat of summer it’s best to let the grass grow a bit longer to keep the moisture and in the late autumn months a longer lawn will be less vulnerable to frost damage.
Ensure you mow in the same direction every time as it compacts the soil and makes the grass lean in that direction. However, if you want the striped lawn effect either use a mower with an integrated roller or a separate lawn roller.
Important fact - Weeds need to be dealt with, or they’ll completely take over your lawn. Daisies and dandelions might look innocent enough, but they need to be removed! (Other weeds to be removed --> trefoils, plantain, chickweed, speedwell, clover, buttercups and thistles.)
By using lawn weed killers in spring time it's vital as it's when the weeds are growing the fastest. If the weather’s been dry, give your lawn a good soaking the day before you intend to treat it. Hand-weeding is fine if there aren’t too many – or if very deep-rooted, use a weed puller to yank them out.
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