A beautiful lawn compliments the rest of the garden and makes the whole garden, look fantastic. Spring is the best time to spend a little time and effort, getting it into shape - mowing the grass, feeding with a lawn fertiliser and dealing with bare patches, ugly weeds and moss.
A simple lawn care programme will give you a lawn to be proud of, keep it in perfect condition and make friends and neighbours green with envy.
The secrets of success to a great looking lawn are:
- Regular and correct mowing.
- Feeding with a spring and summer lawn fertiliser.
- Treating weeds and moss.
- Dealing with bare patches.
The most important lawn care job for a fantastic lawn, is correct and regular mowing. You need to cut the grass whenever it is growing - which is likely to be weekly, or even more frequently as the weather warms up in spring.
The aim should be to keep it at the same height all through spring. For most lawns this should be about 2.5-4cm (1-1.5in) high. For lawns that take a lot of wear and tear, the height is better raised to 5cm (2in). For very shaded areas, mow at a height of 7.5cm (3in).
Mowing too short is the quickest way of allowing weeds and moss to become established, which ultimately weakens the grass and spoils the lawn.
Next on the priority list is feeding the grass and by using certain lawn feeds, you can really produce a lawn to boast about!
A good feed with a lawn fertiliser not only makes the grass greener, but it makes it grow thicker and increases its strength, vigour and health, so it is more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss and weather-related stresses. In spring, the best results are achieved by using a granular feed that supplies a regular amount of nutrients over several weeks. All EverGreen lawn feeds do this.
To feed the lawn in spring, use a lawn feed straight after cutting. On very small lawns or to give a 'quick fix’ and green up, use a lawn product that greens lawns within 24 hours!
When using a granular lawn feed, it is important to apply it evenly over the whole lawn at the recommended rate. The easy way to do this is to use a lawn spreader, especially on larger lawns!
If you feed the lawn again in 6 week’s time, it will remain strong and healthy all summer.
Treating Weeds and Moss
Lawn weeds are a major headache that can stop you fully enjoying your lawn. A strong, healthy and well-fed lawn will be able to deal with weeds and moss far better than one that isn’t fed and looked after properly.
But where weeds and moss are a problem, you need to deal with them quickly. Use a lawn treatment product, specifically looking out for a 4-in-1 product that feeds, treats weeds, controls moss and builds up the lawn’s resistance to heat, drought and other stresses. Find a product that can be used from April onwards, throughout spring and summer.
Where major moss or weed invasion is a problem, dealing with them with an extra application of a liquid weedkiller, will produce excellent results!
Dealing With Bare Patches
After the ravages of winter, many lawns have bare areas that not only look unsightly, but are perfect places for weeds and moss to take hold.
There are lawn products available that will cover bare patches and produce a thick grass covering of the bare area...easy!
Dogs can also cause patches on grass, for which you will need a more specialist lawn product, that will specifically repair patches left by dogs.
Overseed New Life
Every year, up to a quarter of the grass in the lawn can die - more after a cold, wet winter. Overseeding - sowing new grass seed into the existing lawn - can rejuvenate the lawn and bring it back to life.
Overseeding improves the lawn’s appearance and by increasing the density of the grass, you will also reduce weed and moss invasion.
You can actually overseed with most grass seed mixes.
Further Hints and Tips For a Better Lawn
- Trim the edges of the lawn whenever you mow to keep crisp lines that clearly show you care for your lawn.
- Cut lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to ensure they look neat and well shaped.
- Scarify with a spring-tine rake to remove dead grass, thatch and other debris that will otherwise prevent healthy grass growth.
- On heavy clay soils, aerate the lawn in early spring with a garden fork or hollow-tined aerator to improve drainage and help reduce waterlogging problems and so make the grass grow better.
- After aerating, add a top dressing to further improve drainage and ensure healthy grass growth.
- Water the grass if it desperately needs it. Water thoroughly so the roots are well watered. If you just wet the top you will encourage roots at the surface, which are much more vulnerable to drought damage.