A beautiful lawn complements 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 and, as a consequence weakening the grass, is the quickest and easiest way of allowing weeds and moss to become established and spoiling the lawn.
Next on the priority list is feeding the grass, and the EverGreen range of lawn feeds will 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.
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, such as the built-in spreader in the smaller sizes or use EverGreen Easy Spreader + 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. EverGreen Complete is a unique 4-in-1 treatment that feeds, weeds, controls moss and builds up the lawn’s resistance to heat, drought and other stresses. It can be used from April, throughout spring and summer.
Where major moss or weed invasion is a problem, dealing with them with an extra application of a liquid weedkiller, such as Verdone Extra, and EverGreen Mosskil Soluble, 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. Give your lawn a treat by giving it the once over with Miracle-Gro Patch Magic. The unique combination of grass seed, coir and slow-release feed will cover bare patches in no time at all and produce a thick grass covering of the bare area.
Or, where dogs have caused the bare areas, repair the damage with Miracle-Gro Patch Magic Dog Spot Repair.
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.
Further hints and tips for better lawns
- 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.