We all love a nice, hot, sunny day lying out in our garden or entertaining friends and family with a summer BBQ. It’s fair to say that relaxing on a lush green lawn makes the whole experience even more pleasurable. But for a lawn this can be the most stressful time of the year. So what can we do to help our lawn look its best?
The most important thing we can do is give it a much deserved drink. Water at times when the moisture is likely to soak in rather than evaporate, early morning or late evening is the best. Try to avoid giving your lawn a light sprinkling every day, as this can cause the roots to grow shallow and be prone to drying out. When it’s dry, a good soaking once or twice a week is much more beneficial for your lawn.
It’s worth noting that a well fed and maintained lawn will have a stronger and deeper root system, enabling it to withstand and recover from long dry periods. Why not feed and water your lawn at the same time? LiquaFeed Gun is an easy to use hose end feeder, applying liquid lawn food and water to your lawn in one easy application.
Try to mow your lawn at least once a week, keeping the height of the grass to about 1 inch. Ensure all clippings are collected and composted, but avoid cutting too short as this will encourage weeds and moss to enter your lawn. In really hot, dry weather your lawn will become stressed and it is advisable to reduce the amount of mowing, and allow your grass to grow longer.
Should weeds and moss be a problem for your lawn then a quick application of EverGreen Complete will eradicate that problem. If weeds are the main problem for your lawn then apply Verdone Extra Ready To Use liquid lawn weed killer. This selective lawn weed killer will target your lawn weeds without harming the grass.
Warm weather will encourage your lawn to grow rapildly and use up the nutrients in your soil. Give your lawn a helping hand by providing it with some valuable feeding to keep it looking its best. For a fast green up use a liquid lawn feed such as Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed Lush Lawn Refill, perfect for last minute feeding prior to having friends and family round. For larger areas applying a granular fertiliser such as Scotts Lawn Builder Lawn Food using a lawn spreader will speed up the process and give you better, even results. During dry conditions, these products will need to be watered in to activate the feed.
Seeding and repairing
The optimum time for seeding and repairing your lawn is spring and early autumn, however, if you’re prepared to water diligently it can still be done successfully in summer.
You can repair unsightly patches of dead dried grass using Miracle-Gro Patch Magic. The unique seed, feed and coir mix will fill any patch quickly, and even changes to colour to let you know when it needs watering!
Or, where dogs have caused the bare areas, repair the damage with Miracle-Gro Patch Magic Dog Spot Repair.
Did you know?
Studies show that green spaces lower blood pressure, improve attention and reduce fear and anger. Children who spent more time in green play areas show reduced ADHD symptoms and have less weight gain. So keeping your lawn looking its best has benefits for everyone!