Achieving the ideal lawn

Achieving the ideal lawn

Posted 28th Apr 2017

New research from EverGreen found that nearly half (49 per cent) of Brits view grass and the lawn as the most important part of their garden, providing the perfect place to let the stresses of the daily grind fall away.

More than two thirds (67 per cent) have said they feel the stresses of the daily grind fall away, with 67 per cent saying sitting on the lawn leaves them more relaxed and at ease.

Regardless of whether it's for barbecues, prosecco sipping, or football with the family, a great lawn can be crucial for enjoying the summer.

Here are some simple tips to achieve an almost effortless lawn:

Mowing - when to mow and best height of trim

Cut regularly - you should really be cutting once a week in March, twice a week in May, June and July, and once a week come August.

- Never give the lawn a close shave. Instead, it should remain long enough to be healthy, but short enough to be visually pleasing. About 2.5cm is ideal.

- Trim the edges, and be sure to mow with sharpened blades.

- 2-3 days after mowing, you should feed your lawn a grass feed to promote healthy roots and a greener, thicker lawn. It's also recommended that you leave it a further 2-3 days after applying it before mowing again.

Weeds - how to treat weeds

- Good management of the lawn will require regular feeding and the correct mowing to encourage a thicker lawn that can repel a weed invasion. However, remember seeds will be blown in from other areas of the garden and bird droppings are also liable to contain weed seeds.

- Getting rid of lawn weeds isn't a case of simply digging them out. If you're that way inclined you can always try selective weedkillers, which can kill weeds wihtout harming the grass. Treating the average sized lawn (100m2) with a lawn treatment can take as little as 10 minutes to feed, weed and control moss in one application.

Watering - preparation and adding nutrients

Most lawns are able to survive a couple of weeks without rain, but after this period, you will notice the symptoms of stress begin to appear. Grass could start to turn silvery blue, and turf could look flat as the grass wilts. To avoid this:

- Prick the surface - if the lawn is baked hard, the water will tend to run off the surface instead of soak into the soil. To prevent this from happening, prick the surface all over with a garden fork.

- Water thoroughly - during a drought, water the lawn thoroughly once a week instead of giving them light sprinklings each day. Water them at a cool time of the day, either late at night or early in the morning.

- Add nutrients while watering - for instance, soluble lawn food. Diluted down with water, they can get to work quickly.

- Top dressing - top dress the turf once a year with an enriched lawn soil to help to build up organic matter and aid water retention.

Feeding - benefits and reasons to feed

Lawn grasses will start to grow from March as the soil begins to warm up and you start mowing. You may also notice that the colour of the remaining grass is verging towards pale yellow instead of the rich green.

If you look harder, you could even spot patches of moss in shady areas and the inevitable weed marring the look. If you spot any two of these symptoms, your lawn will need a thorough make-over to get back a decent lawn instead of a simple weed patch.

- For lawns which have an easy-to-use grass seed spreader, you should apply the granular feed.

Moss control - moss tips

Start off by mowing the lawn and at the same time, check the conditions you find underfoot. Choose a dry day when frost is not present and you are almost certain to find great colonies of moss, especially in low lying and shaded areas.

- Mossy leaves will tend to remain wet for long periods, have low nutrient levels, be compacted, lack organic matter, be cut too short or scalped and be shaded from regular sunshine.

Seeding a new lawn

- Start by deciding on the type of lawn you want and how you will use the area. You can then choose the correct seed mixture that will perfectly match your garden and lifestyle.

- Before buying the grass seed, measure the area to be seeded so you can buy the right amount of grass seed you need.

- Anyone can sprinkle seed over the soil, but if you want your lawn to be flat, free--draining, weed-free and quickly established, preparation is crucial for both short and long-term success.

Tips courtesy of EverGreen

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