How to Get the Perfect Lawn

Fancy making the whole neighbourhood jealous with a luscious green lawn that invites envious looks?

 

Never fear: we’ve got you covered with all the tips you need to keep that lawn gorgeous and healthy!

Image shows a bright green lawn being cut by a red and black lawnmower. There are trees in the background of the picture.

Regular Mowing

Just like regular hair-cutting, regular will help your lawn grow as the mowing encourage root spread which ensures it fills out the space with no gaps or blemishes. Ideally, you’ll want a length of between 5 and 10cm and mowing at least once a week (twice during the height of summer) ensures it reaches a good length without overgrowth. Before and after mowing, check all blades are free from debris and are kept sharp.

Watering

You won’t believe this, but watering a lawn is a controversial subject. Whilst some experts encourage regular watering, others firmly believe that other than in its’ first year, a lawn shouldn’t need any additional water, other than in an extreme drought. We say that watering approximately every 7 – 10 days is a good way to keep it hydrated. However, you should never water the grass (or other part of the garden) when it’s hot outside as you risk the grass scorching as it dries. Watering either first thing or at dusk when the temperature has dropped is idea. From a “green” perspective (no puns intended), collecting rain water or dish water in a water-butt is a great way to recycle.

Pick those weeds

Not only do weeds look unsightly, but many, especially dandelions, spread both their leaves and roots sucking up moisture and preventing light reaching your lawn. This can create dead and brown patches. Whilst you should never use chemicals on the lawn, using a trowel to pick a week, and taking out the root, is hugely beneficial.

Feed it

Regularly, but sparingly, is the golden rule. You can buy lawn-feed from most DIY and Garden shops and websites, and given that all will differ, you should always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.

Aerate it

This sounds complex, but bear with us. Compacted grass roots can lead to bare patches in your lawn, so you’ll need to manually separate the soil. You can do this either with special shoes, or with a garden fork. Putting the fork into the soil by about 10 cm, and then rocking back and forth on it gently, allows air to the soil and prevents those roots getting too friendly with each other.

Thatch

Here we are with the technical terms again. Thatching is essentially removing any debris both from the surface of the grass and also from the soil which would prevent moisture and sunlight getting to it. You’re best to use a rake or a specialist tool for this, but regularly keeping it free of debris, will improve the appearance and health of the grass.

Keep it pet free

As much as you love your pets, having them both playing on and “messing” on your lawn isn’t good for it. Ideally, keep pets away from the grass altogether, but if that’s not possible, dedicate a section to them and fence it off, whilst keeping the rest pet (ergo mess) free.

Image shows a birds-eye view of a green grass being cut by a person wearing a green shirt and a beige baseball cap. He is standing to the left of the picture and casting a shadow into the centre of the picture.

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