How To: Care For Your Lawn

A little goes a long way when it comes to caring for your lawn. With a little management and effort, your lawn can look lush and green all year long. The type of jobs you need to do will vary with the seasons, location and type of lawn, but here we have listed a few helpful hints to help you keep your lawn looking its best.

How To: Care For Your Lawn

Mow Regularly

Mow your lawn at least once a week throughout summer, and once every two weeks during spring, autumn and warmer winters. The regular trimming of the grass encourages the roots to spread which helps fill any gaps and blocks out weeds.

In the summer, raise the cutting height of your mower to leave the grass a little longer (Around 5-10cm), as this makes it less prone to discolouration in dry weather.

In recent years there has been a push to leave an area of your garden to grow during spring and summer as it promotes wildlife and pollinators to your garden. Mowing less of your lawn saves you some time and more importantly, makes a big difference to the surrounding wildlife.

Feeding & Watering

To keep your lawn looking in tip-top shape it’s a good idea to feed once in the spring with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as EverGreen Complete 4-in-1 Lawn Feed, and once in early autumn with a fertilizer with high levels of phosphate and potash. For this feed we would recommend a product such as Miracle-Gro® EverGreen® Autumn Lawn Care. It’s advised to feed your grass when rain is forecast so that it gets washed down to the roots. If it’s not due to rain, simply use a hose or watering can to cover the lawn.

Always water young lawns, but don’t be tempted to overwater as this will cause the roots to become shallow. If possible, use grey water from a bath or rainwater from a water butt. Don’t be concerned if your lawn goes brown during a drought, it will come back to life when the rains come.

How To: Care For Your Lawn

Removing Weeds & Pests

These troublesome things will prevent grass growth by blocking the air and nutrients from getting to the roots. Lawn weeds can grow anywhere and come in a variety of forms. The best option for removal is to simply pull the weed out including its roots. If there is a large area of weeds you can try spraying a low-toxicity herbicide. If you were to go down this path, we would recommend a product such as Weedol® Lawn Weedkiller. This is a selective weedkiller that will keep most common lawn weeds under control without harming the grass.

Moss is a non-flowering plant that can cause a lot of damage if left untreated. Moss thrives in damp, shaded areas with poor drainage and clay within the soil. For the moss to be removed, the area can be scarified and then dealing with the root cause such as the drainage or sunlight available. For an effective moss treatment we recommend Evergreen Mosskill.

Whether it’s moles digging up your garden, or a horde of ants making their nests on your lawn, there are ways to deter and remove these pesky animals from your garden. With moles, they can be trapped, smoked out or moved away via a sonic mole repellent. Ants can usually be ousted by any killer spray or granules, a bait station or diatomaceous earth powder.

Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating or spiking your lawn will improve the drainage and stimulate growth by allowing air to reach the roots of your grass. Doing this in the spring and the autumn will provide the best results and will alleviate any compacted areas. This can be done with a garden fork, specially made tools or even a pair of shoes with spikes on! On heavy ground such as clay soils, you can brush sharp sand or fine horticultural grit into the holes to improve drainage and prevent future compaction.

If you’d like your lawn to be ‘bowling-green perfect’ it will demand a higher level of care and routine maintenance. A less formal lawn needs little more than mowing, raking, and the occasional feeding to maintain healthy growth and that fresh look.

At Holt Garden Centre we have a wide range of lawn care tools, accessories, feeds, fertilizers and composts. Everything your lawn needs to thrive! Visit us and speak to one of our friendly members of staff who will be happy to assist you in keeping your lawn happy and healthy.

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