10 ways to love your lawn
For all the lawn lovers out there, we have put together a list of ten ways to love your lawn better so it grows and looks as good as you want it to! And we've included helpful advice to ensure your lawn care makeover is as hassle-free as possible!
1. Getting off on the right foot…
Choosing the right grass seed for your soil type is one of the best and most effective ways to love your lawn. Not every garden is the same, and because of this, there are many different lawn seeds to choose from. The right seed will thrive in your conditions and leave you with a luscious lawn year-round! For a hardwearing lawn that bounces back every time, try our Fast Grow Family Lawn or our Tough Stuff Lush Lawn. However, if your lawn suffers from clay soils, our New Build Dream Lawn will help you combat the clay since it grows very well in these conditions! Or if your lawn lies under a blanket of shade, it will need special seeds that you can find in our Shade Supreme Lawn mix.
If you’re still unsure, our guide on choosing the best lawn seed will help you find the right option for your garden and ensure you give your lawn the love it deserves!
2. Feeding your lawn some love!
Feeding your lawn will help you maintain a healthy and lush lawn all year round. We recommend feeding your lawn twice yearly. This is best done once before spring with our All Summer Long granular lawn food and once before autumn with our Winter Remedy grass fertiliser. Doing this means your lawn will be jam-packed full of an unrivalled recipe of nutrients to help fight off diseases and stay thick and green all year round.
While we recommend feeding your lawn twice a year, there are times in between feeds when your lawn requires a boost of love! If you’re looking for a quick fix to bring the green back to your lawn, try our Oh So Green lawn food. Or, if you are struggling to get rid of weeds or moss, our 3 IN 1 Lawn Rescue will help to tackle those while continuing to feed and green your lawn, too.
For a child and pet-friendly option, you could opt for our All Natural Nutriboost. It’s an organic lawn food that gets to work on feeding your lawn and keeping it healthy all year round. If you’re new to lawn food, our guide on how to apply lawn food will help to guide you through each step so that you can get the best possible results.
3. Keep your grass hydrated
Luckily for anyone living in the UK, rain is plentiful throughout the year, so worrying about watering our lawn normally falls pretty far down the list of priorities. However, every so often, a warm summer will come around, and it can bring with it a period of drought. Making sure you love your lawn by giving it sufficient levels of water during these times will ensure that it stays healthy and moist until the rain comes back around. You can find out more by reading through our guide on how to water your lawn.
4. Mow, mow mow your lawn!
Whether you’re a lawn fanatic who spends time striping your lawn or you like to get out and get the job done, knowing how to mow your lawn correctly is important.
Quick tips to love your lawn
- Firstly, make sure your lawnmower is serviced and ready to be used. Check that all blades are sharpened before you start mowing so you don’t begin mowing with blunt blades.
- Secondly, never mow wet or frosty grass. Mowing wet grass can cause damage to your lawnmower as the wet grass blades will easily build up and form clumps. In contrast, mowing a frosty lawn will damage the grass blades and cause it to look worse for wear!
- Lastly, never leave lawn clippings on your lawn. A build-up of these will only encourage moisture to gather and diseases or weeds to form.
You should also pay attention to the height of your lawn mower. By adjusting the height, you can tailor your lawnmower to suit your lawn.
5. Watch out for pests and diseases!
Even the most well-kept and loved lawns can fall victim to a pesky lawn disease or pests throughout the year. The hardest part is knowing which one has popped its head up on your lawn. The most common lawn diseases and pests are leather jackets, red thread and snow mould. While these can result in yellowed and dried grasses if left to do their own thing, they can be easily treated - and you will soon forget they were a problem!
6. Say goodbye to the weeds!
Just like lawn diseases, weeds can leave your lawn looking a bit damaged and worn down. They can crop up at any time throughout the year and can spread quickly if they are left untreated. Weeds like poa annua, coach grass and plantain are all regular visitors in our gardens and can spoil our lawns. With the right know-how and tools, you can start to get rid of unwanted weeds on your lawn.
The best way to try and prevent weeds and lawn diseases from taking over your garden each year is to try and maintain a healthy lawn all year round. For tips on how to do this, you can follow our guide on how to keep your lawn healthy.
7. Let your lawn breathe
Aerating your lawn is the process of creating air pockets within your soil to help the flow of nutrients, air, and water. Using a garden fork, you can push it into the soil and wiggle it back and forth to create those air pockets. Without aerating your lawn, you could encourage the build-up of moisture on the soil surface, which creates a perfect hub for weeds and diseases to develop.
8. Overseeding your lawn with fresh grass seed
There’s nothing quite like looking out at your lovely lawn only to spot a bare patch amongst it. Whether that’s from weed removal or general wear and tear on your lawn, it can spoil the look of your overall lawn. Overseeding helps to rejuvenate tired and worn-out lawns by covering the patchy spots with new lawn seeds. This fills in damaged and thinning areas whilst improving the colour and reducing the chance of weed and moss invasions. You can follow our guide on how to overseed to ensure you get the process right each step of the way.
9. Lawnmower maintenance
After putting all your efforts into growing your lovely lawn, the last thing you want to do is to watch it suffer at the hands of a worn-out lawnmower. This is why keeping on top of lawnmower maintenance is essential for a healthy lawn, and it isn’t that hard to do. Use the quieter months from November through to February to give your lawnmower its very own MOT. You can do this by sharpening or replacing blunt blades, and checking oil and fuel levels will ensure your lawnmower is ready for springtime!
10. Pay attention to seasonal advice
As the weather and climate change with each season, so should your lawn care habits. By keeping the same lawn care habits all year round, you won’t do your lawn any good. To learn about our seasonal lawn care advice and how it changes with each season, you can visit our specific lawn care guides for spring, summer, autumn and winter and learn everything there is to know.