10 ways to love your lawn
10 ways to love your lawn
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 you can 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. If you suffer from clay soils, then our New Build Dream Lawn will help you to combat the clay. 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 to find the right option
2. Feeding your lawn
Feeding your lawn will help you maintain a healthy and lush lawn all year round. We recommend feeding your lawn twice a year, once before spring with our All Summer Long and once before autumn with our Winter Remedy. This way, your lawn will be jam packed full of an unrivalled recipe of nutrients to help fight off diseases and to stay thick and green, all year round.
While we recommend feeding your lawn twice a year, there are times in between feeds that your lawn requires a boost. 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 your through each step so that you can get the best possible results.
3. Keep it 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 your lawn has 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 their lawn or you just like to get out and get the job done, knowing how to mow your lawn correctly is important. Firstly, make sure your lawnmower is serviced and ready to be used. Check that all blades are sharpened before you start mowing so that you don’t begin mowing with blunt blades. Secondly, never mow a 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. Whereas mowing a frosty lawn will be really damaging to the grass blades and cause serious damage. 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 your lawn mower height. 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 cared for lawns can fall victim to a pesky lawn disease or pest 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 found are leatherjackets, red thread and snow mould. While each of these can result in yellowed and dried grasses if left untreated, each of them can be easily treated.
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 a hold on your lawn 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 breath
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 will create a perfect hub for weeds and diseases to develop.
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. Over-seeding helps to rejuvenate tired and worn-out lawns by covering the patchy spots with new lawn seed. 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. Lawn mower 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. Keeping on top of lawnmower maintenance is essential for a healthy lawn, and it isn’t hard to do! Use the quieter months from November through to February to give your lawnmower its very own MOT. Sharpening or replacing blunt blades and checking oil and fuel levels will ensure that your lawnmower is reading and rearing to go in springtime!
10. Pay attention to seasonal advice
As the weather and climate changes with each season, so should your lawncare habits. By keeping the same lawn care habits all year round, you won’t be doing 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 find out everything there is to know.
If there’s anything we haven’t covered, be sure to check out our blog pages to find out more. Or you can email our lawn lovers on [email protected] and we would be happy to help you will any lawn queries you may have.