The Nunhead Gardener

"The Perfect Lawn"

 

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Grass Mowing in Garden

The Perfect Lawn guide

"ADVICE AND TIPS FOR THAT PERFECT GREEN LAWN"


1. Repair patchy bits - Get rid of bald patches by sowing new grass seed. Scratch up the earth, rake until it’s crumbly and then sow seed according to the packet instructions. Water the area well and don’t walk on it for several weeks. For the best results choose grass seed suited to your growing conditions (shade etc).

2. Get rid of moss - Use a spring-tine rake to remove moss from your lawn (called scarifying). It’s hard work but it stops the moss smothering the grass, giving it a chance to grow. Only scarify in spring otherwise you can cause lasting damage. 

3. Spruce up your edges - Neaten up the overall look of your lawn by redefining the edges. Use a half-moon edging iron to cut the turf, making sure there’s a clear divide between border and lawn. This will instantly make your whole garden look tidier.

4. Banish Weeds - There are two ways to get rid of weeds: by hand, using a traditional daisy grubber, or by using a chemical treatment. Chemicals take away the effort, although make sure you follow the packet instructions to the letter to avoid over-treating and unnecessary damage.

5. Improve Drainage - Plunge a fork into the ground all over your lawn (called aerating). Go as deep as possible every 30cm or so, and this will help with drainage and encourage grass root growth for a generally more healthy lawn.

 

5. Improve Drainage - Plunge a fork into the ground all over your lawn (called aerating). Go as deep as possible every 30cm or so, and this will help with drainage and encourage grass root growth for a generally more healthy lawn.

6. Mow Regularly - You should mow little and often during the growing season to avoid the task becoming a chore. Keep your mower blades high for the first few cuts, lowering them as the weather improves. Don’t cut in hot conditions.

7. Give it a Shape - If you fancy a change, consider reshaping your lawn entirely. Creating a perfect circle, or a new dynamic shape, can transform a garden and provide new planting areas. Enhance it with a permanent brick edge.

8. Boost with a feed - Lawn feeds encourage grass to ‘green up’ and generally look healthy. Once you start feeding lawns they become dependent on it, so it’s important you don’t stop. Get into a weekly routine during the main growing season and you’ll be fine. Don’t over-feed as this can cause scorching.