During the winter months, it’s easy to ignore the lawn, but as soon as spring arrives, it becomes an important feature of the garden, serving as a backdrop to the landscaping and planting, and a place for games and leisure. If your lawn is far from perfect, and you’re prone to lawn envy, follow our straightforward maintenance tips to improve its health and appearance.

Mowing:

Regular mowing between March and October is a vital part of your maintenance programme. During spring and autumn, once a week is generally plenty, but during the summer months, you’ll achieve better results by mowing twice a week, except during periods of drought when frequency should be decreased. Avoid mowing when the grass is wet. Shady areas under trees will require less mowing than those in full sunlight.

In spring, start mowing with the blades high, and gradually reduce. Very close mowing can look great, but can weaken the grass, and leave it vulnerable to drought. Sharp mower blades are key to a great result while using edging shears to ensure a clean line that shows your lawn off to full effect. It’s a nice idea to leave areas of the lawn uncut and a little wild – for aesthetic purposes, and to provide an welcoming habitat for insects.

Feeding:

A lawn fertiliser is best used in mid-Spring when the soil is moist. But it can also be applied between late spring and late summer if the grass is losing its freshness. August is too late for fertiliser – and could lead to damage.

Watering:

Generally, watering is only needed during periods of drought. But if you want to maintain a perfectly green lawn, you can water around every ten days, making sure that the water reaches the roots, not just a light sprinkle on the surface, which can do more harm than good. If you don’t water, and your lawn starts turning brown and dry, don’t panic! It should recover when the rain (inevitably) returns.

Raking:

Raking removes dead grass and encourages the formation of new shoots. One good rake a year in the spring is adequate, but if you enjoy the hard work, you could repeat three or four times during the year. Use a special grass rake.

Spiking:

Unless your lawn is very neglected, spiking isn’t an essential task, but it does have lots of benefits including improving drainage, and stimulating new growth. It can also help your lawn survive periods of drought. It’s best done in October, and an ordinary garden fork can be used, although there are specialist bits of kit available. Weeds: Many people apply a weed killer in spring and autumn. But there are alternative ways to keep the weeds down that don’t involve applying poison that has an inevitable impact on wildlife. A ‘daisy grubber’ pulls out weeds such as daisies and dandelions, and moss can be raked out in the spring.

If all this sounds too much like hard work, if your garden is too big, or if you don’t have the right kit, you can contact us for a free, no-obligation quote for any of your garden jobs, however large or small.

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Happy gardening

The Streetwise Team