I’m so grateful for the rain that came this weekend – I think all of us needed it, as did out plants and lawns. How the heatwave is over, it’s time to start bring those gorgeous lawns back to life again. I managed to get some great lawn care tips from Radmore & Tucker and I’m delighted to be able to share them with you today!
When should I cut my lawn?
For the first cut of the year, a mower with sharpened blades should be used to ensure that the grass is cut cleanly. Ideally, don’t cut more than one third of the blade of grass as this will help to maintain the growth and health of your lawn – ensuring it looks its best!
During Summer, avoiding cutting when it’s too hot as this can result in the grass losing vital nutrients. You should leave your grass about three centimetres high and water when needed. Try using a mulching mower as these feed back the nutrients into the grass and can save money on fertiliser.
In the Autumn, you should mow your lawn less often when the weather is dry. This is also a great time to fertilise your lawn – especially if you have been mulching it. Just remember that you will not see the effects of this until the following Spring though. At the end of the season, leave your grass slightly longer than you would normally.
In Spring, use a scarifier when the soil is warm and dry as this will aerate your lawn. To ensure you have healthy lawn growth, use fertiliser through the season. If you want a nice thick lawn, ideally you should be mowing it once a week. If you find it is growing excessively or too fast, you can do it twice a week.
Generally, try to mow the lawn in the right conditions for that time of the year and you should have a healthy and happy lawn. Regular mowing also has the benefit of making the lawn nice and thick and tidy as well as deterring weeds.
Tidy those edges
After you have own your lawn, trim any grass which projects over the edges. You should be using edging shears or a lawn trimmer. This will keep your edges tidy and looking neat. You could also try using an edging tool during the spring. To keep your edges uniform, try cutting against a plank of wood for straight lines, or along an old piece of hosepipe for curves. This is simple but effective.
A few small weeds can be left on the lawn, but if patches of weeds or specific weeds need to be removed, just pull them up by hand and try and get the root out. If the weeds are multiplying or spreading, use a spot treatment weed killer which can usually be bought in tubes.
Repair any damage
If your lawn as sunk, you can peel back the turf and add some topsoil into the hollow areas. Just ensure you level it down before replacing the flaps of turf. You can always use things like stepping stones to prevent the lawn from wearing away. These should sit just below the surface of the lawn so that a mower can get over them unobstructed.
Check the pH level of your soil
You cannot tell the lawn’s pH from looking at it. It might be looking great but still have a pH which it isn’t happy with. Ideally the pH should be between 6 and 7.2 and you can check this with a pH testing kit. You can fix pH issues by adding iron to lower it if it is too high, or by adding some lime to raise it if it is too low.
Don’t forget to look after the shady areas of grass. They need less water due to the lower level of heat and evaporation and also need less fertiliser. This is because with less sun, it won’t be growing as much.
You can include leaves into your mulching if at least one third of your grass is still showing through the fallen leaves. Beware though – too much mulch creates residue that won’t easily degrade. Come Spring this can cause your grass to be matted and even kill it.