Home Maintenance Tips: Lawn Care
With hot days and plenty of rain, many lawns become stressed through the summer months. Lawns don’t look wonderful without care and regular maintenance, but the rewards make the time and trouble well worth the effort.
- Mowing should be done on a regular basis and as frequently as possible. Never ‘scalp’ your lawn. Keep the mower blades up and only cut one third of the length of the grass. Grass that is cut too short will have roots that will burn if exposed to the sun. Burnt patches will leave dead patches in your lawn and provide a space for weeds to grow. Consistent mowing helps control the weeds.
- Feed your grass at three monthly intervals. In the autumn, use a complete fertiliser that will encourage root growth as well as promote leaf growth.
- Try to water the lawn in the early morning so that the grass will dry before the temperature increases.
- Before you feed your lawn, try to remove all of the weeds and top dress the bare patches with sand or a lawn top dressing soil. A top dressing is recommended when the lawn in established.
- Summer rain can compact the soil and reduce drainage. Aerate the lawn with a garden fork or hire a spiked roller that will core the soil.
- Remember that autumn is a great time to lay new turf in patchy areas. It will establish well before winter.