Want your perfect lawn to be the envy of your neighbours? With many people paving over their turf nowadays, or switching to artificial grass out of convenience, lawn care has become a dying art.
Yet many of us are still satisfied by the sight of a weedless striped lawn. For those eager to achieve the perfect lawn, here are several golden tips.
Laying your perfect lawn
It’s best to start from scratch when achieving the perfect lawn. Dig up the patch where you’d like to plant your lawn and mulch it thorough so that’s it’s completely free of weeds.
From here you have two options – seed or turf. If you’re going down the seed route, you’ll want to sow these in either April/May or September.
When it comes to turf, you can lay this down at any time.
Keeping it trimmed
Trimming your lawn is essential for keeping looking neat and tidy. The most common way to do this is of course with a lawnmower.
Grass generally grows most quickly in April/May and September – the heat combined with regular rain makes for excellent growing conditions, so it’s worth regularly mowing during these periods.
In the heat of summer, you may want to mow every week or two. As for the winter, you can usually go without mowing at all. To achieve stripes, you’re best using a rotary mower with a rear roller.
Protecting it from drought
In the heat of summer when there hasn’t been any rain, you’ll need to keep your grass regularly watered.
Mornings and evenings are the best times to do this. Whilst you can use a hose, many people prefer to use sprinklers out of convenience.
Rather than using tap water, you could consider buying some plastic water tanks to harvest rainwater in. Rainwater is often healthier for grass as it contains lots of nutrients not found in tap water.
Protecting it from the frost
Frost can also damage grass by freezing it and making it brittle. The key is to not walk on your grass after a frost – this will cause the frozen grass to shatter and will leave footprints that last well into Spring.
Watering your lawn the night before a frost can also help – whilst it may seem like the worst thing to do, the moisture can actually keep the grass warm enough to prevent frost.
Weeds can take over your fresh lawn and ruin its appearance. You’re best removing any weeds as soon as they start appearing, otherwise they will spread.
There are weed killers out there that can prevent weeds taking hold in the first place. Weeds are also more likely to grow on patchy lawns, often taking advantages of these patches.
By keeping a consistent length, evenly watering your lawn and keeping it undisturbed after a frost, you can stop these patches from appearing and prevent weeds from taking over.