A healthy, green lawn is a highly desired garden feature. With the arrival of longer evenings and the warmer months, you’ll soon want to be outside enjoying your garden and you’ll want a beautiful lawn you can be proud of and appreciate.
To help, we’ve created a guide on how you can get a perfect, healthy-looking lawn this summer.
Remove Existing Weeds
Before you start to work on your lawn, the first thing you should do is remove existing weeds. A few weeds are inevitable on most lawns, but they only take a few minutes to eliminate. You can do this by either pulling the weeds out by hand or using a weeder.
It is recommended that you regularly watch for weeds in your garden in order to disturb them and prevent future growth. If you see daisies and dandelions growing on your lawn often, it’s possible that you’re not getting the root fully. Next time, make sure you remove the root in full to stop regular growth.
Aerate Your Lawn
Your grassroots need air to be able to breathe and grow. If your lawn is the most used area of your outdoor space, then it can be easy for the soil to become compact. With compacted soil, there can be problems with air circulation, water drainage and nutrient absorption.
The secret to having a healthy and beautiful lawn is aerating it. This simply means punching holes throughout your lawn around 3 inches deep with a digging fork. By doing this, it provides the roots with oxygen as well as allowing water from the surface to flow away.
Cut Regularly With The Right Mower
To achieve a healthy and beautiful looking lawn, it is highly advised that you cut regularly. Little and often is known to be best as it helps to thicken the grass.
However, cutting your grass isn’t just about how often you do it, but it’s also about the tool that you use. Picking the right lawnmower for you and your lawn is just as important.
With the wide range of lawnmowers that are available and the various different features they come with, it’s not always easy to choose the right lawnmower for your lawn. Here’s a short guide to ensure your lawnmower can help you achieve a healthy-looking lawn.
The main types of lawnmowers are:
- Push Mowers
These are worth considering if you have a small amount of grass to mow. You simply push these along with your own strength – they give a great, close cut finish.
- Cordless Mowers
These are ideal for those with slightly bigger lawns, who might be restricted with an electrically powered mower. Cordless mowers are battery-powered and are light, inexpensive to run and require little maintenance. However, you do need to recharge them in advance to cutting your lawn.
- Electric Mowers
These are powered straight from the plug and are perfect for small to medium lawns. However, before you buy, check the length of the cable inside in case you need to purchase an extension cable to reach all of your lawn. Again, these mowers require little maintenance and are light to use.
- Petrol Mowers
If you’ve got quite a large lawn, then these are for you. These are powerful and quality machines, making it easy to cut thick grass and overgrown areas. They require no cables or recharging, however they do need regular servicing.
- Ride-on Mowers
These are ideal for very large gardens as well as mowing rough or uneven terrain. They can cover large areas in a small amount of time, require little physical effort and are extremely powerful.
How frequently you water your lawn depends on a few different factors, including your soil type, grass type, exposure to the sun and regional climate.
If you have planted a new lawn, you may have to water it once a day, however, some lawns may only require watering once a month due to the right amount of nutrient levels. All lawns are different.
However, to maintain a lush, green lawn, there are a few things to look out for. If your lawn is beginning to change in colour and it’s looking duller than it was before or if it is losing its springiness, then the moisture levels are becoming low and it needs to be watered.
Cutting your grass actually removes nutrients from your lawn therefore once your lawn has been mowed, then you need to replace the nutrients to ensure maximum growth. A well-fed lawn is healthier and has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, foot pressure and other factors.