Creating your best lawn
Ever wondered why groundskeepers are seen at half time on the pitch frantically working with a fork?
The Bath Gardener gives you 5 tips to create your best lawn yet!
Gardens remain front and centre of our plans again this summer. With overseas travel looking less likely, “Our gate” looks set to be the continued top destination for 2021.
Well the grass is always greener as they say!
But Not so, say The Secret Gardener team, as we believe you too can own your own Wimbledon patch, however big or bijoux. The good news is that NOW is most definitely the time to put in the Good Honest Graft so that when those sunshine days do arrive, all your efforts can be put to good use on the BBQ!
Here’s The Secret Gardener’s top 5 tips on creating your best lawn yet!
Moss can be an issue where lawns are poorly drained or damp. ‘Thatch’ is the collection of organic matter which can also build up in your lawn over the autumn and winter. Spring offers a window to remedy these issues. A spring scarification (raking and removing) treatment should only be carried out when your lawn is actively growing and has time to recover so spring is the ideal time.
This is best done mechanically on larger lawns and by hand or with a rake on smaller areas, with the aim to penetrate the top layer of the lawn removing the moss and thatch and promoting healthy grass growth. You can also use non-chemical bacteria-based products to assist; and may we suggest you seek an expert’s advice in more severe cases. You’ll be surprised just how much comes out.
Your lawn is super active right NOW; springtime sees rapid growth which means that mowing will be the most important task you undertake in cultivating your lawn. Mowing regularly keeps lawns in tip top health and for a conventional lawn we say to mow once a week on a high blade setting. How high? Enough to encourage growth but not too much so-as-to weaken the grass shoots. As a rule of thumb, never cut more than one-third of the leaf shoots in any one mow. Like a lockdown haircut think little and often not number 1 scalped.
Feed me Seymour
From late March to mid-April we recommend you use a lawn fertiliser at the manufacturer’s recommended rates to feed your hungry lawn; your local Garden Centre will be more than willing to advise you which suits your set-up best. Feeding the lawn will increase growth rates and help prevent weeds and moss from re-establishing, which you don’t want after all your hard work! Apply fertilisers when the soil is moist, or when rain is expected. Top Tip Organic Seaweed takes grass to new levels.
After moss or weeds have been removed, or where grass is growing sparsely, over-seeding may be necessary. Early autumn is the best time for this job, but mid-spring is also suitable. Rake, sow, rake in and when dry, water. Be a little patient and wait for up to 10 days to see your new grass shoots appearing.
Obvious, but of course, essential; your grass, like the rest of your garden needs water. Even the driest and brownest of lawns can be saved with some consistent and tentative hosing.
Ever wondered why groundskeepers are seen at half time on the pitch frantically working with a fork? Well its all about aeration particularly effective for a stressed parched dry lawn. Watering once a week to every 10 days is normally sufficient. In the middle of summer 1 square meter needs about 20-litres every seven days.