Top Tips to Lawn Care

 

With the undeniably fine weather we’ve been having, nothing felt the blissful drops of rain quite like the yellowing fields of grass all over the country. If your lawn succumbed to the recent heatwave, here are some top tips from Radmore and Tucker to getting it looking healthy once more:

 

Your Year-Round Guide to Lawn Care

Creating a beautiful lawn is as simple as cutting it correctly for the season. Regular cutting deters weeds and keeps your lawn looking thick and healthy.

Whenever you cut your lawn, first ensure that your mower has sharpened blades for the cleanest cut. Ensure healthy growth and a good looking lawn by never cutting more than a third of the blade of grass.

Avoid cutting your grass too short when it’s very hot during the summer months and less frequently when the weather is dry Cutting it too far down can cause the grass to lose its nutrients so leave grass at a minimum height of 30mm, watering it if required. Leave the last cut of the year slightly higher than normal. Cutting your lawn during spring months might require you to cut it twice a week thanks to intense growing periods. Want a thick lawn? Mow it once a week. 

The optimum time for fertilising your lawn is during the Autumn months, especially if it has been mulched beforehand. This can be made easier by using a mulching mower such as the Viking 5, 6 and R series. Don’t expect to see results immediately though, as any improvements won’t be visible until the following spring. Don’t over-mulch as this can leave the lawn matted, killing the grass instead of caring for it.

Solve the problem of a matted lawn by using a scarifier when the soil is warm and dry in order to aerate it. Using a long-term fertiliser during the spring months encourages healthy growth. 

 

The importance of edges

Keep your lawn looking neat and prevent it from spreading out into the borders by trimming any grass that overhangs the edges with edging shears or a lawn trimmer. Each spring, cut the edges using an edging tool, using a plank of wood for straight edges or utilising a hosepipe laid on the ground as a template for curves.

 

Get rid of weeds

Remove single weeds or small patches of them regularly by hand, trying to remove the root as you do so to try to prevent regrowth. If weeds are taking over the garden consider treating them with a dab-on weed killer.

 

Fix any damage

Fix sunken patches of lawn by peeling back the turf to reveal the hollow below. Add some topsoil, level out and firm down. Fill any gaps left by the cuts with a little more topsoil. Prevent wear and tear on regularly used lawn by laying stepping stones down.

 

Check soil PH levels

Unfortunately, you can’t tell how healthy your lawn is by eye and this is why checking the ph level is so important. Take several samples from different parts of the lawn and, using a pH testing kit, test to see if they meet the required pH of between 6.0 and 7.2. If your lawn’s pH levels are too low, add lime to increase them. Too high? Add iron instead.

 

Check shady areas

Grass can struggle in shady areas. To keep it looking as good as the rest of the lawn, ensure the lawn that lies within the shade isn’t watered and fertilised as much as the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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