As the warmer weather fast approaches, the nation will turn its attention to outdoor living and a lush green lawn is a key focal point for the summer. The centrepiece of any garden, the lawn is a children’s playground or football pitch, as well as being home to both sun worshippers and BBQ lovers.
For a great looking lawn this summer, we recommend following our simple steps.
How and when to mow your lawn
Cutting the grass plays a huge part in maintenance throughout the summer. Lawns should be mown approximately every seven days. The recommended cutting height on a mower is one to two inches to achieve the perfect sward. By cutting at the right height, the lower grass leaves can then develop into thicker and stronger plants, providing even coverage.
Make sure the mower blades are sharp and not blunt. This can create severe stress on the lawn, and will scalp the grass and leave patchy gaps, creating the perfect environment for weeds to grow and flourish.
With May being the sunniest on record, and the UK receiving very rain, watering is very important and should be carried out 2-3 times a week. Leaving the cuttings on the grass after a mow will also keep moisture in the ground where it’s needed the most.
How to remove weeds and moss
Summer is one of the busiest seasons for lawncare and a vital time to keep on top of moss and weeds. It’s important that these are removed from your lawn as they compete with the healthy grass for vital nutrients and soil moisture, which are vital in the hotter weather to prevent the shallow roots suffer lasting damage.
The ideal way to remove weeds and moss from your lawn is to use a triple action fertiliser such as Aftercut All in One Lawn Feed, Weed and Moss Killer. Not only does it kill moss, twelve different types of weeds and their roots, but it also rapidly greens the grass in just 7 days. After 3 days, the moss will blacken and can be removed with a lawn scarifying rake. The patches can then be reseeded to avoid them being overgrown by moss again. Gro-Sure Smart Patch Spreader is the perfect solution repair and consists of special aqua gel technology that locks in essential nutrients and guarantees the greenest of results.
Localised weeds in your lawn can be tackled with Resolva Lawn Weedkiller which is ready to use and child and pet safe once dry. Alternatively, smaller weeds can be removed by hand or by using a weeding tool.
When to feed your lawn
Summer will see the busiest footfall in your garden so your lawn will experience daily wear and tear. It is important to feed and condition your lawn to ensure it stays green and healthy during this time. Westland SafeLawn is the perfect tonic to feed the lawn every 3-4 weeks throughout the year. SafeLawn is a 100% organic fertiliser that that breaks down into the soil to bring nutrients to where the grass needs it the most. Being derived from natural ingredients means its both child and pet-friendly and promises thick and lush results. As the grass becomes stronger your lawn will start to out-compete weeds and moss, and the special friendly bacteria in SafeLawn converts any dead moss and thatch into nutrients, which helps to keep your lawn looking its best.
Aftercut Ultra Green Plus is an all-round lawn care solution that both feeds and conditions for a greener, stronger and healthier lawn. It protects against hot, dry weather and scorching well as being able to withstand and recover from drought.
By following our top tips, you will achieve the perfect garden lawn all year round.