Keeping a lawn in tip-top condition doesn’t need to be hard work but it will take more than just the occasional mow. To ensure your lawn looks at it best throughout the year, it will need the occasional feed and the inevitable problems with weeds or moss will need to be addressed.
Little and often is the best way to mow. It not only keeps the grass looking tidy, but also eradicates a lot of weeds without having to resort to using weedkiller. During the spring and summer, the blades on a mower should be set to cut the grass to a length of 2.5 cm (1inch) in height. If the weather is dry then you should leave the grass about another centimetre higher at 3.5cm. This will help the grass get through a drought and stay lush.
If your grass hasn’t been cut for sometime then you should not cut the grass as short, instead just cut it too half the height and keep cutting closer over the next few weeks until its back to normal. This will ensure it stays green and leafy.
Feeding should take place after the lawn has been mown, especially for lawns that get a lot of use. This will help the grass to replace itself faster than it wears out.
Feeding should begin in spring once the worst of the bad weather is over and the grass is starting to grow faster. A feed high in nitrogen should be used throughout spring and summer as it will encourage lots of leafy growth. If you don’t have time to mow your lawn regularly you may choose to use an autumn lawn feed, as the grass won’t grow so quickly.
If you only want to feed the lawn once a year, then this should be done in late spring. If you are after quality then you may want to use a more expensive, slow-release feed or feed the lawn every 6-8 weeks from late spring until mid-summer.
The majority of weeds will be killed during mowing, however, rosette weeds such as daisies or plantain and creeping weeds such as speedwell and trefoil will need to be treated using weedkiller.
Rosette weeds are best attacked using lawn weedkillers and you can use either granular weedkillers or a liquid version that can be applied using a watering can.
Creeping weeds can be more difficult to treat and to get the best results with these you need to use liquid lawn killers that are designed specifically for small-leaved weeds.
Even the best kept lawns are susceptible to moss but if it’s a constant problem it may be due to the lawn having poor drainage or being in the shade for a lot of the time. Moss can be difficult to deal with and often the best option is to apply mosskiller twice a year during spring and autumn and use a powered lawn raker to comb out the dead moss.
Feeding is also advised to encourage the grass to colonize any bare patches that moss may find its way into.
For more information about safeguarding the look and longevity of your lawn get in touch with our team and allow us to develop a cost-saving, comprehensive maintenance plan customised to your individual property. Call our friendly Chelmsford based gardeners on 01245 80 71 80 today.