As Tom Jones once said, it’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. However, in practice, maintaining such green grass can be quite a task – after all, it’s not unusual.
In pursuit of garden greatness, gardeners nationwide are constantly battling against a myriad of horticultural headaches, from weeds to waterlogging and everything in between.
Luckily, help is at hand!
Keep your lawn as green as can be with these top tips designed to keep your grass in tip-top condition, all year round.
Best Green Grass Tips
Maintaining a gorgeous garden is a year-round endeavour. Follow these seasonal steps to keep you grass a healthy green, whatever the weather.
Early spring is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its time to shine over the summer months ahead.
During this period, take time to aerate your grass by piercing shallow holes across your lawn with a garden fork.
This will loosen the soil and allow oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots, promoting healthier grass growth.
For the greenest surface, remove any moss present by using a moss killer. Once the moss killer has taken effect, scarify your lawn to remove any dead moss and thatch to prevent lawn disease.
Finally, pull up any visibly noticeable weeds and reseed any areas that are bare, taking time to loosen the topsoil first.
Overseeding can also encourage denser grass growth, limiting room between the blades and preventing weeds from surfacing.
As spring comes to a close, your lawn should begin to take shape and grass will soon rise to the occasion.
Begin to mow your lawn regularly during this time, ensuring you only trim around 20% of the grass at any one time.
While scalping your lawn may logically translate to fewer cuts, cutting more than 50% of the blade length can damage your grass and cause stunted root growth.
Gradually lower the height of your mower until you reach the desired grass length. You can leave the short clipping on the lawn as a natural fertiliser.
With grass now at the height of its growth, your main priority during the summer is to stay on top of your grass with regular mowing.
It’s important to make sure your mower blades remain sharp over the summer as blunt blades can tear the grass rather than cut it. This can add stress to the grass, causing the tips to turn yellow.
Much like the springtime, avoid cutting your grass too short. While grass growth will be quicker, taller lawns naturally appear greener. Longer grass is also usually healthier and will help shade out weeds.
The hot, drier weather can cause your grass to become dehydrated. Avoid a thirsty garden by making sure you water your lawn after every cut, encouraging growth and recovery.
As grass growth begins to slow down in line with the change of season, you should cut back on your mowing… no pun intended.
Allowing your grass to grow during this time will help it to recover from wear and tear of the summer, while it can also allow it to gain some height for the winter period ahead.
Aerating the lawn during this period can also repair areas of grass that have been worn over the course of the summer.
Finally, treat your garden with a slow-release autumn fertiliser to keep your grass protected as temperatures drop and help your lawn endure the colder weather.
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