Grass is pretty durable stuff. Animals can munch on it, lawn mowers can decimate it, the summer can starve it of moisture, the winter can cover it in frost...whatever the world throws at it, that grass just keeps on growing.
So you might wonder why people bother to put up those signs that say 'KEEP OFF THE GRASS'. Surely if grass can withstand the stress of weekly mowing sessions and suchlike, it's not going to be troubled by a few meagre footsteps, is it?
Well, no - if you've ever ignored a 'KEEP OFF THE GRASS' sign, you probably weren't snuffing out countless plant lives with every step you took.
But to say that walking on grass causes no problems whatsoever would be incorrect.
There's a lot to love about summer: the nice weather, longer days, visits to the beach. Barbecues.
But this season has its downsides, too - especially for lawn-proud homeowners. Summer means high temperatures and reduced rainfall, which may be bad news for your garden's lush green grass.
Yes, it's very common for grass to dry out during the summer months. If all that glorious sunshine has turned your lawn brown and you're noticing that the grass stays flat after you walk on it, this means that your lawn is low on moisture.
Dried-out grass in June
The good news it that a healthy, well-looked-after lawn should bounce right back to full health as soon as the autumn rain arrives.
In this blog post, we're going to answer two different questions:
- What should I do when my grass dries out in the summertime?
- How can I make sure my lawn is healthy enough to withstand extended periods of drought?
Grass is a plant, and like any plant, it takes in carbon dioxide (CO2) and produces oxygen. This is part of the process of photosynthesis, by which plants turn light energy into usable chemical energy.
But just how much oxygen does your garden lawn generate? Well, it depends on the size.
Dry, yellowing grass is usually a sign that your lawn is low on moisture. But what does it mean when this unsightly yellowness specifically appears after you mow the lawn?
A dry lawn with yellowing grass (image source: Wikimedia Commons)
If your grass turns yellow - or even white - within a few days of mowing, it's usually because you were cutting the grass when the weather was too dry for it.
If you want to make the best possible use of your back garden, it's worth getting to know your soil. While all soils may look alike to the untrained eye, there are actually several different types, and the quality of the soil in your garden can have a big impact on what kind of plants will flourish there.
What is a weed? Put simply, it's a plant that's not wanted. There's no formal definition of what counts as a weed - it's not like the RHS website has a handy list of which plants are weeds and which plants aren't. Some plants that are considered weeds in one environment may be considered desirable elsewhere.
Common characteristics of weeds include:
- Aggressive growth and reproduction
- Growing in a place other than its natural habitat
- Ability to flourish despite inhospitable conditions
- Seeds that can lay dormant in the soil for a long time
Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: hotter temperatures, longer days, and plenty of good times in the garden!
During the summertime, the grass in your back garden will enter a period of pronounced, rapid growth. It's important to put in a bit of work beforehand to make sure your lawn is able to take full advantage of the warmer weather!
Soil aeration is an important part of a long-term lawn care regime. Footfall and heavy rain causes soil to become compacted over time, and tightly-packed soil makes it difficult for moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
Aeration is a good way to combat this problem. By spiking small holes in your lawn, you loosen up the earth and make it easier for air and water to flow through the soil.
Lawn maintenance can be a chore - and it's a chore that many people simply don't bother with. Goodness knows how many perfectly lovely gardens have become unsightly and overgrown because their owners didn't look after them properly!
Of course, you don't necessarily have to do all the work yourself. Companies like Lawn & Weed Expert will do virtually everything for you: we can kill weeds, apply fertiliser, aerate the soil, clear away moss and thatch, and so forth, saving you a lot of time and hard graft.
But is that the only reason to hire a lawn care specialist - to save time? Or are there other benefits that you won't get if you attempt to tackle the lawn care checklist yourself?
Looking after your lawn takes a lot of hard work and diligence. If you want to keep your grass in tip-top condition all year round, you're going to need the help of a few essential tools.