Lawn care questions

If you're thinking of paying someone to take care of your lawn, it's wise to ask a few questions before you part with any cash. There are quite a lot of cowboys in this industry, and you don't want to put your lawn's health in the hands of just anybody.

Fortunately, it's fairly easy to find out whether or not your lawn care specialist genuinely knows their stuff. Before you hire a lawn care company, ask them the following questions...

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Walking on grass

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.

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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

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?

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Lawn grass

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.

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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.

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