If you're a new homeowner - or if you just want greener grass in your garden - let our lawn care experts show you the ropes!
Lawn maintenance can be tiring, time-consuming work. When you buy your first house, you may well yourself in the position of having to look after a lawn for the first time in your life - just one of the many joys of getting a foot on the property ladder!
But don't be daunted. Once you've managed to establish a regular lawn care routine, you'll be surprised by how easy - and even enjoyable! - this task it can be.
To help you get started, here are 8 tips from the lawn care specialists here at Lawn & Weed Expert:
- Mow your lawn frequently.
- Water your grass during dry periods.
- Feed your lawn - but don't overfeed it!
- Deal with weeds promptly.
- Don't let your pets ruin your lawn.
- Watch out for signs of disease.
- Aerate your lawn occasionally.
- Ensure your lawn has good drainage.
Ready? Let's dive in...
1. Mow your lawn frequently.
We recommend mowing your lawn once a week (twice in the summer). Make sure your mower has nice, sharp blades, and never cut off more than a third of your grass's height in a single mowing session. Read our Lawn Mowing Tips for more information.
2. Water your grass during dry periods.
If your property is seeing regular rain, it may not be necessary to water the grass yourself. However, your lawn will begin to exhibit signs of stress after roughly a week without moisture, so water your lawn heavily once or twice a week during low-rainfall periods. For further advice, see our Lawn Watering Tips.
3. Feed your lawn - but don't overfeed it!
You can use lawn fertiliser to make sure your grass is getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Wait until your lawn is dry, and bear in mind that more fertiliser doesn't mean better results. Apply sparingly to prevent lawn fertiliser burn!
4. Deal with weeds promptly.
Weeds are unsightly, and they compete with your grass for sunlight, moisture and nutrients. To give your garden the best chance of staying green and unspoiled, be sure to tackle any weeds ASAP! Read our list of common UK garden weeds to watch out for.
5. Don't let your pets ruin your lawn.
We all love cats and dogs, but animals (and their urine) can be a nightmare if you're trying to protect your lawn. If possible, try to encourage your pet to stay off the grass, or keep them confined to a small part of it so that the rest of your lawn will be safe. Our blog on How to Stop Your Dog Digging in the Garden has some more tips that may prove useful.
6. Watch out for signs of disease.
Lawn diseases such as red thread can be the ruin of your once-verdant lawn. Be vigilant - watch your grass for signs of ill health, and contact a lawn care specialist if you notice anything unusual. Keep an eye out for lawn pests as well!
7. Aerate your lawn occasionally.
Over time, your garden soil will become compacted by rainfall and foot traffic. Aeration is a good solution to this problem - this involves spiking holes your lawn to loosen the soil and facilitate the flow of air and moisture. We recommend aerating your lawn every two or three years, ideally in the autumn.
8. Ensure your lawn has good drainage.
If your lawn becomes waterlogged after rainfall, this is a sign of poor drainage. Aeration (see above) can improve your lawn's drainage, but in severely flood-prone gardens, it may be necessary to dig a drainage system to make sure the excess water has a way to leave your lawn.
Lawn care can be tough for beginners, but don't worry - we're here to help! Lawn & Weed Expert have been looking after lawns in South Wales for more than 20 years, and we offer a comprehensive range of services to keep your grass green and healthy.
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