Guide: Summer Lawn TipsHow to transform the grass in your garden into a lush carpet of green this summer...
GROW A GREAT LAWN
WITH WEBBS GARDEN CENTRE
Take a few tips from our experts to transform your grass into a beautiful, lush carpet of green this summer. Just a few hours spent tending your turf with the right garden tools will really pay dividends, giving you a lush lawn to make the neighbours green with envy.
As soon as the spring days start to warm up after winter, temperatures of 5C (41F) and above, your grass will start to grow again. That’s the time to mow it with blades on their highest setting - on your first cut of the year you only need to trim the tops off the grass blades. Then rake over your lawn using a spring-tined rake to remove any moss and debris that’s accumulated over winter.
Aerate the lawn with a garden fork
LAWN REPAIR AND AERATING
Revitalise the grass by pushing a fork or hollow lawn aerator into the ground at regular intervals to open up the soil. This allows more air to reach the roots and encourages stronger growth, as well as reducing moss. If you have a large lawn consider hiring a mechanical aerator. You can then fill the holes with a special lawn top dressing, such as Westland lawn and turf dressing.
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WEED AND FEED YOUR LAWN
In March or April, just after it's rained when the soil is moist, or when rain is forecast, apply a spring lawn fertiliser. Follow the instructions carefully, taking care not to overfeed or the grass may turn yellow. A combined moss and weed killer and fertiliser is ideal as it also helps retain moisture.
Provide a neat border with decorative edging
LAWN MOWING AND TRIMMING
When you start mowing again in spring, keep the grass longer than normal, and gradually reduce the height of the blades as the weather improves. It's tempting to cut short immediately but our experts recommend a patient and gradual approach. You can also leave the grass a little longer throughout summer, which will help it withstand periods of drought. Mow in one direction at 90 degrees to the first mow. To achieve crisp stripes, you’ll need a mower with a rear roller and a good eye! Line up the mower to an edge if you have a square or rectangular lawn, or lay out a tape measure at the widest point of a circular lawn. Finally, trim the edges with sharp shears.
PATCHING UP WITH GRASS SEED
Bald patches in lawns may be unsightly but are easily repaired with lawn and grass seed. Simply rake over the soil, remove any dead grass, sprinkle the seed & feed mixture over the patch, then water.