Luscious leaf-free lawns
Right now, at a rate undetectable by eye, your garden grass growth is rocketing upwards towards the sun and grows around 4mm every day.
A luscious lawn makes for a lovely place to play garden games, sit back and soak up some rays or as a platform to view the night sky. So, buckle up, let’s look at how to keep every blade tip top this summer.
Clean and tidy
Giving garden grass a makeover means not only maintaining it but keeping it healthy all year round. Any lingering debris from winter can be cleared away as the weather warms up and your garden springs back to life. Start by raking up autumn leaves or blades of grass that didn’t survive the cold. If left, this decomposing green growth might smother new growth coming through. You can rake this up, without damaging the carpet of beautiful green growth underneath, simply by using a flexible spring-tine rake like Kent and Stowe’s ultimate leaf rake. With its plastic rake head for gentler use, it will return a tidy appearance back to turf and bustling borders alike. Or, grab an expanding leaf rake, ideal for those with little storage, as a handy lawn rake that can be folded down and stored away.
For a truly remarkable lawn experience, you’ll need to tackle garden weeds which pop up during growing season. One gardener’s weed-riddled lawn is another’s wonderful wildflower oasis, so not all weeds are bad, but if they begin to get out of control there are some simple ways you can take charge of the situation. Weeds often survive and spread through your mowing activities, so start by ridding unwanted weeds before you delve into your mowing routine over summer. Removing by hand is chemical-free but can be strenuous. Finding a weedkiller that works for you through diagnosing what’s growing first is key and then ask at your local garden centre to find the right weedkiller for the job. Some grass-growing clovers, like Trifolium dubium, may be resistant to certain products and getting advice is always best.
Moss may become a problem if your lawn in poorly drained and left damp. During spring, apply iron sulphate and leave the treatment for a few weeks until these patches die off. Light handed motions can be used to scarify the lawn free of undesired growth. Though, you may want to consider keeping some areas of the garden unkept, as moss can be a friend as well as a foe—it all depends on your desired end goal. If you decide to keep the moss where it is, a 12 square metre patch of moss can absorb as much carbon as 275 mature trees—not bad at all!
Don’t drive yourself mowing mad, just stick to a routine and your grass with get the regular trim it needs to stay healthy and strong. You can think of this much like going to the barbers or hairdressers to give your locks a new lease of life, well, grass works much the same. Left too long and it will get leggy, weak, and isn’t dense enough to look lush or supress weeds. Ideally, during the height of summer, you should be mowing it once to twice a week down to about an inch high for optimum vitality. And removing grass cuttings afterwards will keep your grass in full reach of the sun, to avoid patches. These cuttings can be added to your compost heap; just be sure you’ve got rid of all the weeds first!
An edging iron is a simple, yet effective way, to finish off the look. It will keep edges and borders neat and looking cared for by re-cutting them to the shape you want. Turn to Kent and Stowe’s edging shears to hand trim grass at the very edge of the lawn where the mower can’t reach, leaving you with an impeccably neat overall look. Aeration is also a great way to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots so grab a 4-prong aerator which will do wonders for any weary pastures—this helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger lawn and helps to alleviate soil compaction.
For grass growth to remain in full vigour, you’ll need to keep its energy up with feeds. Apply nitrogen-rich lawn fertilisers regularly to strengthen the grass, both in spring and into summer. Begin feeding in April when growth starts again with the arrival of settled, milder weather.
This is also a good time to over-seed any damaged areas left from winter. Buy grass seed at your local garden store and sow seeds at the recommended rate, exposing the soil first with a hand fork and then watering it in well. Over-seeding can be done on an annual basis to maintain a dense sward, so book it into your calendar to kick your lawn growing endeavours into full gear nice and early in the year.
For the most part, your lawn won’t need regular dousing in water. Even if the growth turns brown over summer it usually recovers during the wet season. So, save your watering for hanging baskets and containers which are prone to drying out quickly and let nature do the rest. Follow these steps and you’ll be one step closer to a gorgeous green lawn that you can make full use of all summer long.