Cuts - Not Too Short!One of
the absolute essentials is not to cut your grass too short: we tend to do this
a lot in the UK and all you do is end up with a brown lawn. Do cut it
regularly, though. Invest in a good mower with a wide range of adjustable
heights that will allow you to get the length of your grass just right.
it BreatheIn the spring and
autumn, aerate your lawn. You can buy an aerator or use a garden folk – stick
it in the soil give it a wiggle. (Do this 6 times per square meter) Aeration
releases the compaction in the soil which allows water and nutrients to reach
the roots of the grass.
it CleanOnce again in spring
and autumn, scarify your lawn with either a special machine you can hire or a
spring-tined rake. You will be scraping away the dead grass and moss- the
“thatch” and it is hard work! You will need to be vigorous about it. Again with
all that debris out of the way you are LETTING THE LAWN BREATH AGAIN.
the GrassI am a huge fan of
organic liquid grass feed. You can use pellet fertilizer but if it does not
rain after you have applied the chemicals it can damage the lawn. (Scorching) I
always tend to use half the recommended dose and that way you get a green lawn without
it growing excessively.
it SimpleHave a lawn that is
actually the right size for you. As many of us get older and wealthier we tend
to have bigger and bigger lawns that eventually become a millstone and spoil
our enjoyment of them. A more modest size lawn does not require as much time
and work and you can use the extra space for the beauty of a flower garden.