How does your lawn look? Are you green with envy at your neighbour’s lush green lawn? Are you yearning for greener grass and instead looking at a muddy straw-filled field? Do you want to know how you to maintain a buoyant green thick healthy lawn this summer?
If the answer is yes, the following six tips are here to help.
The most significant thing you can do to help achieve a greener lawn is to follow the one-third rule when cutting your grass. Be careful not to remove more than a third of the grass blade when mowing your lawn and avoid cutting your grass too short.
This is important because cutting grass any shorter will expose the grass root to sunlight, leading to burnt, dried-out grass. Longer grass will not only protect the roots of your grass, but will also be more able to trap moisture and develop a deeper root system. Which will result in stronger, greener, healthier grass.
To keep your grass healthy, make sure that your mower blades are as sharp as possible. Sharp blades will not only cut your grass more cleanly and effectively, but will also help your grass recover faster from mowing.
For this reason, real mowers are often a better choice for healthier grass, rather than rotary mowers, because they cut grass like a pair of scissors, instead of tearing through it.
Water is critical to healthy green grass, with most lawns needing at least one inch to remain green. Focus on deep rather than shallow lawn watering, aiming for a ratio of 1 inch of water to 12 inches of soil, as this will help to encourage the growth of deeper roots.
Also, be sure to check that your irrigation system is working correctly and distributing water evenly, adjusting the amount or distance of your lawn sprinkler heads as needed.
Soil compaction is not good news for your lawn. Not only will it result in problems with air circulation and water drainage but it will also prevent essential soil organisation such as earthworms, which is detrimental to green, healthy grass.
To help relieve the effects of soil compacting, it is a good idea to regularly rake any heavily worn areas of your lawn. It’s also advisable to annually aerate your lawn.
Lawn aeration is a simple process that involves punching 3-inch deep holes directly into your lawn using either a handheld aerate tool or a larger aerating machine that you can hire. Not only will aeration and raking improve air circulation and soil drainage but it will also encourage microorganisms to grow, helping to encourage healthier, green grass.
Healthy soil is key to strong, green grass. If your soil lacks nutrients, your lawn may look yellow and dry, in which case you may need to use fertiliser to remedy it. Fungal disease is more serious and will need to be treated by a professional. Look out for signs of brown spots and check your lawn for brown circles or dry areas.
Feeding your grass is the quickest way to achieve a greener lawn. Once your grass is growing, use a high-nitrogen lawn fertiliser to feed it in mid-April and summer. Ideally do this before a rainfall is due, so that the fertiliser will be washed down into the roots.
If this is not possible, water the grass after it has been fed. If your lawn is affected by fungus problems however, do not feed your grass until this is resolved.
Follow these six easy steps and enjoy a summer with green, thick, lush, healthy grass.
For more information on how to make your garden look beautiful, get in touch with Minister Paving by calling 01865 300252 or contact us online.