Today looks like a good day to get on with cutting the lawn. My lawn used to look like an unkempt meadow, patchy with dandelion weeds, buttercups, and ribwort to name but a few weeds.Other European countries like France envy our expertise in growing the perfect English lawn. Lush and green with razor sharp cut edges and neatly clipped on top, the English lawn involves a lot of skills and some will say art.
I’m no expert at growing a perfect lawn however I have a few tips for the occasional gardener who is keen to get the green spruced up and ready for the forthcoming good days of barbecues and play in the garden.
Lawn care Tip no.1: patch it up
Spring time marks the beginning of the lawn growing season. Now is a good time to get started by removing carefully any weeds which may have creeped up in your lawn such as daisies or dandelion. Then carefully patch up the gap left with some ‘heavy duty’ type lawn seeds and water well to help with germination.
Lawn care Tip no.2: regular cuts
I carry out my first cut of the year with a lawn mower by having the blade at a higher ground level. Otherwise I may end up with a ‘mushy’ untidy lawn cut. Future lawn cuts will allow me to level out the effect.
You can use the grass cutting in the compost bin or incorporate some of it in the trenches where you plant your potato seeds (see more on growing potatoes).
Lawn care Tip no.3: scarify for good health
I recommend scarification as a good exercise (physical too) which is essential to remove the moss off the lawn. I also try to fork my lawn in spring in order to aerate it and encourage growth.
Lawn care Tip no.4: fertilize
Feed it at least twice a year: spring and summer. You can also find fertilizers with a combined moss killer component which can be very handy.
My final tip: when the weather gets hot leave that lawn alone!
It may look dry and unkempt but a little sprinkling of hose water will not do much good and represents a complete wastage of water. The lawn will come back to its former glory at the next rainfall.