Lawn Care

As Spring arrives, many of us will see very different lawns…from a football pitch, a scrap yard, or perhaps even a wildlife park! Too often all we see is a muddy patch with a little green or a soft mattress of moss, when in fact what we want to see is a beautiful lush green lawn. No matter how green-fingered we are, we all want top take pride in our lawns, and rightly so as they are the backbone of every garden helping to provide shape and contrast to flower borders. Here’s our top tips to give your lawn some well deserved TLC.

Lawn TLC

Give your lawn some love – all our lawns are subjected to all sorts of harsh conditions from weather to general wear and tear. In spring and autumn, its time to pamper our beloved grass to turn it back into a lawn.

For most of us the problems are either bare worn-out patches or thick springy moss. If treated correctly these problems can soon be rectified, giving us the lawn we dream about.

To achieve the best results, timing, preparation, application and aftercare are all essential. Although this sounds very complicated by following these simple steps it really is quite straightforward.

First up mow your lawn, this will give you access to the soil underneath so that your TLC can begin. Note: don’t be tempted to cut it if the soil is very wet. Be gentle with the first few cuts of the season, simply trim off the top third of growth with the mower blades adjusted to their highest setting.


Apply Lawn Treatment

First start by applying a lawncare product that will feed, weed and kill the moss in your lawn. This must be done evenly so as to avoid a patchy uneven result. On large lawns it’s strongly recommended to use a lawn spreader for the best results, or if treating a small area then liquid versions are available to simply water on. It’s important that the recommended amounts are followed and that these products are not applied shortly after or before mowing the grass. As a rule of thumb apply when the soil is moist or when rain is forecast. We would recommend a product such as Evergreen Complete 4-in-1 for this job.

After application allow the product to work for approximately a week. The results can be very alarming, especially if your lawn turns black. Don’t panic as it is the moss that is dead and not the grass. At this stage the lawn can now be raked or scarified to remove all the dead moss and any other thatch that is lying dead at the base of the grass. Because the moss is dead it is very easily removed. Many people make the mistake of applying the weed, feed and moss killer after scarifying the lawn, which just makes harder work.


Top-dress

Once removed, there may be bare patches that require re-seeding. Before this is done we recommend topdressing the lawn. Moss generally occurs in lawns because of poor drainage, and although the moss has been killed if the drainage is not improved then it will quickly grow back.

By applying a top dressing of two parts sharp sand, one part peat and one part loam we can improve the drainage around the base of the grass. If you don’t have these a The best method of applying this mixture is to broadcast it on to the lawn with a shovel, and settle it into the lawn by using a stiff yard brush.

A product like Evergreen Lawn dressing is perfect for this job.


Re-Seed

Now your soil is nutrient-fuelled, it’s time to identify and treat your bare patches. Where you have on your lawn, break up the surface with a fork or rake ready to be re-seeded. Take time to ensure that you select the right type of grass seed to suit your situation as there are many types available from ones for shady areas, those for hard wearing areas and even those that require little mowing.

A product like Gro-Sure Smart lawn seed is great to use as it can be applied to all areas on your lawn.

“Top tip: place the seed in the fridge for a week before sowing. As well as needing water to germinate, grass seed also reacts to temperature change, so this will rapidly increase the speed at which new growth appears”

When sowing the seed apply it thickly but do not cover with soil as this will cause it to rot. Hopefully the new grass will start to show within ten days.


Ariate

For badly waterlogged lawns it may also be necessary to aerate to improve the drainage. This can be done with a garden fork or a hollow tine aerator for maximum affect. For large lawns mechanical tools are available. Once complete again apply a top dressing to prevent the problem recurring – pure sand is good for this.

A product like Evergreen Lawn dressing is perfect for this job.


Hydrate

If the forecast isn’t showing rain for a few days you can gently water the lawn to keep the grass happy – every 10 days should be more than enough. If possible, any new grass (filled patches, new areas) should be left unused until the first mowing is necessary to prevent any damage or compression to the roots or grass themselves.