How to: Maintain a lawn

Lawns are usually at the heart of a garden – a place for us to enjoy garden games, paddling pools and sunbathing. They often act as a path too, meaning they get worn and downtrodden during busy times of the year. Of course, lots of lawns aren’t perfect, with bald patches, brown bits, messy edges and weeds detracting from the overall look. In fact, there’s no denying that a quality lawn takes a bit of effort – it shouldn’t be a chore though, and if you keep on top of these simple tasks you’ll have it sorted in no time.  

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How to maintain a lawn:

1. Repair patchy bits
Get rid of bald patches by sowing new grass seed. Scratch up the earth, rake until it’s crumbly and then sow seed according to the packet instructions. Water the area well and don’t walk on it for several weeks. For the best results choose grass seed suited to your growing conditions (shade etc).

2. Get rid of moss
Use a spring-tine rake to remove moss from your lawn (called scarifying). It’s hard work but it stops the moss smothering the grass, giving it a chance to grow. Only scarify in spring otherwise you can cause lasting damage. 

3. Spruce up your edges
Neaten up the overall look of your lawn by redefining the edges. Use a half-moon edging iron to cut the turf, making sure there’s a clear divide between border and lawn. This will instantly make your whole garden look tidier.

4. Banish weeds
There are two ways to get rid of weeds: by hand, using a traditional daisy grubber, or by using a chemical treatment. Chemicals take away the effort, although make sure you follow the packet instructions to the letter to avoid over-treating and unnecessary damage.

5. Improve drainage
Plunge a fork into the ground all over your lawn (called aerating). Go as deep as possible every 30cm or so, and this will help with drainage and encourage grass root growth for a generally more healthy lawn.

6. Mow regularly
You should mow little and often during the growing season to avoid the task becoming a chore. Keep your mower blades high for the first few cuts, lowering them as the weather improves. Don’t cut in hot conditions.

7. Give it a shape
If you fancy a change, consider reshaping your lawn entirely. Creating a perfect circle, or a new dynamic shape, can transform a garden and provide new planting areas. Enhance it with a permanent brick edge.

8. Boost with a feed
Lawn feeds encourage grass to ‘green up’ and generally look healthy. Once you start feeding lawns they become dependent on it, so it’s important you don’t stop. Get into a weekly routine during the main growing season and you’ll be fine. Don’t over-feed as this can cause scorching.

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