During these summer months we all want to make the most of our lawns. From entertaining family and friends with a barbecue, to simply relaxing, the lawn is often the location for much of the summer’s activity. With all this extra activity, our lawns can begin to look a little the worse for wear by the autumn. However, with a few preparations and some helpful tips, your lawn can retain a healthy look all summer long.
Weeds and moss
One of the most common problems with otherwise perfectly healthy lawns is the presence of buttercups, daisies and moss. All of us at one time or other have tried in vain to up root these blemishes, only to find that they grow back in no time. There are some excellent lawn weed killers available at most garden centres, which kill off broad leafed weeds, but leave the grass untouched. For best results, do not cut your lawn for two or three days, then apply the weed killer on a dry day. It is also important that you do not use grass cuttings from your lawn, for composting or mulching, for a couple of weeks after having applied the weed killer because some of the chemicals may still be in the grass.
Aeration or spiking, is important for maintaining your garden’s condition. Use a garden fork to spike holes into your lawn at regular spaces to improve drainage. Aeration also improves air flow and makes it easier for nutrients to get to the roots.
Brown patches on your lawn can be caused by many things. One of the major causes, believe it or not, are pet dogs, who enjoy a little dig when no one is looking. But, if you’ve being watching your canine friend, or if you do not own a dog, there are other explanations. Flying Daddy Long Legs often lay their eggs in lawns and their young feed off the roots until they are fully developed. This action can lead to small brown patches developing on your lawn. In a similar fashion, mowing your lawn too closely can cause patches. If your lawn is uneven, mowing too short could lead to your blade taking the top off grass located on slightly higher ground.
After applying weed killer or insecticide, patches can be covered by the use of a high nitrogen fertiliser, loam or sharp sand. Lawn feed would also improve the general condition of your lawn. Regular mowing and watering are also important to remember in maintaining your lawn this summer .
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Late summer colourLast modified: June 10, 2021