After spending a lot of time on the inside of our home, a few years ago, we were able to finally turn out attention to our garden. Since then, it has really come along. Now we are several years in, we have got into a good routine and maintaining the garden has become easier, each year. We now know what needs to be done when and have the right equipment for the task.
We have quite a large area of grass and have learned not to neglect it during the colder months. The autumn, winter and early spring provide you with the perfect opportunity to strengthen and nourish your grass. Here are a few tips for you to follow so that you can enjoy a lush, green lawn during the warmer weather.
Buy everything you will need in advance
You can easily buy everything you will need online, from somewhere like The Grass People. These specialist retailers sell everything from grass seed to turf, as well as weed killer, moss treatments and fertilisers. Ordering everything you need from one place will save you time and,often, money as well.
It is a good idea to have everything you need ready and waiting. When you do you will be able to take advantage of a warm morning to get one of the jobs done without having to slip out to the garden centre first.
Don’t mow after the first frost
In the winter, grass can still grow. But, does so much more slowly, which is great because it means you do not need to get the lawnmower out as often. In fact, after you have had your first frost you should not cut it at all. At that point, your grass is likely to enter a fully dormant mode. If you cut it, you will stress and damage it.
Don’t walk on your lawn too much
If possible, stay off of your grass, during the colder months. Because the grass is not growing, you can easily end up creating bald patches.
Do keep on top of the weeds
However, you should still weed your lawn. The fact that the weeds are growing so slowly presents you with a great chance to significantly reduce the weed population.
Do feed your lawn
Feeding your lawn once in September and again in October or November will greatly improve its condition. The first dose nutrients will immediately get taken up by the roots. But, the second application will gradually seep deep into your soil. It will reach the deeper roots and be readily available for your grass to use when it starts growing again, in the spring.
Don’t re-seed your lawn in the colder months
Resist the temptation to try to fill in any bald patches using grass seed, when it is cold. Most of the seeds will not germinate. The few that do will be killed off.
So, there you have it, a few simple lawn care dos and don’ts. Provided you follow them you will have laid the foundations for a lovely green lawn.
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