As a nation we are very good at treating ourselves and our beloved pets. A new pair of shoes, a night out, a frilly jacket for our four legged friends which they will definitely wear….. But what about our lawns?
Over the Summer months your lawn will require a little extra TLC and this is where we can help! In this article we will discuss the top 3 tips we have for lawn care this Summer.
Make It Rain!
Over the hot Summer months drought can occur which can cause your lawn to look a bit sad! Gone is the lush green we are so proud of, and we are instead faced with a rather sorrowful brown sward.
A well established lawn will have the colour return to it once the rain arrives. Whilst grey skies and drizzle aren’t great for our serotonin levels, it is much appreciated by our lawns!
However, freshly laid turf will need to be kept well watered to give it the best chance of rooting successfully.
So when is the best time to water our lawn? When it comes to effective lawn care, prevention is much easier to deal with as opposed to a cure when it comes to lawns, so try to water your lawn at the first signs of drought. Always water your lawn in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Watering in the middle of the day at the hottest part can cause your lawn to be scolded.
Hungry, Hungry Lawn!
When thinking about fertilising, think of the 6 P’s – Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! Try to fertilise your lawn in late Spring as this should provide enough nutrients to feed your lawn until Autumn.
However, if your grass has lost its fresh look you can repeat the application of fertiliser to help zhuzh it back up!
During periods of drought do not fertilise your lawn as it can scorch the grass. The best time to apply fertiliser is when the soil is moist or when rain is forecast.
I Came, I Mowed, I Kicked Grass!
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken! Sadly, this isn’t the case if we want our gardens to look their best, as mowing the lawn is an integral part of our lawn care routine.
The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) https://www.rhs.org.uk/lawns/spring-summer-care
recommends that as the temperatures rise, your mowing schedule should increase as well, cutting it twice a week to keep it looking healthy and well kept.
It is also important to not cut your lawn too short as the soil will no longer be shaded by the blades of grass. Longer blades of grass will protect the soil from the sun’s harsh rays and help slow down the loss of moisture. A general rule of thumb is to remove no more than a third of leaf shoots in one go.
When it comes to lawn care, much like watering and fertilising, avoid mowing your lawn in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its peak. This is because it is already having to try to deal with extreme heat and drought so we want to try and avoid as much stress as possible.
Lawn Care – A “Summery”:
Wet it, feed it, cut it!
If watering doesn’t seem to bring your verdant swarth back to its emerald lustre, then perhaps it is time to consider fertiliser. We sell a range of fertilisers and other lawn care products.
Let the good times and grass roll 😎