Lawn Care is an important part of your gardening routine. Depending on what type of grass you have will depend on how much time it takes to care for it, and will also determine how you care for it.
Using the incorrect fertilizers, Lawn Mowers, or week killer, can cause serious damage and often kill parts if not all of your lawn.
One of the first steps to a healthy lawn is to aerate it. This involves using a garden fork for a small lawn and digging it halfway in to allow oxygen to the roots, and the rain to penetrate the soil. If you have a large lawn, then hiring an aerator from a garden centre is the best option. Then use a rake and perform scarification, which removes any moss or dead lawn and allow the new grass to grow through.
The next step is to check the soils acidity to make sure it is not too high. Purchase a pH kit from your local garden centre, and if it is between 6.5 and 7, then it is fine. If it is below 6 you may need to add an alkaline mixture such as garden lime or dolomite. This should balance the pH and help your lawn thrive.
When mowing your lawn it is important to choose an appropriate Lawn Mower that suits the level and type of grass. Roller mowers are the best as they tend to ride over bumps in the grass thus not creating dirt patches where the grass has been shaved too close to the ground. If you have a small garden then you may only need a smaller cordless electric mower or you could even buy the latest technology and get a robotic mower.
New lawns and turf require a substantial amount of care early on, such as plenty of watering and feeding. Try not to walk or play on the turf until the roots have started to take into the soil below. When laying new lawn, also try to make a level area in order to make Lawn Care much easier later on.
Adding sand or fine soil to the top of the lawn can help fill in holes or level it out. It may also help with retaining water and controlling the acidity of the soil.
Finally to complete your Lawn Care program, spread a lawn fertilizer across the entire lawn to help it’ recover from the previous steps, and if needed a weed killer to stop the spread of weeds. Be careful when choosing a week killer, as some of them burn the grass and can cause more damage.
To maintain a green initiative, use all of the cutting and rakings and place them in a Compost bin to use later on the garden.
Now take a deep breath and in about a week’s time mow the lawn and enjoy.