Lawns are a staple part of a British garden, they are easy to lay and require little skill to maintain. A lawn is an attractive open space that sets off colourful plants nicely. However, when a lawn isn’t looking its best it can make your garden look dull and unhealthy.
Lawns can become unattractive for a whole host of reasons. Neglect, pet urine, drought and improper care are just some of the reasons that your lawn may not be looking its best.
The good news is that your lawn can be rejuvenated and restored back to its former green glory but what’s important is keeping up maintenance to prevent it from happening again.
Essential lawn maintenance
Combat the problem as soon as possible; if your dog urinates on your lawn, try to hose the spot down straight after. This will stop the grass from being burnt by the urine. If the dog is kept away from the area long enough, time rain and watering will solve the problem.
Thatch, a build-up of grassroots and stems is one of the biggest problems when it comes to keeping your lawn healthy. Thatch will stop your grass from getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs to thrive. Rake your garden frequently to prevent thatch and the build-up of leaves.
Moss developing on your lawn is a sign of poor aeration; combat this by aerating your lawn frequently and using moss killer. Create a watering schedule will help to promote new growth, only water your lawn for 5-10 minutes at a time and try to water in the morning.
Use lawn fertiliser
You should fertilise your lawn at the start of spring for best results and apply weed killer if weeds are becoming an issue. Check your sprinkler has good coverage and no leaks before summer.
If you have to repair patches of grass make sure to cover new seedlings with grass clippings to protect them from animals and make sure you don’t stand on them.
Keep up with general maintenance like mowing. Make sure your mower head is sharp, dull blades tend to shred the grass leaving it susceptible to disease.
If you are looking for a lawn alternative why not use ground cover plants, paving or decking. In a shady garden, a lawn may not flourish but shade-loving ground cover plants will.
A deck or paving is a brilliant alternative to the lawn as it offers the same open space without the maintenance.
Now that you have all the information you need to rejuvenate your lawn, why not take a look at our range of bedding plants available on offer to compliment your lawn.