A lush green lawn is a great asset to a home that many people aspire to. To maintain this look is not so difficult if you understand the conditions that grasses require yo remain healthy.
The grass in your lawn is in constant competition with weeds and battling the elements, in order to have a lush healthy lawn in tip top condition you should help the grass to achieve this by providing it with these basic requirements.
Firstly provide the grass with a well drained but moist, aerated soil rich in nutrients during the growing season and a sunny aspect. Then ensure to maintain this ideal situation the lawn requires regular watering. When you water you should water thoroughly so the soil is wet to a depth of about 150mm this encourages deep root growth which means the grass can last for longer periods between watering as the soil will dry from the top first. Only water again when the soil starts to dry out or the grass is suffering heat stress.
Mow the lawn regularly so that you cut about 25% – 30% of the length of the grass. This will mean a lot more mowing in the growing season and little to none in winter. Grass that is cut short will have short roots so will be more susceptible to drought so longer grass is better in summer. Grass in different from other plants in that it’s growth cells are in the base of the plants and other plants have their growth cells in their tips, this means after mowing the grass is immediately ready to grow but other weed plants are unable to grow for a while as they need to reform some tip cells first. Cylinder mowers will cut the grass with a scissor action which gives a clean cut and reduces fungal disease. Remove the clippings will also reduce disease as fungal disease thrives in the layer of thatch that builds up if clippings are left on the lawn. So mowing gives grass a huge advantage over other plants trying to grow in your lawn and reduces disease.
Fertilising with a good slow release organic fertiliser such as Organic Link at the start of spring, summer and autumn will give your lawn the food it needs to maintain health. Don’t fertilise in winter if the grass becomes dormant as it will be unable to use the fertiliser but the weeds will.
Aerate the lawn in early spring as this helps get more air in the soil so the roots can breathe as this something grass needs more so than most weeds. Aeration also provides a lose soil which is ideal for toot growth. If the lawn becomes compacted it may be aerated again but not later than early autumn as it needs time to recover before winter dormancy.
This may sound like a lot of work but if you follow these steps your lawn should be healthy enough to fight off weeds and disease with little or no spraying, prevention is better than cure and less poisonous chemicals involved. If you have any question please come in and ask our garden staff for advice so you can get your lawn ready for the start of spring.