Having a lawn that looks fit for being on Centre Court at Wimbledon is a yearning of most who take pride in their gardens. Although with all the elements the weather springs up on us, the mayhem insects cause and other aspects that are seemingly out of our control, maintaining a beautiful looking lawn is often easier said than done.
There is however certain steps we can take to help us in our quest in a lawn that is fit for Centre Court at Wimbledon.
Mow your lawn regularly
You will be closer to achieving an emerald green lawn if you manage to mow your lawn regularly. Frequently cutting grass forces it to not only grow thicker, but to also keep the weeds out, which will go a long way in improving the overall appearance of the grass.
Keep your lawnmower’s blades sharp
If you are mowing your lawn with blunt blades it is likely to do more harm than good. Instead of slicing the grass, blunt blades tear it, which effectively stresses the grass and making the lawn more vulnerable to disease.
In fact sharp blades are vital for maintaining a health lawn.
Don’t overdo the fertiliser
Showering you lawn with fertiliser every other day will promote the fast growth of grass, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Not only will using too much fertiliser mean that you have to mow your lawn more often than is necessary in order to keep up with the regrowth, but it can also ‘overkill’ insects and algae, which of course provide valuable nutrients in the ground.
Natural or organic fertilisers are much better for the environment, as well as your lawn. Organic fertilisers work much more slowly than conventional fertilisers due to the fact that they require heat and water in order to break down so that the grass can absorb them. Although even with organic fertilisers it is important to remember not to overdo it.
Water deeply and less often
Instead of giving your lawn a quick shower of water every day, it will be much more beneficial if you water the grass deeply less often.
Watering a lawn every day builds up the amount of thatch that grows on the lawn, which is an unsightly moss-like mesh of roots, soil and grass. It also encourages the growth of shallow roots, not to mention wastes a lot of water.
By comparison, deep watering a lawn will promote the growth of deep roots and create a much healthier and aesthetically pleasing lawn.
Gardener Bruce Green turned to turfland.co.uk to supply turf and other materials for his garden after failing to grow his own lawn to a high enough standard.
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