A Guide To Summer Lawn Care | Love The Garden

Summer Lawn Care

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By Vicky Page, Garden Expert
Sitting on a Chair in a Summer Garden

We all love a nice, hot, sunny day lying out in our garden or entertaining friends and family with a summer BBQ. It’s fair to say that relaxing on a lush green lawn makes the whole experience even more pleasurable. But for a lawn this can be the most stressful time of the year. So what can we do to help our lawn look its best?

Watering

The most important thing we can do is give it a much-deserved drink. Water at times when the moisture is likely to soak in rather than evaporate, early morning or late evening is the best. Try to avoid giving your lawn a light sprinkling every day, as this can cause the roots to grow shallow and be prone to drying out. When it’s dry, a good soaking once or twice a week is much more beneficial for your lawn.

It’s worth noting that a well fed and maintained lawn will have a stronger and deeper root system, enabling it to withstand and recover from long dry periods. Why not feed and water your lawn at the same time? Hose end feeders can help you apply a feed as you water, alternatively, soluble feeds can be applied via a watering can.

Mowing

Try to mow your lawn at least once a week, keeping the height of the grass to about 1 inch. Ensure all clippings are collected and composted, but avoid cutting too short as this will encourage weeds and moss to enter your lawn. In really hot, dry weather your lawn will become stressed and it is advisable to reduce the amount of mowing, and allow your grass to grow longer.

Lawn weeds

Should weeds and moss be a problem for your lawn then a quick application of a suitable triple -action lawn care product will eradicate that problem. If weeds are the main problem for your lawn then apply a selective lawn weedkiller, specially formulated to target your lawn weeds without harming the grass.

Dandelion and clover in a lawn

Feeding

Warm weather will encourage your lawn to grow rapidly and use up the nutrients in your soil. Give your lawn a helping hand by providing it with some valuable feeding to keep it looking its best. For a fast green up use a liquid lawn feed, perfect for last minute feeding prior to having friends and family round. For larger areas applying a granular fertiliser, using a lawn spreader will speed up the process and give you better, even results. During dry conditions, these products will need to be watered in to activate the feed.

Seeding and repairing

The optimum time for seeding and repairing your lawn is spring and early autumn, however, if you’re prepared to water diligently it can still be done successfully in summer.

You can repair unsightly patches of dead dried grass using patching products. Or, where dogs have caused the bare areas, repair the damage with specially formulated repair packs suitable for use where dog urine has scorched the grass.

Did you know?

Studies show that green spaces lower blood pressure, improve attention and reduce fear and anger. Children who spent more time in green play areas show reduced ADHD symptoms and have less weight gain. So keeping your lawn looking its best has benefits for everyone!

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