Whether you’re in the south east and sweltering in the summer, or you’re in the north and your lawn is drowning in December, or even if your garden has taken a beating from all the frost and snow, you can still make sure your grass keeps that healthy green lustre, simply by following a few tips.
“What tips?!” we hear you cry. “These tips!” we confidently reply!
Sort Your Water
Obviously, healthy grass needs a decent supply of water. If you’re going through a bit of a dry spell, then a watering can will do fine for a smaller lawn, but if yours is on the larger side, consider getting a sprinkler system.
If your garden is massive, look into subsurface drip irrigation – it’s more costly to set up but uses only a third of the water that a sprinkler would.
None of these things are particularly useful if there’s a hosepipe ban on, however, so that’s why we recommend purchasing a water butt. They’re cheap and cheerful, and will provide you with free, perfectly natural water, all year long.
Toil Your Soil
There are quite a few soil treatments out there, but we’ll cover just a few of them, otherwise we’d be here all week.
If water runs off of your soil when you wet it, try applying a wetting agent to it; this should stop the problem with ease. You will probably have to do this a few times each year, however.
The most effective way of improving a clay soil would be to carry out some hollow-tine aeration. This involves many hundreds of very small bits of soil being removed, and as such is not a job that hands can do. Hired aerators tend to be light duty, so we recommend getting the professionals in.
Fix up, Fertilize
Fertilizing should be done probably more than you might expect – roughly four times a year should do it. Instead of using the very same fertiliser over and over, buy a mix of organic and mineral ones, and use them in rotation. This should help your grass to fight off any diseases as well as keep that lovely green shade.
If you want the very best of results from your fertilizer, however, make sure you follow the above steps first; the soil won’t absorb the fertiliser very well unless it’s properly aerated and the water can flow well through it.
The best way to keep your lawn looking its best is to mow it regularly. Don’t leave it for 6 weeks, but don’t mow it too short either, or you could cause some serious damage.
Also, make sure to take care of your garden – get rid of most of the thatch, and trim the edges, and you’ll be making the rest of the neighbourhood green with envy!