3 Lawn Care Tips Every Garden Owner Needs To Know
One of the most important aspects that contributes to the overall appearance of your garden, is whether or not you have a well looked after lawn. Your lawn is a huge visual point, and likely the centerpiece of your garden.
Now that spring has finally started to make an appearance, the time has come to make sure your lawn is looking its best for the summer months so that you can enjoy spending time in your garden and entertaining friends and family for barbeques and garden parties (or even just sunbathing).
If you’re new to lawn maintenance it can be difficult to know where you should start, so we thought we’d give you a bit of a hand and spell out some of the basic lawn care tips that you need to know about to get started.
Learn how to mow your grass properly
If you’ve never mown a lawn yourself, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s as simple as just plugging in your mower and running it across your lawn, but there is actually a fair bit more to this quite basic task than you may think.
If you simply go ahead and mow your lawn without taking into account things such as whether it is wet or dry, the season, the time of day, and the type of grass, you could end up doing the lawn more harm than good. It’s also important to make sure your lawn mower blades are set at the right height.
If this all sounds a little overwhelming, this post from the Spruce offers a nice detailed rundown of the ins and outs of mowing your lawn.
Don’t skip the raking
A vital part of lawn maintenance that you should make sure you see to early in the springtime is raking your lawn, as it is vital for more reasons than simply removing dead leaves in the winter.
Raking actually helps to control the build-up of thatch, which basically means a dead layer of grass which lies between the new grass and the roots and soil, which can actually block the new grass from getting enough water and nutrients from the soil.
Thatch that exceeds ½ inch can lead to moss, insect infestations and disease, so raking it away as early as possible in the springtime will help your lawn look its best for the summer time. If you’re unsure about the best way to rake your lawn, we found this guide from Lawn Smith really helpful.
Use the right equipment and products
We spoke to Blaupunkt Tools who told us “one of the easiest mistakes people make is using the wrong equipment or fertilizers for their lawn.
Your lawn is like any other plant you’ve ever looked after in that it needs a carefully balanced ecosystem to thrive, so be careful to not just use any old fertilizer. You’ll need a specific spring/summer feed to avoid disease and weed issues.
Similarly, make sure that your lawn equipment is well maintained and you choose your lawnmower carefully to make sure you’re getting the right cut.”