The green, green grass of home… A beautiful lawn is one of the most desired features in gardens all around the world. Here are five useful tips to help you in your hunt for the perfect lawn.
The outdoor season has truly begun and it’s time to enjoy that beautiful lawn of yours. A lawn that will be the pride and joy of the neighbourhood and stay lush and green if cared for properly. To help you with this we’ve assembled a list of important things to have in mind:
Regular cutting of the lawn is important because it thickens the grass, little and often is better than all in one go. Switch directions and patterns each time you mow, so that the grass straws aren’t pushed in the same direction every time. For each cut, the rule of thumb is to shorten the stem by around half to two-thirds to approximately 5 centimetres. In the middle of the summer, you might want to keep the grass a little longer, as it withstands periods of draught better.
Cutting the grass removes nutrients from the grass, nutrients that have to be replaced in order to achieve maximum growth. So, from the beginning of spring, you should fertilise the lawn every four or five weeks. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous are necessary and mixes of special lawn fertilisers are readily available at your local garden retailer. How much to use is carefully indicated on the packages.
If you want a lawn that is lush and green all summer, watering is important. How often you need to water your lawn depends on temperature and humidity. When the grass needs water, it will begin to take on a blue-grey tint, and the older leaf blades on the plant will begin to curl up or wilt. If you have planted a new lawn, you will usually need to water once a day so the seeds can germinate and a good solid root system can form.
Nowadays watering of the lawn can be achieved with minimum of hassle; you can water your garden by hand, partially or fully automatically. GARDENA’s product range comprises of mobile and stationary watering solutions as well as pumps and watering controls. If you prefer, computer controlled, intelligent, automated systems and sprinklers can take care of the work and all you have to think about is programming and placement of the sprinklers.
4. Weed Control
With persistence and the right techniques the battle against weeds in your lawn might actually be won. Most weeds can be removed using mechanical means. Smaller weeds, such as veronicas or white clover, should be removed with a manual scarifier, used often in order to disturb them and prevent growth. Daisies and dandelions should be removed with a root weeder and it’s particularly important to get as much of the root as possible in order to prevent the regrowth. If you are– against all odds – overcome, you will need to consider herbicides. In a scenario where the weeds have overcome the grass, the re-structuring of the entire soil and covering it with rolled turf is the best solution.
5. Scarifying and aerification
The grass roots need air in order to be able to breathe and grow. The soil of a lawn is often not sandy enough for the roots to get enough air resulting in stunted growth. With the help of a simple digging fork you can stamp holes into the lawn and fill them with coarse sand. This allows water from the surface to flow away and also provides the roots with oxygen. In order to clear away dead roots and other debris you might want to scarify your lawn. By removing the lawn thatch you provide more breathing space for the lower parts of the grass and help the stems grow.