Now that summer’s on the way, it’s the ideal time to spruce up your lawn! Get busy in the garden raking up any debris leftover from winter, mowing the grass, and fertilizing and conditioning your lawn to keep the weeds at bay, and create a lush, green carpet of grass to provide the perfect canvas for summer picnics and sunbathing.
1. Raking the Lawn
Use your rake to clear up any debris leftover from winter. This could be fallen leaves, tree limbs, or trash. Raking the grass also helps to clear dead grass and thatch, which prevent drainage, and discourage the growth of new grass shoots. Finally, raking helps to raise grass and weeds, giving you a fuller looking lawn, and making weeds easier to clear.
2. Fertilize your lawn
It is often rewarding to add a fertilizer to your lawn before summer which will aid it during the time of rigorous growth in summer. Products like Pro-Grow Lawn Conditioner have been developed to provide nutrients vital to the growth and health of your lawn, improve fertility, lawn structure, and increase body and moisture retention.
3. Mowing the Lawn
In spring, try to mow your lawn around once a week. You may need to increase this to twice a week in summer. Avoid cutting the grass too short, as this could remove nutrients from the grass leaf, and expose the soil to sunlight, which could encourage weeds to grow. Regular mowing will also help prevent yellowing.
4. Recycle your Grass Clippings
Contrary to popular belief, it’s more useful to put your grass cuttings back on the lawn than to remove them completely. Grass cuttings decompose rapidly, and will return both nutrients and moisture to the lawn as they do so.
5. Control weeds
Weeds are encouraged by mowing the lawn too short or too little, over fertilizing, over, or under watering. Aerating the lawn will help the grass to grow better, and will help discourage weeds. Broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, thistle, and plantain can be pulled out by hand, or with the aid of a hand fork. The whole plant must be removed from the ground to avoid regrowth.
If many weeds are growing you may wish to use a weedkiller. Be sure to properly follow the instructions on weedkiller and choose an easy to use format like a spray. Ensure that the product you are using will not be damaging to your lawn. As newer lawns (under 6 months old) can be damaged by weedkillers, products have been developed for killing weeds in new grass.
How do you prepare your lawn for summer?