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Preparing your lawn for summer

Is your lawn ready for summer?

Summer will sneak up on us before we realise and before the paddling pools and BBQs are dusted down and put outside, it's important to get your lawn cared for and looking its best.

Our team of gardening experts have put together the following top tips on making sure your garden is treated well before summer arrives...

Lawn preparation top tips:

  • Begin mowing and edging your lawn regularly
  • Dig out weeds, such as daisies and dandelions
  • Apply a combined weed, feed and moss killer
  • Remove moss by covering with a good lawn sand brand and raking up a fortnight later
  • Feed with a liquid or granular lawn fertiliser, preferably when the soil is moist or rain is expected

Although those are all important tips, arguably the most important part of lawn care to get right is the mowing and cutting. We've put together a quick guide on how to master the mowing of your lawn in spring and summer.

Our guide to mowing your lawn

Mid-spring is often considered as the best time for beginning your lawn care. As well as applying fertiliser and weed killer to your grass, it is also the perfect time to begin a regular mowing routine.

When you are ready for the first cut, be careful not to cut the lawn too short at this stage. Set your blades at one of their longer settings so that the blades are no shorter than about 2.5cm (1inch). This will allow you to take the top off the grass and collect up any debris that is lying around.

Once the lawn has been trimmed for the first time you can begin the lawn management stgae. Use an effective weed killer to overcome any tricky weeds and dig any persistent ones out using a narrow trowel. You can then nourish and feed the lawn using organic fertilisers, top soils and conditioners. This will give your garden the best chance of flourishing by the time summer comes around.

Once you have carried out the necessary weed and feed, you can begin cutting your grass weekly with shorter blades. Gradually reduce the height of the cut until the desired length of lawn is achieved. We would always recommend that when lowering the blades you should try on a test area of the lawn first.

When cutting your grass during the spring you can leave the clippings behind on the lawn. As they decompose they can leave vital nutrients onto your lawn. It is advisable to remove the clippings from the lawn at the beginning and end of the growing season when decomposition is slow.

Essential products

At Creative Garden Ideas we have a number of effective products to help you keep your lawn treated and looking its best, including: