I’m a little bit obsessed with fantastic lawns they just look perfect and feel great under your feet. Looking after the courtyard lawns at the Bell Plantation has helped me to develop a few simple, but effective tips for keeping your lawn looking fresh and healthy. Many people find it difficult and frustrating to keep their lawn looking perfect but by following these simple steps your lawn could be wowing your friends in a matter of weeks.

1. Mowing

Many people think that with mowing it’s the shorter the better. In fact, a well used lawn shouldn’t be cut shorter than an inch. Cutting at the correct height encourages healthier roots, helps conserve water during dry periods and ensures the grass plant remains healthy and discourages weeds.

2. The lawn mower

I feel that if you have a flat lawn with fine grass a cylinder is your best bet. Other than that a flymo will make the job much easier. My top tip… whatever sort you have make sure your mower blades are always sharp, the results will be miles better.

3. Watering

When its hot its best to water your lawn twice a day until there is sufficient moisture in the soil to help the grass recover. If you can water the lawn early in the morning or during the late part of the day and install a water butt to make sure your ok when the hosepipe ban comes.

4. Feeding

Feeding really helps turn a lawn from good to great, it gets rid of the weeds and supercharges you grass.
• For spring, apply a general balanced fertiliser like growmore
• In the summer, feed monthly with a high nitrogen fertiliser but do not use after August.
• In autumn, apply a general balanced fertiliser or one higher in potash to ‘harden off’ the grass before winter.

5. Aerating

Not many people do it but if you want perfect grass you really should aerate it. To increase aeration I use an ordinary garden fork, insert the tines vertically into the ground and push in as deeply as possible every 6inches across the whole lawn.

6. Scarification

Raking your lawn vigorously removes accumulated dead plant material that prevents the penetration of rain and encourages plant diseases and makes the lawn feel springy to walk over (great in bare feet). This is very important in the spring and can make a real difference to your lawn.

7. Trimming the Edges

So you have you lawn looking great the final piece of the jigsaw is to trim those edges. A pair of long-handles edge trimmers makes the job easier.

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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