The centrepiece of many a beautiful garden is a beautiful lawn. At a bare minimum, you probably mow the lawn regularly to keep it looking great. At the same time, you may well feel that there is more you could do to enable it to reach its potential truly. The good news is that you can, and while keeping it trimmed is always a fantastic idea, there are a few other steps to take if you want your lawn to shine truly. Below, we cover the top tips and tricks to ensure that your lawn is not just a centrepiece, but something to be truly proud of.
1. Regular Mowing Does Make a Difference
Your lawn never looks better than when it is freshly mowed – assuming you don’t leave grass cuttings all over the place! Regular mowing does not just make the lawn look good, but it makes it healthier too. Indeed, we consider this as the best tip of all, so if you only take a single cue from this feature, make sure your mower of choice is ready to go. A regular cut leads to the same kind of results as a haircut but for your garden – the grass will not struggle under its own weight, and it will grow back thicker and fuller than before for a fantastic, even coverage.
2. Don’t Ignore the Length Settings on your Mower
If you’ve got a relatively inexpensive lawnmower, it may take a one size fits all approach to cutting length. However, even midrange mowers give you options for the finished cut. You may have an ideal lawn length that has served you well for years, but it could be time for some adjustment. Ideally, you want to take a third off the lawn length each time you cut it, so be prepared to adjust your settings to achieve this – and either slow down or speed up your trimming schedule.
3. Don’t be Tempted to Overwater the Lawn
You might not know it, but you’ve probably overwatered your lawn recently. Grass might take up the bulk of your outdoor living space, but it does not need as much water as you might think – even in dry months. If you water the lawn daily, you’re definitely overdoing it. Unless you have an unusual type of grass, your watering schedule should fit with the seasons. In winter months, you probably do not need to water the grass at all. In spring, once a week should be sufficient, while drier summers should lead to a watering schedule of twice a week at most.
4. Maximise Your Watering with a Wetting Agent
You may not have considered a wetting agent, but this feature is about working smarter, not harder, and you’ll get better results for the time you spend. These wetting agents are specifically designed for turf, and they work to remove any barriers that sit atop your soil, enabling water to penetrate far more easily. The usefulness varies depending on where you are – in hotter countries, they are essential, while those in milder climates will only benefit from them during drier months.
5. Remember the Fertiliser
Once you have the mowing and watering schedule in place, it is time to consider adding to it with fertiliser. Everything we have covered so far hardly falls under expert gardening, but this is where the time comes to flex your green-fingered muscles. Ideally, you should fertilise the grass every eight weeks between spring and autumn – you can usually get away with skipping winter altogether. Your goal is to keep the lawn fed rather than to promote rapid growth, so go with a fertiliser that acts slowly and keeps the grass fed over time rather than encouraging major growth in a short time.
6. Consider Lawn Renovation
The thought of a full lawn renovation is a daunting one for many, but it does not need to be. It does come with a major workload, but the good news is that it only needs to be done once or twice each year, and it is purely for those that want their lawns to be in pristine condition. Alternatively, if you prefer to wait until the very last minute, you only need to consider a lawn renovation when a quarter of the lawn or more is in disrepair. The process involves introducing new grass seed across the entire lawn and, just as the name suggests, replacing the current turf. The real work comes from maintenance, as you’ll want to water the new lawn daily for 2 to 3 weeks following renovation.
7. Steer Clear of Chemicals for Lawn Health and the Environment
You should take all steps you can to remove chemicals from your lawn maintenance routine. One idea is to use a less abrasive pre-emergent herbicide to combat weeds and other lawn invaders and take preventative steps rather than tackling the issue after it emerges.
8. Healthy Soil is the Base of a Healthy Lawn – Literally
In ideal circumstances, you won’t be able to see the soil under your lawn. However, this is not a case of out of sight, out of mind, and you should endeavour to ensure that your soil always remains in good condition. Use a soil test to determine current soil health and take remedial steps if you run into any issues.
9. Use Growth Regulators to Tackle a Feast or Famine Climate
Grass may be alive, but you can still alter growth patterns. Growth regulators will slow the growth of your lawn, encouraging it to focus on thickness rather than length. This has the added effect of helping it survive through droughts in great condition and combats wear and tear.
10. Learn More with Each Season
We feel our tips will help anyone who wants a better lawn, but nothing beats experience – especially as every lawn is different. Keep track of great products and anything you do that suits your lawn, and get better with every season.