Rescue plan

‘Perfect Time’ to Start ‘Lawn Rescue Plan’ – Steps to Get a ‘Lush Lawn’ by Summer

Grass grows whenever the temperature exceeds 7 degrees Celsius. With warmer weather on the way. Gardeners’ World said it was the “perfect time” to begin a “lawn rescue plan”. This means mowing, aerating and digging up weeds to ensure they will be at their best in the summer. The experts added: “By summer, you will have a healthy lawn that can withstand the wear and tear of regular use.”

To achieve a “perfect lawn”, experts recommended the purchase of a lawnmower, a half-moon edger, a garden pitchfork, a grass seed, a garden hose, an edge shear, a wheeled applicator and a spring-loaded lawn rake.

The first step is to mow the lawn, mowing in one direction and then in another direction to ensure that all parts are missed.

Experts said: “Pick up clippings so they don’t choke young emerging shoots, clean up edges with an edger.”

“Improve aeration where growth or drainage is poor by driving a garden pitchfork 10-15cm into the soil. Wiggle it around to lift the soil about an inch. Work upside down, prick lawn at 15 cm intervals.

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“If you want a well-kept weed-free lawn, dig up dandelions and plantains with a hand trowel. In larger areas, you may want to consider applying a selective lawn weedkiller.

“When mowing, always mow in the opposite direction to the last cut, to avoid the formation of a knot. Rake up as much moss as you can, then apply moss killer if desired. However, if you want a more natural look, where bees and other insects can forage for food, skip this step.

To rake up dead grass and moss, gardeners should use a spring-loaded lawn rake.

If the lawn is large, small areas should be treated at a time before picking up debris.

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According to Gardeners’ World, the lawn will look “ragged” but will soon recover. It should then be mowed with the blades set low.

They added: “Now when you mow the lawn, leave the clippings in place to act as a nutrient-rich mulch that will nourish the grass.

“To help your lawn even more, you can also feed the grass with a specific lawn fertilizer.

“Add a slow-release fertilizer like pelleted chicken manure, lawn fertilizer in the spring, or an all-purpose fertilizer during good weather. Water well if there is no rain on the way, trim the edges if necessary.

Bare patches can be repaired a few days after the lawn has been fed.

To do this, break up the soil, scatter the seeds and sprinkle with potting soil.

For thinner areas, gardeners should scatter the seeds at half the rate listed on the packet, then rake them lightly.

Experts continued: “Mow the lawn once a week or fortnightly, depending on how you want your lawn to look. Let newly sown areas of lawn grow, without mowing them, and keep them well watered. You can use a sprinkler if the weather is dry.

“Close off the roots of recently sown plots to ensure they establish well.

“If your mower has a roller, push it over the area with the engine off. You can also gently firm the grass underfoot. Avoid mowing reseeded patches until the grass is four centimeters deep. high.

“Keep mowing and trimming your lawn if necessary. After just a few weeks it should look healthy, dense and even.

“Making repairs after heavy use. Loosen the soil surface of damaged areas with a spring-loaded lawn rake. On clay soils, poke with a pitchfork to reduce compaction.

Finally, mower height should be raised in hot, dry weather and newly seeded areas should be well watered.

Gardeners’ World added: “Keep the lawn lush by applying a slow-release fertilizer to established areas and add a milder, diluted liquid algae feed to newly reseeded plots.”