A dense and healthy lawn sets the scene for an attractive summer garden and the warmer weather means we often spend plenty of time outside. Here are four tips for keeping your lawn in tip top condition at this time of year.
Mowing the lawn
Your lawn will need regular mowing, but don’t be tempted to overdo it in early summer. The lawn can become stressed if it is mowed in hot weather, so you need to be careful about how you tackle this job. Because the grass protects and keeps the soil cooler, it is a good idea to raise the height of your mower blades. Slightly longer grass will form a canopy and prevent the soil from being baked by the sun.
This is also a good time to ensure that your mower blades are sharp and cut the grass cleanly, because a blunt blade can tear rather than cutting the grass. This stresses it and it will take longer to recover. Grass that is stressed does not make such effective use of water and food, so careful mowing will keep it in better condition.
Mower blades can often be sharpened, but sometimes THEY need to be replaced and if this is the case, Mountfield spares and many other brands are available online, from https://www.diyspareparts.com/parts/.
Dealing with weeds
If it is necessary to treat weeds, the best time to do this is early in the morning before the sun has heated the day up. According to the RHS, weeds in lawns can become established because they can survive regular close mowing. If the weather is very dry and hot it may be better to delay weed treatment until the weather cools and weeds are growing strongly.
Repairing the lawn
If you need to apply seed to thin or bare patches on the lawn, the warmth will help the seedS to germinate. However, new lawn seeds should not be allowed to dry out, so they will need regular watering if the weather is dry.
Feeding the lawn
Summer feeds can help to keep your lawn healthy and it is best to use organic fertiliser if possible, as it is better for the environment and also safer. Organic feeds do not need to be watered in either, you can usually apply them and wait for the rain to come.