Time to give your lawn some TLC
There are a few tricks to creating a great garden and having a great lawn is one of them. If you can border it with a clean cut and well managed border or hedge then you are well on the way to completing the picture.
Now is the time to give your lawn some TLC.
Firstly, like us all, they do need a feed. Use a specific lawn fertiliser as this has all the nutrients the grass needs.
A slow release long-term fert like Burnets Ezy Starter & Renovation Organic based fertiliser or Tui Lawn Force is ideal for new and established lawns. The advantage with this is there is no danger of ‘burning’ your lawn and it releases the fert over a longer period.
If your grass is looking somewhat yellow and hard, give it a quick boost with the Yates Rapid Greening Lawn Food— you just plug it into the hose and spray it on.
Otherwise spread over a straight granular lawn fertiliser and water it in well . . . or do it when it is raining.
Older lawns could probably do with a bit of an airing and thin out by de-thatching— we have a wicked Wolf Garten tool that is great for this. It is amazing how much thatch builds up over the years, suffocating the grass.
Remember not to mow you lawn too low as this only encourages weed growth and stresses the grass.
Finally there is the problem of weeds and prickles to be attended too and NOW is the time to spray for prickle weed. Use Turfix or Prickle Weedkiller on a windless warm day— we hire out lawnboys to do this with. Otherwise try Yates Weed’n’Feed, which you spray on via the hose and is a great product as you do two jobs in one! If you miss dealing to prickle weed now you will have a prickly lawn all summer.
If you are sowing a new lawn remember that you need to prepare the soil really well. At least 200mm of top soil is ideal and then choose a seed that will match your space. There are lawn seed mixes available now that are suitable for shady places, hot and dry areas and hardwearing mixes.
So for a lovely lawn get to it with some TLC and watch it grow into a luscious lawn.
Now is the perfect time of year to give your lawn some attention.