Ruth lists her top guide of do’s and don’ts

Amateur Gardening - - Contents -

Tackling the lawn is one of those jobs that i have mixed feel­ings about. it’s a task that pro­vides im­mense sat­is­fac­tion when it’s all done and look­ing its best, but i of­ten have to crank my­self up to get started!

The key to keep­ing up with lawn care, is lit­tle and of­ten. col­lect leaves as you go, in­stead of deal­ing with a thick layer when they’re all down. Ben­e­fits of keep­ing the lawn clear of fallen fo­liage are re­duced dis­eases, moss and worm ac­tiv­ity. leaves also weaken the grass and pro­vides a haven for pests.

if you live in a mild re­gion or your lawn isn’t wa­ter­logged or frozen, it’s the last chance to aer­ate it with a gar­den fork to im­prove drainage. it is eas­ier when the ground is damp.

grass con­tin­ues to grow in tem­per­a­tures above 5˚c/41˚F so it may be nec­es­sary to mow the lawn, rais­ing the blade height to 2-3in (5-7.5cm).

it is late in the sea­son to scar­ify (rake out dead ‘thatch’) or top­dress the lawn, but be guided by the weather. Fi­nally, tidy up the edges to fin­ish the job and see your lawn tidily through win­ter.

Edg­ing re­moves long grass where pests can hide Edg­ing your lawn im­proves the look of the whole gar­den

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