Give the lawn a makeover

Country Life Every Week - - A Walking Life -

Dig round the stump to ex­pose the roots and cut through each one, re­mov­ing a sec­tion to make life eas­ier. There’s usu­ally one in­fu­ri­at­ing root in an awk­ward po­si­tion that holds out for a while, but a de­gree of pa­tient blood­y­mind­ed­ness will sever it in the end.

If the stump is a big one, call in a pro­fes­sional (there are reg­is­ters of suit­able con­trac­tors), who will ei­ther dig it out by hand, cut through the roots and winch it free or use the ul­ti­mate weapon, the stump grinder, which will grad­u­ally re­duce the ob­ject to a vast pile of wood chip­pings and saw­dust. This is the op­tion to use if you wish to carry on as if the stump had never been there.

You will need to con­sider ac­cess to the site, the ef­fect on sur­round­ing sur­faces of the use of ma­chin­ery and dis­posal of the waste. The sin­gle most im­por­tant op­er­a­tion that will im­prove the qual­ity of any lawn is spik­ing. This should be done when the ground is soft, in au­tumn or early spring. On a small lawn, sim­ply walk across the lawn with a fork, push­ing the tines in to their full depth at fre­quent in­ter­vals. On a grander scale, there are ma­chines for hire that will do the same job. The im­prove­ment will be dra­matic. If you shovel sharp sand or com­post over the spiked lawn and then work it in with a brush or a spe­cial­ist tool called a lute, then so much the bet­ter.

Scar­i­fy­ing is an­other job that does won­ders for the lawn, by scratch­ing out moss and thatch, and the sur­face tan­gle of dead shoots. It should be done when the lawn is hard, in the height of sum­mer. Again, the small lawn can be treated us­ing a spring-tined rake, pro­vid­ing the added bonus of taut­ening the stom­ach mus­cles. Those who use a cylin­der mower, such as an Al­lett, will be aware that there is a sim­ple comb at­tach­ment for the roller that will do the job lit­tle and of­ten, rather than gen­er­at­ing a mon­u­men­tal vol­ume of moss each year.

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