Around the gar­den

Ba­sic lawn main­te­nance

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Over the sum­mer, your lawn has worked hard and can look past its best, but with a few sim­ple treat­ments it will re­cover and even im­prove for next year. You’ll need to weed, rake out the thatch, and make some air holes in the ground be­fore top dress­ing it. An au­tumn lawn feed will also help the grass sur­vive the win­ter, but avoid ni­tro­gen-rich sum­mer lawn feed at this time of year as it pro­motes soft growth vul­ner­a­ble to dam­age.

USE a forked daisy grub­ber or blunt knife to dig into the root sys­tem and cut out peren­nial weeds with­out dis­turb­ing the sur­round­ing grass. RAKE out thatch with a spring tined rake or me­chan­i­cal scar­i­fier. Thatch is the de­bris left from mow­ing that chokes the grass. MAKE holes in the lawn with a hol­low tined tool or gar­den fork to al­low air to reach the roots (see p118 for more in­for­ma­tion). SPREAD a sand, loam and or­ganic mat­ter mix­ture on to the aer­ated grass. Use a broom or lawn rake to brush it into the holes. It can look messy for a day or two but it gives the grass a real boost.

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