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A well maintained lawn area can add an entire new space and living area to a home. Proper care of the lawn is essential to keep it looking in top condition.

A lawn is a managed area made up of thousands of individual plants from Poaceae family. Different species are better suited to different climates and growing the right grass for your lawn is essential.


Mowing

To create a lawn full of evenly sized grasses takes regular mowing. If you don't cut it often the blades of grass will grow at different rates throughout the garden affected by different light levels and drainage, etc. This can cause the lawn to look uneven and patchy. To get a really good, green lawn it is best not to cut the grass too short and to cut it at least once a week during the summer months if possible. For the first cut of the year it is best to cut it short as this will allow you to scarify and remove any old thatch easier and it will allow more sunshine to the lower part of the plant encouraging a healthier base. Don't cut the lawn too short as shorter leaves provide less food for the plant, less resistance to drought and you also run a greater risk of scalping patches of the lawn.


Watering

Lawns lose water as the individual grasses take on moisture and this water loss needs to be replaced. It is important not to over-water the lawn as this causes the grass roots to be quite shallow as they don't need to go very far to get water. Shallow roots can also be caused the soil being too compacted, water will not drain into the ground so the roots will not grow deep. It is better to water the lawn heavily but less often as this forces the roots to grow deep to reach the stored water.


Aerating

When the soil becomes too compacted for example by children playing on it the water and air are less able to permeate the soil and it becomes necessary to aerate the lawn. Aeration involves perforating the lawn with spikes, you can use a garden fork but for larger areas a machine is a much wiser choice. These perforations will then allow water, air and nutrients to better nourish the lawn providing a more vigorous plant. It is recommended to aerate the lawn during the spring and then again towards the end of the growing season leaving enough time for the grass to repair afterwards.


Scarifying

Scarifying a lawn is a necessary procedure to keeping a lawn looking in top condition in the longer term. Short term however scarifying a lawn can leave bare patches as the old thatch is removed. This isn't a big problem as the grass will grown back to fill the gaps and be healthier in the long run. It is best to scarify the lawn at the start of the growing season and remove any of the build up of thatch, winter debris, moss etc before the build up of summer. This also allows time to over-seed any areas that might need it.


Weeds

A well maintained lawn will be strong enough to withstand invasion by most weeds. Seeds can be blown in, dropped by birds etc but these aren't as much of a problem as the incorrect care of the lawn.


Fertilisers


Patches


Chemicals

The best thing you can do to promote a healthy lawn is to properly dispose of most of the hideous toxins that you own for the garden. A healthy lawn is achievable in most areas by little more than proper maintenance and the right type of seed. Now start with disposing the RoundUp, go do it now...

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Colchester Gardeners