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Cultivate a lawn to be proud of this summer. From weeding to mowing, follow our expert guidance on how to maintain grass health – and keep your lawn looking thick and luscious.
Fertilise in early summer to strengthen the grass so it can withstand the hotter and drier conditions that summer brings.
For the best results, use an organic fertiliser as it will support lawn health for a longer period.
Use a sprinkler or watering can with rose head attachment after application to help encourage the nourishment to travel all the way down to the roots.
Before applying fertiliser, always check your lawn for weeds so it doesn’t encourage them to spread.
Use an eco-friendly weed killer or remove weeds by hand. A daisy grubber is particularly useful for extracting weeds. The metal 'v' shape helps to ensure that weeds are lifted with their taproots intact.
If you find yourself with bare patches, it’s easy to fill them using a fork and some grass seed.
Cultivate the soil by pricking the surface with a hand fork. This allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate so new roots are able to take hold.
Add a handful of soil-based potting compost and work it into the prepared soil.
Sprinkle a seed mix containing dwarf rye grasses to lightly cover the surface
and use the fork to work it in.
Pat the area down and water using a rose head attachment for a gentle and even water distribution.
Cover with wire netting to protect the seeds from birds as they take root.
Try collecting rainwater in butts – it’s environmentally friendly and ensures you can hydrate your lawn if there is a hosepipe ban. Rainwater also often has a lower pH level, which is better for plants.
Always water in the morning so the grass has time to absorb the moisture before it evaporates in the midday sun.
Avoid watering at night as this can lead to fungus growing when the grass is damp.
Don’t panic if your grass turns brown. Rehydrate it and the colour will return.
It's best to raise your cutting height and mow once a week during the summer.
Regular trimming means that grass redirects its energy from growing taller into generating new shoots, resulting in thicker grass.
Cutting just the top 1/3 of the blades ensures that the grass maintains enough surface area for photosynthesis.