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New to looking after a lawn?

Whether you are a new home-owner or recently moved into a new property with a larger garden, don’t be fooled into thinking looking after the garden is going to be a lot of work.

The basic principle of lawn care is to carry out several straight-forward routine tasks to keep the grass healthy as well as attractive. Therefore, a proper maintenance programme of essential tasks is required to keep trouble at bay.

Mowing

This is the most important task and must be done at the right time and with the blades at the correct height according to weather conditions and time of year. It may sound scary but there are two products to suit all sizes of garden.

For a smaller garden our 33cm (13″) Electric Rotary Lawnmower is outstanding value for money, packed full of features designed to make mowing a pleasure and not a chore. While our 39cm (16″) Petrol Rotary Lawnmower is great for long grass with its 3 simple cutting heights (25mm, 45mm and 65mm) and a generous 35L collector means you can mow a medium to large size garden in no time.

We recommend you start the season on a high setting and gradually lower it. Mowing too closely commonly results in poor quality lawns.

Watering

We may have had more rain than usual in May but lawns can die back in dry weather, resulting in brown patches. The grass will grow again when the rain starts, but it can be slow, allowing drought-resistant weeds such as yarrow and hawk bit to establish. Water the lawn thoroughly during dry or drought periods and saturate the top 10 – 15cm of soil.

Feeding

Constant mowing creates a serious drain on the nutrient reserves in the soil. Feed lawns annually in spring with a high nitrogen rich fertiliser. From late spring to late summer apply a spring/summer fertiliser if there is a decline in vigour or loss of colour. Apply fertiliser when the soil is moist, during showery weather, or water in after application, for even coverage use a spreader.

Weeding

Don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand. Occasional weeds can be pulled and patches of moss indicate that the growing conditions must be improved. Apply a weed killer or moss killer as soon as there is an obvious invasion. They do not harm grasses at normal dilution rates but should not be used on seedling grasses. Applying a fertiliser 1-2 weeks before weed killer treatment can be even more effective in controlling weeds.

Aerating

The lawn is aerated by driving in a fork or other spiked instrument at intervals to relieve compaction, when doing this drainage is improved and new growth is stimulated. Aerate at least once a year if the ground is badly compacted and moss is present otherwise it should be sufficient to aerate once every three years if a hollow-tine fork is used.

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