It is easy to look at your lush green grass and think all your hard work is done, and the majority of it is – but if you wish to keep your lawn lovely all summer long and through to the beginning of autumn - some upkeep maintenance will be required.
By regularly maintaining your lawn using these three steps, you’ll help to minimise any damage to it at the end of summer caused by hot dry weather, or just a few too many BBQ’s!
1. Mow when needed
This applies to both ways – mowing when the grass is growing high to keep it in good condition, and knowing when to your are mowing the grass too short! Yes, we can all get a little too mower-friendly when we see how wonderful our lawn is looking. The truth is not all grass types will survive close mowing, and you can damage the grass by mowing it too short if it’s not used to it. Finer leafed varieties such as fescues and bent grasses will tolerate close mowing for an ornamental appearance, this means mowing the grass to around 10-15mm. For a hard-wearing family lawn, a mowing height of 25-40mm is suffice. During summer, your grass will need cut more frequently – we recommend mowing your lawn once or twice a week. This helps to keep it looking its best and become used to its weekly chop!
2. Water well in dry weather
It may seem obvious but watering the lawn in extremely hot weather is often forgotten, usually because sunbathing seems to be a higher priority! If you don’t have time to water, or have larger lawn, it’s a good idea to invest in a sprinkler. Watering your grass not only helps it to keep growing, but stops it from drying out in hot weather. It also ensures that your soil is nice and moist, as dry soil can cause problems further down the line. We have had lots of enquiries from customers wondering how to repair their lawn from last year’s drought, lucky enough, here’s a guide we prepared earlier on how to repair your drought damaged lawn!
3. Apply a quick release fertiliser
In our recent year-round fertiliser guide, we recommend applying a SLOW RELEASE: Spring Summer fertiliser . This offers four steady months of continuous feed. However, there may be some occasions – like the big family BBQ, where you wish for your lawn to look even greener. On these occasions, we recommend a QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser. This is a nitrogen rich fertiliser that gives a quick burst of greenness so your lawn is dressed to impress, it will also give a boost of feed so any seedlings that may be struggling in the heat are pepped up with potassium!
4. Consider your next steps
At the end of summer, most lawns have seen a lot of footfall, fun and frolicking . Unfortunately, this also means wear and tear, and maybe some yellowing grass from where a trampoline has been! If you have thinning spots, bald spots, or just want to put your best foot forward going into autumn / winter, overseeding is a great idea. There are many benefits to sowing seed at the end of summer / beginning of autumn, including a lesser need to water, feed or keep the seed away from pesky peckers! By allowing the seed to germinate in early autumn, you’re preparing your lawn for the following spring. So, save yourself a job and start early, and whilst everyone else is rushing to reseed next spring, you’ll have had a head start!