How to get your lawn ready for summer

For most gardens in the UK, the lawn is going to be the element that gives the most impact. It might seem like having a more striking lawn is going to be a lot of work, but it’s actually a lot easier to achieve than you might think. There are no real secrets to having an amazing looking garden. It’s more about knowing where to concentrate, and doing a little prep before the summer finally hits. If your lawn looks a little lacklustre after the long winter, then here are the best tips for getting your lawn looking as fantastic as possible.

Do some Aerating

Your lawn needs to be able to breathe, and that’s why you should start with a little aeration. This should be done at least once a year, especially if you live in a clay-heavy region. You could go all out and invest in a specialised aeration tool that can cut down on the work, but aeration can be achieved just as effectively by using a garden fork and driving it into the soil at regular spaces throughout your garden. Those holes make it easier for oxygen and moisture to get right into the roots, and your grass will end up looking much healthier.

Watering the Right Way

Your garden is going to need watering, although we’re lucky enough in the UK to have plenty of rainfall. If we go through something of a dry spell, then it’s worth keeping an eye on the colour of your grass. If you spot that it’s starting to turn yellow, then you should start watering immediately. Don’t panic. Those yellowing blades of grass will soon get back to their lush greens in no time. Remember, deep watering your lawn should be done infrequently, and you should aim to do your deep watering either early in the morning before the sun hits its peak, or late at night when the air is cooler.

Get Mowing

One of the most important jobs to do if you want your lawn to look amazing is mowing. Click here to invest in a new lawnmower if you’re still struggling with your old one, with some amazingly high-tech options to choose from. If you want your mowing to have the maximum impact, then you should always:

  • Mow regularly
  • Mow in a different pattern every time.
  • Don’t trim too short (leave about a third of the grass length.)
  • Make sure your blades are sharp.
  • Mow more frequently in the spring.
  • Raise the height of your blades in the summer so that grass is left longer.

Mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be a major chore like it used to be. Newer lawnmowers make it easier than ever, and you can even get automated ones that will do the hard work for you.

Follow these tips, and your lawn is going to look amazing. The more work that you put in now, the less you’ll have to do when you could be kicking back and sipping on a cold drink in your summer garden. Get the most from your garden this summer by giving your lawn the attention it needs, and you can spend more time manning the barbecue or simply working on your summer tan.


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