The key to a nice garden is proper lawn care. Why? What’s the point in having nice garden features and furniture if it’s going to be overpowered by the sore site of a poorly looked after lawn.
There are different levels of care required for new lawns and existing lawns, so we’ll cover the best ways to ensure proper care is taken for both.
There are consequences to not taking the proper precautions when it comes to a freshly laid lawn, the main one being shrinking of the turf.
When brand new turf is first laid, for those who don’t know, it will be laid in rectangular panels, which requires time to root. This means that it should be left without anyone or anything walking on it, for 2-3 weeks and if not properly rooted the panels will shrink.
We can’t stress enough how important it is that new lawns MUST be watered daily for 2 weeks. Failure to do this could result in edges of rolls of turf drying out and curling up, which requires a lot of work to fix.
The lawn should not be cut during first 2-3 weeks. It is worth checking, by pulling at turf, that roots have properly knitted to the soil beneath before cutting. Otherwise lawn may die off.
Now let’s say that you’ve moved into a property that has an existing lawn in good condition, it’s now your job to make sure it stays that way.
Our recommendation for maintaining a healthy lawn is regular cutting in spring/summer months. Mowing keeps the grass healthy and rich in colour, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing than a wild, out of control garden.
Moss is a big issue when there is poor drainage and lawns become damp. The best time to tackle any problems with moss in early spring time.
Feeding is very important as it keeps weed and moss problems at bay, as they can return very quickly without regular feeding. We would recommend fertalising your garden once at the beginning of spring. This should be enough but if the grass loses it’s richness, fertalise one more time at the end of summer.
When it comes to seeding you should focus on the more shaded areas of the garden, as these areas will look sparse if not seeded each year.
Watering is probably one of the most important factors of the proper lawn care and maintenance, especially when the turf has just been laid.
Going back to the aesthetic side of the argument, no one likes the look of a yellow and eventually brown lawn, which is what happens if the grass is not regularly watered.
This isn’t too much of an issue due to the ‘tropical’ Scottish weather we regularly experience. There tends to be enough rainwater in Scotland to prevent the colour of the lawn turning, but if there is a particularly dry period and the ground is dry and hard, you should spike the ground to allow water to penetrate the roots properly.
There you have our top tips for looking after your garden. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, we are happy to help.
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