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Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

April! Now the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are longer there’s really no excuse *not* to get out in the garden and get it ship shape for the growing season. The soil is warming and you might have already started seed sowing. But what about the lawn?


  • Established, healthy lawn withstands dry summer without watering. Top may go brown but will recover when it rains
  • Spring and summer lawn feeds high Nitrogen for lush green growth, autumn higher potassium for tougher leaves pre winter
  • Newly turfed or sown lawns need to be watered in dry periods so roots don’t die off.  Early am late pm best times
  • Preparation of ground MOST important when laying new lawn: want it to be in place for many years so don’t skimp
  • Ensure good drainage under lawn especially on heavy clay soil else it will favour moss and coarser grasses
  • Choose turf or seed mix for situation and use e.g. shade, fine lawn, family football pitch all contain diff species
  • Moss in lawn usually means poor drainage and could be years of compaction.  Aerate and scarify in autumn
  • Maybe you don’t need a perfect grass lawn: low growing weeds are green too and some flower
  • Ensure mower blades are sharp to cut cleanly and not rip grass out by roots.  Strim very carefully round trees
  • Raise mower blades in summer to keep grass bit longer. Reduces water loss and lawn stays greener if hot

Thanks for the fantastic tips, Alison!

AND if you’re looking for a bit of online support, have you heard about Alison’s Box of Tricks?

So we’ll all have a splendid lawn come the summer, right…?


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