After a hot summer the lawn can look dry, brown and uncared for regardless of how hard you try to repair it. However, there are some simple and effective ways to maintain a beautiful garden. It is important to care for your garden throughout the year and alternate your methods depending on the weather conditions. We have come up with some simple ways on how to keep your grass green all year round.
How To Keep Your Grass Green: Our Top Tips
With years of experience in landscaping in Milton Keynes, we know how hard it can be to turn your brown lawn vibrant. Although it may seem impossible, a full and healthy lawn is achievable as long as you maintain and care for your lawn, from the surface to the roots. Knowing when to water and mow the lawn and what methods to use, you can drastically change the appearance of your garden. Continue reading for our easy and affordable ways to rejuvenate your lawn.
A lawns water requirements vary depending on the time of year, so watering can be an essential part of keeping grass green all year round. For example, the average lawn requires three to five inches of rain per month during summer and only one to three inches in the winter. Keeping the roots of the lawn rich and healthy ensures that grass grows strong.
Watering the lawn is more important in the summer than it is in the winter, this is because the lawn is naturally watered in the winter. To maintain a healthy lawn, water it an inch per week during June, July and August. Particularly in hotter weather, water in the morning or late evening to reduce water loss through evaporation. Although watering will keep the lawn looking healthy, tap water is not as nutritious as rainwater. Rainwater contains a higher level of nitrogen, which boosts the growth of fuller and healthier grass. Consider purchasing a water butt to collect rainwater throughout the year, which can then be used on your lawn during the summer months.
To easily maintain a green lawn, consider purchasing an irrigation system. An irrigation system is a permanently installed sprinkler that intermittently waters the lawn. This system allows you to adjust the length of time the lawn is watered and therefore, the amount of water that your lawn gets. Although this system is a great way to keep on top of watering the lawn, the negative side is that not all of the lawn requires the same amount of water. Shaded areas do not need as much water to grow, and overwatering can cause permanent damage to your lawn. Too much water can encourage weeds to grow and causes a greater chance of disease. If you are to install an irrigation system, it is important that you strategically place the sprinklers away from shaded areas and gauge how long the sprinkler should be running.
Brown grass is common during hotter months, and the biggest mistake to make is to overwater the lawn in the hopes that it will regain life. Although the tips of your lawn may look brown, the roots stay alive for months. Overwatering these roots could damage them further and cause long terms problems. If the lawn witts and turns brown no matter how much water it is given, then letting it go dormant over summer may be healthier. When the winter months come in, rainwater will rejuvenate the lawn and turn brown grass green again.
Frequently mowing the lawn will result in a healthier and luscious lawn. Although it may seem that regularly mowing the lawn takes a lot of effort, mowing often means less maintenance on your lawn. This is because it is easier to mow shorter grass and puts less pressure on yourself and your lawnmower. Furthermore, mowing eliminates the pests that fester in your garden, while also removing pieces of debris every week, so nothing accumulates on the lawn. Much like watering, the frequency of mowing the lawn depends on the time of year. Through March and October, the lawn requires frequent mowing to produce the best quality grass. Whereas, in the winter, the lawn does not grow as fast, so will not need mowing as often. However, it is still important to make sure that you mow the lawn during the colder months to keep the lawn looking healthy and maintained.
The length of which you should cut your lawn depends on the type of grass that you have. The majority of grass will prefer to be at least three inches or above to maintain a healthy and full lawn. Although lawns do need to be cut regularly, you will want to keep some height on the grass so that it partially shades the ground. Shading the ground will block weed sprouts and promotes beneficial microbes, therefore ensuring that your lawn remains healthy. Longer grass can also support more roots and develop a deeper root system which is better able to find water and nutrients. To achieve a clean-cut lawn while keeping some length, set the mower to its highest setting and only cut the top third of grass blades at any one time.
It is important to know when you should mow the lawn to make sure that you do not damage the grass or its roots. Never mow wet grass, not only will this pull roots out from softened soil, but it could potentially damage the lawnmower. Wet pieces of grass can get stuck inside the lawnmower causing damage to an expensive piece of equipment. It is also important not to mow freshly planted grass within at least one week of planting. This is because the grass will not have enough time to grow deep roots and can easily be pulled out. Do not over flood or overcut new grass as it will not only need time to grow on the surface but also under the soil.
Cutting grass too aggressively will also damage the lawn as it forces plants to focus on regrowth rather than deepening roots. Therefore, over time, this could mean that the roots can not hold the grass into the soil, so next time you mow the lawn, it could pull out the grass. Make sure that when you mow the lawn, mow in different directions every time, to help the grass grow evenly.
Fertilizing is an important part of maintaining a healthy, weed-free lawn. Although lawns get nutrients from the soil, they can sometimes need a little extra help. If your lawn is looking brown or thin, fertilizers can help to encourage growth while also reducing weeds. There are three main nutrients in fertilizers that can benefit the lawn and promote healthy growth. These nutrients are:
Phosphorus is a key nutrient to use during early root growth as it stimulates seed formation while nitrogen promotes the fast growth of the lawn. To make sure that your lawn is resistant to drought and disease, potassium helps to promote stem development to ensure that the lawn remains full and healthy. Using a combination of all the nutrients within fertilizers, you can strength your lawn and encourage it to look healthy. It is important to be careful not to over-fertilize the lawn as too much nitrogen can cause the roots to die. Check the percentage of each nutrient within the fertilizer before placing it on your lawn. To maintain a healthy lawn, it is recommended to fertilize the lawn at least twice a year; once around mid-April to mid-May and again in September.
To make sure that your lawn gets the nutrients that it needs, you will need to determine whether to use slow-release or quick-release fertilizers. Slow-release fertilizers are less likely to burn the lawn and provide uniformed growth. Nutrients are slowly released into the soil, lasting from six to eight weeks or longer. This means that you will not have to apply nutrients to your lawn regularly, making it easier to maintain. Although slow-release means less maintenance in terms of nutritional care, it does mean that the lawn requires more watering in hotter temperatures. Further negative side effects of slow-release are that the nutrients are not readily available to the plants. This means that if your lawn needs urgent care, slow-release may not be the appropriate fertilizer. Slow-release fertilizers are more expensive and do not work as well in colder conditions.
Quick-release fertilizers immediately gives the lawn nutrients, therefore it is the perfect solution for instantly repairing brown grass. Nutrients stimulate quick shoot growth and can last between two to four weeks. Although quick-release is a good way to repair damaged lawns, over applying this fertilizer can cause burning to occur and will need to be applied more regularly. To create the perfect combination of slow and quick-release fertilizer, it is recommended to use between 30 and 50% slow release and 50 to 70% quick-release. This will give the lawn an instant boost while slowly adding more nutrients over time. While it is not necessary organic fertilizers, they do tend to be better than synthetic ones as it improves the soil’s health naturally.
To apply the fertilizer to your lawn, you can either use a drop spreader or a broadcast spreader. Each spreader will allow you to adjust the amount of fertilizer you wish to spread. Rather than doing it by hand, a fertilizer spreader will evenly distribute the fertilizer, making sure that the lawn grows even and healthy. Store any remaining fertilizer in a sealed container in a cool and dry place.
Although thatch is a natural part of grass growth, it can hinder the health of your lawn. This is because it causes dry spots and root disease. There are a few common causes for excessive thatch growth; this includes over-fertilizing, overwatering and using heavy clay soil. Thatch can cause problems with root grown if it is allowed to grow past half an inch thick. The best time for you to dethatch your lawn is during spring when growth is at its peak. Your lawn will also be able to recover quickly during spring as it has access to rainwater and the sun.
To dethatch your lawn, consider renting a thatch removal machine. A removal machine will break thatch apart and lift it from the top layer of soil. This thatch should then be left to decompose on top on the lawn. Once this has been done, and the thatch has gone, sprinkle a layer of soil on top of the lawn, making sure that you use the same soil that the lawn was planted with.
For an easier option, why not consider hiring a professional to maintain your lawn. This will ensure that your lawn is cared for in the appropriate manner and remains healthy. Our experience with commercial landscaping in Bedford will ensure that your lawn looks perfect and remains strong and healthy.
Take It From The Professionals
Over the years we have revived lawns that looked as though they were far from recovery. However, through gentle care and persistence, it is possible to create a beautifully healthy lawn. Take a look at our landscape maintenance Northampton to see just how green and vibrant your lawn can be by following these simple steps. If you find your lawn hard the tackle and wish to give it a pamper, why not call a professional? We can provide beautiful grounds maintenance in Bedford.