During the Summer, the lawn is actively growing and requires regular maintenance including mowing, weeding and other treatments to keep it looking smart.
Basic Lawn Tips
Whether you have a Cylinder Mower, Rotary, Hover or Sit On Mower (for large lawns) the appearance of the cut will differ.
Yes, it’s an obvious task which needs doing but there are ways to improve the quality and health of your lawn.
Follow some of our lawn tips below to improve the appearance and health of your lawn.
Avoid cutting the lawn too short
It might be tempting to extend the period between cuts, however, this can weaken the grass, encouraging shallow rooting and making the lawn more susceptible to drought, weeds and moss.
Cutting your lawn too short means it may require more frequent feeding and watering.
Setting your lawn mower to cut at the shortest level to increase the period between cuts is not advisable, this can damage your lawn by scalping it, creating unsightly bare patches.
Equally, lawns cut less frequently, allowing the grass to grow taller may result in your grass becoming less durable, as the roots become weakened.
Mowing regularly ‘at the right height’ keeps the lawn in good health.
Lawn Weed & Feed
Various conditions can determine the effect of weeds within your lawn and different treatments can assist in managing the problem and keeping your lawn in tip top condition.
- Patchy Lawn
- Uneven Growth
- Different Colour Patches
- Flowers in the grass
- Obvious visible weeds
It’s possible to use various lawn treatment products to combat weed and it’s important to use the correct product. Often lawn treatment is done, spring – summer with an important treatment done in Autumn.
Inevitably, lawns during the summer period will turn brown and look dry, however, will return to a healthy green colour once the rains return. Luckily, rain is never far away here in the UK!!
Watering is not usually necessary over the summer.
For information on watering your lawn during uncommon periods of drought, see the RHS website here on lawns: care during drought.
Aerate the Lawn
If the ground is very hard, you can spike the lawn with an aeration tool or simply use your garden fork to make holes in your lawn before watering. This allows the water to penetrate the dry ground more effectively.
Whilst it is not essential, to keep your lawn looking lush and green, perform watering weekly. Ensure water does NOT sit on top of the lawn (indicating it’s too dry). It needs to penetrate at least 10 cm in depth.
Newly laid lawns
If you have just laid your lawn, using turf, avoid using them for approximately 7 days and water as required.
Lawns from seed, should be used until after they have been mowed at least once.
Avoid using new lawns heavily in their first season and avoid over watering, as this can cause shallow rooting and poor attachment of the grass to the soil.
Depending on the type of lawn mower you own, the appearance of your lawn after each cut will differ. Research which mower to use or buy, depending on the finish you want.
Those looking for a ‘striped finish’ will want to look for a mower with a roller, which gives the ‘wimbedon look’ and stripe in the lawn after mowing.
Choosing the right mower comes down to the type of garden you have and the appearance you seek after mowing. Lightweight hover mowers are ideal for small gardens or hard to mow areas such as banks and difficult to access areas of lawn. Cylinder and Rotary mowers are commonly used for a better finish, especially where the lawn area is even and easy to cut.