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A good looking lawn will take time and effort.
A good lawn is all in the preparation. If you're starting with someone elses old lawn you may have a long way to go, rolling, sorting out bumps and cutting to get a better looking lawn. If you want instant results then the obvious thing to do would be to rip up all the turf and relay brand spanking new turf. Instant beautiful lawn.
However it is a lot of time and trouble to returf a lawn and you might
not have the money to hand, so a good alternative would be to keep what
you have and to work on getting it better.
The edges of the lawn are important to keep tidy for the overall appearance. You can trim them with a half moon edger if they're not sharp. If you want a straight line edge then use a piece of string and two sticks stuck into the ground. If you have a curve then use the same arrangement but use one end of the string attached to the half move and keep the other stick fixed in and move round in a circle. Make sure you plan carefully so you're not taking off loads of lawn, although any offcuts of edging might come in useful for patching up any holes or weedy patches.
By using a string and cutting a curve you will get a lovely neat edge to the lawn, and a perfect arc.
I did this curved effect once at a garden at the bottom of a tower block - I'm not sure how many of the residents appreciated it when looking down, but I knew it was there and thought it looked very smart.
If you have large bare patches in your lawn then you will need to patch them up, either by reseeding or using spare turf. Cost wise reusing old scraps of turf is cheaper, although if you have a lot to do then you might find it less hassle with seed. Shake the box of seeds to make sure the different types of grass seed are well mixed. You will need to do some basic soil preparation and water the seeds after.
Of course if you have plenty of organic material in the soil under your lawn it will retain water much better than if it has very little. This is something you need to think about when you're laying new lawns rather than as something you can do easily to an existing lawn.
Feed your lawn. You can buy lots of lawn food to give your lawn a boost.
Always read and follow the instructions very carefully. You might want
to look at organic lawn food.
Aerating the lawn yourself if your worms are on strike. Aerating a lawn is only usually needed on a thick clay type soil, one with heavy thatch or one that is compacted by regular football games or being driven on, and you can use a simple fork to make holes - you can also buy core aerators which actually remove a small core of soil. Whatever you use its hard work but can have good results.
Removing weeds from the lawn is probably the hardest part of lawn care.
You can use weedkillers *but* they are never as effective as actually
removing the weeds yourself, and a little handweeding costs nothing and
is better for the environment.
For weeds with a long tap root a knife is a good way of cutting them
out. The more of the root you remove the better. Tap root weeds include
dandelions and are generally perrenials. The annuals are less bother
as they can be usually easily removed or even killed and outgrown by
the grass if you cut the lawn often enough.
Buttercups generally mean that the soil is slightly damper and you might want to investigate the cause of this and perhaps improve drainage. Buttercups grow by sending out runners - just as strawberries do - and you can often pull them all out together. If you remove buttercups slowly you should be able to follow the runners along until you have them all.
Some people like wild flowers in their lawn, others don't. Remember anything which throws out seeds will be a potential hazard to lawns - so if you a neighbour with an overgrown garden then that might be the cause of your problems. You could always offer to give their lawn a quick trim if they're elderly! It'd save you lots of time in the long run having to deal with the problems. Most people however are happy to get on with their garden so a polite word might give them a little nudge.
If your lawn care routine includes something we've missed out then why not contact us and let us know what you do to care for your lawn.
Moles can have a devastating effect on any lawn, although they are most common in sandy, well-drained soils where there is a high population of earthworms, their main food source.
Damage by moles is caused by mounds of earth which may suddenly appear overnight and their tunnelling activity which can lead to an uneven lawn where tunnels have collapsed. They do not usually eat plants, but may eat through plant roots where they interfere with tunnels.
Moles are very territorial and once in your garden can be very difficult to eradicate, so it is best to try to prevent them if there are signs of mole activity in neighbouring areas. There are numerous methods of controlling moles, although success is variable.
Rolawn Mole Repel is a humane and safe way to deter moles. It is non-toxic, safe for the environment, children and pets. The garlic granules are poured into the runs under mole hills and do not harm moles, but stop them burrowing further.
Ant hills can also disfigure lawns and are more common where the soil is sandy. They usually appear in summer and should be dispersed by brushing the soil when dry. This will avoid smearing them on the lawn when mowing, which over time will lead to the lawn becoming uneven. Ants can also damage grass roots which may cause yellowing.
Ants can be controlled by treating with a biological nematode, such as Rolawn Ant Killer. The nematodes act as an irritant and the ants are displaced from their colonies. Now is an ideal time to apply a biological control such as Rolawn Ant Killer as the soil must be moist for the nematodes to be effective. Lawns can be treated from April to October when the soil temperature is warm enough. Rolawn Ant killer is specific to the pest concerned therefore safe for the user, children, pets, wildlife and the environment.
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