How to Breathe Life into a Tired Garden Lawn
How you can breathe life into even the most jaded garden lawn.
While the UK may have experienced some mixed weather conditions of late, there’s no doubt that it’s becoming increasingly warmer as the spring time approaches.
At this stage, the entire Internet is overloaded with tips on how to revitalise your garden, particularly after the trials and tribulations of winter. However, there’s often a lack of detailed advice on how to revive your tired lawn, which tends to experience the worst effects of cold weather and a paucity of sunlight.
In this post, we’ll explore this further while asking how you can breathe life into even the most jaded garden lawn.
1. Start by Clearing the Debris
After six months of autumn and winter, your garden can generally look worse for wear. It may also be strewn in debris, as we tend to take less care of our lawns where the rain and the snow is falling down.
From fallen leaves and broken twigs to the debris that has been carried by excess winds, it’s important to clear away this mess before you begin to tend to your lawn and restore it to its former glory.
This may involve hours of back-breaking labour (depending on the size of your garden, of course), but the key is to clear away all debris from your lawn so that you can assess its true condition. You can then either discard to compost this, depending on the nature of the debris or your outlook as a gardener.
Similarly, we’d recommend trimming the surrounding hedges at this time, as this will help to frame your lawn and make it look immediately neater.
2. Examine the Underlying Soil
Before you begin to tend to your lawn, you should take this opportunity to examine the underlying soil and fight compaction.
This ensures that any water or nutrients that you apply to the area reaches the roots of the grass, as you use an aerator to removes any plugs of soil and create an even space.
Then you should conduct a test to determine the health of the soil, and more specifically whether it’s acidic or alkali. If your soil is slightly acidic, you should consider using a broadcaster to apply lime gradually increase the pH of the earth.
Then add the required nutrients to the soil and begin to water the area regularly, and you should notice a significant improvement within a relatively short period of time.
3. Invest in the Right Tools and Mow your Lawn
Once your lawn begins to grow and the grass reaches three inches tall, you should instantly cut it down to two.
From here, you’ll need to mow your lawn regularly (either weekly or bi-weekly), and this means investing in the right tools to do the job right.
Gardening equipment brand SGS Engineering offer a wide range of lawnmowers, including petrol, hybrid and battery-powered options to suit different needs and space constraints. We’d also recommend investing in a mower with adjustable height settings, so that you can cut the grass to a desired length.
You may want to buy a garden strimmer too, as this will enable you to trim the edges of the law and maintain a cultivated look at all times.