Most gardens have a lawn, but only the keenest gardeners tend to it regularly. To have an immaculate lawn requires time and effort, but the standard family lawn would benefit from some regular care and attention.
Let’s start with some tips for a new lawn. The key to success is preparation.
The ground should be well dug and raked. Look at the existing soil. You are looking for a good well balanced loam. If you have a heavy clay soil, try combining some sharp sand, top soil and/or soil conditioner to lighten it up. For a sandy or silty soil, soil conditioner would be ideal. If necessary some well raked in Growmore would improve the nutrients and if you have acidic soil, garden lime can improve the ph levels. Once the ground is prepared the choice is then turf or seed. If using turf always buy the best quality.
Grass seed is often confusing as there are so many products on the market. The grass seed we sell is always fresh – we don’t sell old stock and the science behind the product is fascinating. Westland have a dedicated team who select, sample and test all their grass seed, combining the types of seed in the box to be fit for purpose.
Most have a combination of perennial ryegrass which is hard wearing, fast to establish and grows strongly and thickly and Red Fescue which has a fine leaf appearance, thickens the lawn and has good drought and shade tolerance.
Most multi-purpose lawn seed has a combination of the two types. Tough grass seed will have more Perennial Ryegrass in its content, whilst Fine Lawn Seed will have more Red Fescue, but will be less hard wearing. Make sure you sow your grass seed evenly and water well. For successful germination the soil temperature should be above 9 degrees Celsius usually from March to September in the UK and adequate moisture is needed to stop the seed becoming too dry.
Once your lawn is established, keep it mowed. Never cut more than 1/3 of the height, to prevent damage. Don’t cut too short, a height of between 2cm and 3.5cm is ideal for a good family lawn. Mowing regularly will thicken and improve quality.
Should I feed the lawn?
Like all plants, grass requires nutrients to keep healthy. Once again we are faced with a range of confusing products.
The most popular product is the “All in One” or “Complete” which has a combination of lawn food, weed killer and moss killer which when used regularly keeps weeds down and promotes healthy growth making a thicker, lush lawn.
It is a myth that feeding the lawn makes it grow longer!
It is also possible to buy lawn feed in both granular and liquid form.
Lawn feed and seed combinations such as “Aftercut Lawn Thickener” are also available and a variety of “patch products” including “Aftercut Patch Fix” which contains, lawn seed, lawn feed and a urine neutraliser to help repair dog damage!
There is also an array of lawn weed killers ideal for individual weeds that may appear.
PLEASE DON’T USE ORDINARY WEEDKILLERS ON YOUR LAWN!
With all these products available, why do they also produce Autumn Lawn Food? The answer is in the high potassium content of the Autumn Lawn Food which improves damage resistance and helps the lawn through the tougher winter conditions, giving the best possible start to the new season.