CUTTING MY LAWN & CARING FOR MY GREEN GRASS.
Sure as it is looking at a nice fresh cut lawn and smelling that cut grass smell on a summers day is great for most of us, but how do you cut your grass and keep that lawn green and clear of weeds and pests all year round?
For some cutting the lawn can seem more of a chore than a pleasure but it does have a good feel aesthetic to your house and garden in most cases making up a large proportion of your property. A well cut lawn not only looks nice but can also smell good and transform your garden in a matter of minutes so its worth looking after.
We have all seem that neighbor out every week cutting their grass, it always looks just so. But a little care does not have to be time consuming, doing it right always saves time and presentation for the future then the grass wont be greener on the other side.
A simple task we have all done at some point in our lives is cutting our lawn. But how can you get that bowling green finish with the lines in it and the two tone green affect, nice and short and soft under foot feel.
Choose Your Tools:
The first thing to do is choose you tools correctly, for a smaller lawn on a low budget an electric mower might be the best for you, or a larger plot may require a ride on mower with is fuel powered. Either way as long as its clean in good working order and can do the job it should be fine.
A good way to trim the lawns edges is to use a strimmer before you mow to get around features those had to mow corners, which also prevents the mower slipping of the edge of your lawn and scorching your turf. This does give a good edge for you to then mow to easily.
Mowing The Lawn:
As with all planted life grass is not different in that it needs direction to grow, as so it does when cutting your lawn. Firstly follow the edges of your lawn to create a larger boarders edge to it, this out lines your area & provides a turning point for you. Then choose a corner to start from and follow that edge in and straight line as best you can slightly over lapping the already cut grass, then turn and follow the edge in reverse using the width of the mower to give even lines in your lawn.Were your lawn has a feature a bump/hump or a cut out area edge it and follow the line again. Bumps / Humps it may be necessary to go around it in a circular direction similar to a spiral to provide the best cut. Always keep a steady pace and good control of your tools. When you have mowed your lawn clean your mower of all the grass collected and residual, when mowing if you do have to stop slightly raise the mower when doing so also when restarting to avoid scorching but place it down gently having done so, if you do collect the grass it can be placed in recycling bins or compost heaps. Clearing loose grass after cutting with a lawn rake or hand blower is always good practice.
The use of some good edge trimmers after cutting adds the finishing touch to defining your lawn and its features. Always collect you those loose trimming so grass does not then grow in your boarders, doing this stops the grass from creeping over its edges, A half moon may also be used to edge round slabbed areas to give definition.
Always beware of power cables and fuel, Follow the manufactures handbook and advise for your tools. Gloves & safety glasses are good if using a strimmer. Mostly use a bit of common sense.
Raking & Air-rating:
Raking & Forking your lawn from time to time in between cuts is best, This removes some of the dead matter which sits in yout grass and allows water to reach the soil better and can help control moss growth, by forking the lawn allows air into the soil for drainage and air to get in promoting healthier growth.
When it is hot your lawn can go dry very easily and brown over so using a sprinkler is good were water from the tap is not available maybe a water butt can help if your prone to hose pipe bans.
The use of a good lawn fertilizer is good for keeping your lawn green all year round, helping to promote healthy growth and strong roots, some may also improve hydration within the ground. Be aware of the manufactures recommendations and if unsure seek advise on the product best for you, alternatively seek out a professional and let them do the hard work for you, make sure they are qualified. But be aware of the product they are using and its advise if unsure ask.
Keep That Lawn Green:
To keep your Lawn Green, a huge nudge is to apply the right Fertilizer for your lawn and more so the season. In a warmer climate a high nitrogen product is usually recommended, where as in the cooler months a good potassium based product can give better results, but always seek advise from your supplier firstly. Coupled with good drainage and hydration really helps improve the condition of turf.
Pest / Weed Control:
Pests and weeds can be often unsightly on your lawn and take up that precious water the lawn needs to grow manual weeding can be a good answer, A weed or moss control product can also give good comprehensive results for this process. seeking professional advise or having a qualified operator do this can make a difference. In all cases be aware of the advise on the labels of products when using chemicals on anything for your safety. If you do use a Qualified operator make sure to ask them for proof of their PA1 & PA6 licences as a minimum qualification in the UK and shows they are competent. Please do reference other post on WEED CONTROL.
By following these few simple steps may hopefully help you with maintaining your lawn with ease for years to come, while assisting you with a bit more know How to keep that lawn green all year round?