Spring is just around the corner and your lawn is already awakening to new life. So now is the ideal time to improve his condition for the coming seasons. To get the most out of your weed this year, follow the advice of famous gardening expert Monty Don.
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In the new edition of his book The complete gardener, Don revealed that in his own garden in Longmeadow, Herefordshire, he doesn’t want a pristine lawn – just “an even green space dominated by grass.” A few weeds or even a little moss don’t bother him.
Don firmly believes that when the weed is healthy, everything else will take care of itself.
“To get a“ good ”lawn, you have to think positively,” he recently revealed in one blog entry. ‘Put your efforts in healthy grass instead of tackling perceived’ problems ‘like daisies, moss, ants, worms, moles, plantains, dandelions and fairy rings.’
However, he emphasized that the most common problem for lawns is poor drainage – and for the best grass, your soil needs to be well drained.
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“Moss, for example, is always a symptom of poor drainage made worse by shade,” he says. ‘Unfortunately, the well-prepared soil is also compacted by matted roots, rain and, above all, normal family use.’
Don explained that it was important to work on the ground at least once a year to solve the problem. He does this by “sticking a fork in the ground and wiggling it” and repeating the process every six inches or so.
To get the right mix for your soil, Don recommends that you combine equal servings of sifted topsoil, sharp sand, and sifted leaf mold or compost. “Spread it over the pricked area and brush it in with a stiff broom to fill the holes with the mixture,” he says. “This helps with drainage and feeding of the grass.”
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Don also suggests running a wire rake across the lawn to remove excess straw and moss and allow light and water to reach the roots in the soil. However, you shouldn’t prune the leaves of the spring onions just yet – they must die naturally as they take their energy for the next year’s blooms through their leaves.
Finally, you should mow the lawn. “Don’t make it too short,” he says. ‘Just a light cut for the rest of the month and the grass will be much healthier – and as a result, better able to withstand summer drought.’
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To make your lawn as lush as possible, follow the old saying of little and often when mowing. “If you cut the grass very short, it actually stimulates its rate of growth. This puts a real burden on every single weed plant as it has to take in additional water and nutrients, ”says Mick Lavelle, horticultural expert and horticultural instructor at Writtle University College.
Lavelle agrees with Don’s advice that cutting the grass too short makes the lawn prone to drought in summer and requires more water. This is only made worse if you leave it too long and before you give it a good cut.
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“Lawns that have received this treatment almost always turn yellow and often don’t start growing again until autumn is well advanced,” says Lavelle. So make sure you increase the cutting height of your mower and don’t leave too long between cuts.
It is also important that your mower knife is sharp, as a dull knife can tear and shed the blades of grass, drying out the grass, and making it easier for disease to enter.
Mow when the grass is dry, but when it gets too long it is better to mow it damp than just leave it.
90 percent of grass is made up of water. So if the weather is dry for an extended period of time, you’ll need to water it to keep it lush – but use collected rainwater instead of using too much sprinklers whenever possible.
“Even tended lawns tend to turn brown in hot summers,” says Lavelle. “When this happens, do not be afraid; Your lawn is just resting and turning green when the autumn rains come. ‘