A lush, healthy lawn can be an attractive centerpiece of any garden. However, establishing and maintaining a lawn in good condition can take a long period of preparation and substantial time in its upkeep. If the roots of a good lawn are firmly set, however, the repetition of some of the bigger jobs can be reduced. In this way, with a few basic steps, the workload of looking after a lawn and keeping it in good shape can be significantly reduced, and the results can be noticeably improved.
A gardener's guide to a healthy, luxurious lawn
While there are no magic secrets to achieving a luxurious green lawn, some basic know-how is essential. The fundamental tips for success can be divided into the different steps in looking after a lawn.
Feeding the lawn should be viewed as an annual activity rather than as a regular routine. The best time to feed the lawn is in the fall, and for the most even results, this can be done using a specialist feed spreader. The soil at the time of feeding should be slightly damp, and if it can be timed so that there is rainfall within a couple of days of feeding, this will help to establish the feed in the lawn. Avoid feed that is high in nitrogen content, and avoid adding pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides. Organic fertilizer often produces the most reliable results in the long term. The goal at this point is to build the health of the grass roots, as the basis for the next year's fresh, green lawn.
Aerating the lawn is another annual activity best carried out in the fall. Lawns that are grown on clay or heavy soil, or lawns that are exposed to heavy seasonal use, get particular benefit from being aerated. Spiking the lawn with a garden fork is one method, but electric spiking and slashing equipment can make the job easier.
Dressing the lawn after aeration can help to improve the quality of the soil on which the lawn is being grown. Top dressing with store-bought topsoil should be sufficient for an average lawn, again done annually in the fall. Lawns with serious drainage or quality issues may benefit from specially formulated topsoil and an additional dressing in the spring.
Mowing the lawn is, perhaps, the most obvious activity to undertake, but again the focus should be on achieving healthy grass roots. This means that longer grass is preferable for lawn health, so a high setting on the mower is best. If mowing consecutively, do so in a different direction.
Raking the lawn then removes the clippings created by mowing. In addition, raking can be used to gently remove moss or weeds from the lawn. An electric lawn-raker can make the task less arduous.
Tools and equipment
From mowing and raking to feeding and aerating, the right tools and equipment can help a gardener to get the jobs done more quickly and more consistently. Pat's Small Engine Plus has a varied collection of quality tools for lawn and garden maintenance, and can be a lifesaver for any much needed lawn equipment.