Essential Lawn care

Thursday, 21 March 2024

With spring fast approaching our garden maintenance team are at the ready to help keep your gardens in tip top condition throughout the coming season. From weeding to pruning, grass cutting to strimming, they are a talented bunch who know how to care for your garden properly. However, if you want some insider essential lawn care tips to help you look after your own grass, here are some of our trade secrets…

Our professional maintenance team can look after all your lawn needs

Our professional maintenance team can look after all your lawn needs

The essential tasks

The immediate effect of the essential tasks such as mowing, watering, feeding and weeding is to keep the lawn looking attractive, but there is also a vital long-term effect. The vigour of the desirable grasses is maintained and increased so that unwelcome invaders such as weeds, moss and some diseases find it harder to gain a foothold.

Mow regularly

The number one essential task is correct mowing. This means beginning and ending at the proper time with the blades set at the correct height. Blades must be sharp and properly set.


Water before the lawn turns brown: The first effect of drought is a loss of springiness and a general dullness of the turf. Look for these signs after about 7 days of dry weather during the summer. Water copiously; a light sprinkling every day can do more harm than good.

With a lot of TLC you can have a lovely lawn to enjoy

With a lot of TLC you can have a lovely lawn to enjoy

Trim the edges

A lawn with overgrown grass at the edges can be an eyesore. Make sure the mower can reach right up to the edge then trim around the edges. Make sure edging tools are clean and sharp.


Feeding is key to your essential lawn care tips. Feed with nitrogen-rich fertiliser in spring or early summer: The constant cropping of the grass foliage is a serious drain on the nutrient reserves in the soil, so a routine feed is essential at the early part of the growing season. Autumn feeding to build up the root system and increase disease resistance is a useful procedure. Ensure that you choose a treatment that is intended for autumn use.

Nice edging gives the lawn a sharp look

Nice edging gives the lawn a sharp look


Rake during the spring and again in the autumn: Raking the lawn with a spring-tine rake has several benefits. The build-up of thatch is prevented and surface debris is removed. The removal of fallen leaves in autumn is essential – never leave them on the lawn surface over winter. Raking up creeping stems of weeds before mowing helps with their control.

Remove worm casts

Worm casts should never be ignored. When squashed underfoot the surface is rendered uneven and the bare earth makes an ideal seed bed for weeds. When casts appear scatter them with a besom or stiff broom before mowing and removing the clippings using a grass box. Using a treatment such as Castclear can help prevent worm casts without harming the worms.

Weed killing

Kill weeds and moss when they appear: Don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand. Occasional weeds can be pulled out by hand and occasional patches of moss indicate that the growing conditions have to be improved. By keeping on top of weeds and moss you can avoid the need to add nasty chemicals to the lawn.

Aerate the lawn

The lawn is aerated by driving a fork or other spiked instrument at intervals so as to relieve compaction – drainage is improved and new growth is stimulated. Aerate at least once a year if the ground is badly compacted and moss is present.

Aerating your lawn will help keep bogginess at bay

Aerating your lawn will help keep bogginess at bay

Top dress the lawn

Top dressing is the application of a bulky mixture, usually made up of peat, loam and sand. This dressing should be ap[plied every autumn, and it is an essential technique if you want a really first rate lawn. The vigour of the grass is improved and minor hollows are removed.

For more essential lawn care tips read our blog Grass-ias.

Hopefully the above will be of use to you but should you require any help with your lawn please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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