The lawn between june and august
A healthy green lawn gives the garden a cared for and fresh look. However, grass has a hard time in summer due to the hot temperatures and high humidity. Here are some useful tips for looking after your lawn this month.
Mow regularly - the frequency depends on the rate of growth, of course, but once or twice a week is a good average. In dry, sunny periods, it is better to mow less frequently and let the grass grow longer, as very short grass is more likely to burn and turn yellow. The best time to mow in hot weather is in the evening. This prevents dehydration, as the moisture in the ground evaporates faster through freshly cut grass.
Trimming the edges
A garden looks far neater and tidier if the edges of the lawn are properly trimmed. If you straighten the edges with a spade once a year (in spring), it is easy to maintain them during the rest of the year using edging shears or a trimmer with a nylon thread. Remove the waste to avoid unwanted growth in paths and beds.
Water droplets act like a magnifying glass in sunlight, and this can cause burns in the lawn. Furthermore, most water evaporates immediately in the afternoon, which is another reason for not sprinkling at this time. The best time to sprinkle the lawn is early morning or late afternoon.
It is also better to sprinkle for a long time twice a week rather than every day for a few minutes. If you sprinkle for a short time the water barely penetrates the soil and fails to reach the roots.
However, a short lawn on dry (sandy) soil should be sprinkled every day, otherwise it will turn brown.
Lawn fertiliser strengthens the roots of the grass, helping the lawn to recover. For best results, feed the lawn this month with calcium ammonium nitrate. We always recommend sticking to the instructions on the pack. Using a stronger solution is pointless and may even cause damage, with yellow patches developing in the lawn.
Bare and diseased patches
To keep your lawn attractive and healthy, it is important to attend to any diseased or bare patches. These can be removed and resown. If you want fast results, you could cut out a square of damaged lawn and replace it with a square of turf cut to size.
Moss and old grass
Large areas of moss can be controlled with iron sulphate. If the moss affects the entire lawn, the lawn should be aerated. This is also a good way of removing old and dead grass.
Grass needs air, light and water in order to grow. Moss, weeds and mowing form a layer of thatch that prevents water from draining away properly and keeps air from the roots. Aerating the lawn removes the moss and thatch and cuts through the roots. This allows air and water to reach the roots, stimulating growth considerably.
After aerating the lawn, you could sow extra grass seed. A shade-loving grass variety is suitable. The lawn can then be smoothed out again with the grass roller. The lawn may look rather rough after receiving this treatment, but it will recover after about three weeks.
Never use a lawn aerator on wet grass, as this will do more harm than good.