The lawn between June and August
Every week between the months of June and August the lawn can be mowed at least once a week or even more. The edges will also need tidying up weekly.
- Mow as necessary
- Trim lawn edges every week
- Feed every month with calcium ammonium nitrate
- Sprinkle in dry weather
- Apply a top dressing
- Aerate the lawn
A healthy green lawn gives the garden a bright, 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.
The best time to sprinkle the lawn is early morning or late afternoon. When the sun is high water droplets act like a magnifying glass in sunlight, and this can cause burns in the lawn. Indeed, most of your water will evaporate immediately in the early afternoon, making this not the best time to sprinkle.
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. When you prepare the solution, always keep to the instructions on the pack. Using a stronger solution provides no benefits and may even cause damage, with yellow patches developing in the lawn.