Park’s very own Lawn Experts answer some of your most frequently asked questions about Lawn Care!
How do I care and look after my lawn?
Regular maintenance will help to counteract wear and tear. Raking, aerating, top dress, feed your lawn and never cut the grass too short. Regular mowing also helps to keep the grass healthy.
Remember having a good lawn maintenance plan is the key to all good lawns.
What should I do to avoid getting weeds in my lawn?
Weeds are common and keep your eye on your lawn to ensure that they are not spreading quickly, your maintenance will help. Feed and weed the lawn in early summer then cut the grass on a regular basis, allowing your lawn to thicken and preventing weeds from spreading. If you have bare patches, make sure you reseed them.
Feeding my lawn, how do I do this and how often should I do this?
Twice in the early part of the year, once around April and again in June with a high nitrogen fertiliser and again to get the grass ready for the following year in autumn apply a fertiliser with superphosphates for root development.
What is aerating?
Aerating simply means lifting the lawn and creating new holes to give you a more even coverage. Begin by spiking the lawn, which helps to create less compaction and aerates the soil so new roots can push into the newly developed holes. Try sprinkling or brushing new compost into the open holes to help with the process.
Rather than using a weed killer is there another way to keep my lawn weed free without using pesticides?
In an established lawn the weeds will need to be dug out using a hand fork or knife and make sure you get out the root and refill the hole with compost and reseed. Regular maintenance of your lawn will help. Spreading weeds like Speedwell, Daisy’s and Pearlwort are much harder to get rid of without using a chemical lawn weedkiller.
Does my lawn need watering or will the rain suffice?
Watering your lawn is important to help it stay healthy. If you want a nice green lawn you will need to water the lawn on a regular basis. Watch out for extreme dry periods and ensure that you are watering your lawn as much as you can.
My lawn is patchy, what should I do?
A patchy lawn can be down to just general wear and tear. A good idea is to reseed the worn patches in April or September which are probably the most ideal times for germination.
Can I compost lawn clippings from a treated lawn?
You can compost the grass cuttings from a treated lawn all through the year but mix larger waster products to stop the grass from making a sticky mess. If you have used a Hormone weedkiller do not put your clippings on the compost heap for the next three cuts, make sure you store them separately for the at least six months.
My lawn has yellow patches all over it and seems to be attracting big black birds, what is going on?
They are after leather jackets in the lawn which are feeding on the roots of the grass causing the yellow patches. This generally appears in March to May and in the autumn. Using a lawn grub killer such as Provado can help with this problem.
How do I get straight edges in the lawn?
An easy trick is to use a straight piece of wood on the edge of your lawn. Use a half moon cutter and cut along the edge of your lawn following the line of your wood.
I keep getting flowers appear in my lawn, what should I do?
Flower seeds can be spread just by the wind, so this is completely natural, however using a selective weedkiller that kills weeds and not the grass will help. Verdone liquid lawn weeder is a great product to use.
I have mind-your-own-business in my lawn, how can I get rid of this?
Mind your own business is a native of Corsica and Sardinia and is occasionally grown in rock gardens and in greenhouses. It readily colonises crevices in dry stonewalls but can be a nuisance in borders and lawns, where it is regarded as a weed. You can use a weedkiller when feeding the lawn (Weed and Feed) but mind your own business may need a selective weedkiller for Lawns (Verdone) to get rid of this problem.
My lawn is thinning, help!
This can be caused by a starving lawn which needs feeding in spring and autumn. Other causes could be wear and tear, poor maintenance, poor aeration of incorrect mowing. If you would like more advice on any of your problems, try and take a picture bring it in for us and we can then advise on the best course or action for your lawn.
Keeping a regular maintenance plan will help with a successful lawn.