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Five tips for keeping your lawn beautiful in summer

Why does it please the eye so much more when an expanse of grass looks neatly manicured?
Why does it please the eye so much more when an expanse of grass looks neatly manicured?

Summer's here and the temperatures are rising. It's time to make the most of the great outdoors and enjoy your backyard.

Whether it be family get-togethers, barbecues with friends, or just a rumble on the grass with the kids, the lawn is sure going to get a work out.

Garden and lawn care expert Victa has some handy tips to ensure your lawn stays in tip top condition.

Raise the mowing height a little bit

Taking the mowing height up a notch will do wonders for your lawn during summer.

You never want to cut more than one third the height of your lawn in a single mowing.

If you don't scalp your lawn, it will make weed encroachment more difficult.

A longer leaf blade will keep your yard appearing greener while the roots have a chance to grow deeper, which helps the lawn during times of drought.

About 3-4cm is a good length for healthy lawn.

What is the best time to mow your lawn?  

Lawn mowing should not be done when the grass is wet (as this can allow diseases to get a foothold).

Also, lawn mowing in the late afternoon/early evening puts less stress on the lawn than mowing when the sun is pounding down in the middle of the day.

When to water?

Before 10am is the best time of day to water the lawn because the air is cooler and it's usually less windy.

In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly.

And in the evenings, water can cling to the grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases like fungus.

Along with mowing the grass too short, watering at night is about the worst thing to do for a lawn.

Frequent light watering does more harm than good because it encourages shallow root growth, so ensure you give the lawn a long, deep watering to encourage deep, strong roots.

Have you had your soil tested lately?

A soil test will tell you how much, if any, nutrients your lawn needs.

It is the only way to determine whether or not liming is needed, and how much to apply.

A soil test is also a valuable tool for diagnosing problems with your lawn, garden and landscape plants.

Is your soil compacted? 

Aerating benefits your lawn in several ways: by reducing soil compaction, controlling thatch, stimulating new root growth and improving water, air and nutrient filtration.

A good time to top dress with compost is right after you aerate. 

All soils benefit from the addition of organic matter.
 

Topics:  gardening, mowing, summer




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