Your lawn needs a little pampering now and then to look good and resist the attentions of weeds, moss and disease. Follow the advice below and we can promise that the grass will never look greener on the other side.
Before you get the lawn mower out for the first time, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at your lawn. Pick up any twigs, stones and other items that don’t belong on the lawn. But wait until the lawn is really green before you rake it, otherwise you could damage it. You can give the lawn its first cut when the grass gets longer than 40–60 mm.
Never cut more than half the length of the grass blades at each mowing. As a rule of thumb the grass should not be shorter than four centimetres. You should avoid mowing when it is very hot and sunny, as the grass is at its most vulnerable then. And of course it’s more relaxing for you to mow in the cool of the evening.
How often you need to fertilise the lawn depends on the amount of wear it is subject to. However, three times a year is suitable for the average lawn: in spring to help the grass revive after winter, in late summer to support strong growth, and in autumn to provide energy reserves until next spring.
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