5 ways to get your lawn ready for the warmer weather

5 ways to get your lawn ready for the warmer weather


Posted 8th February by Peter Byrne

This time of year, it can be difficult for gardeners to know what to do

With the weather up and down, your plants and outdoor area can expect to take a battering - however that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do.

That's where these five tips from Gardeningexpress.co.uk come in...

1. Timing

Enhance the speed that your grass grows at by planting your seeds at the right time of year. These will normally germinate at a faster rate when they're sowed in mid-spring - at this point, simply keep the soil damp with regular watering and douse all the areas. You should avoid attempting to grow them during the summer, as it's unlikely you can water the lawn enough to make sure it doesn't dry out.

2. Flatten the surface

When you're growing grass on a bumpy surface, you need to take some careful steps to make sure it doesn't appear uneven - for instance, levelling out the areas with a rake until everything is smooth. You can then firm the soil by walking over it and placing your weight on your heels. Gardeningexpress.co.uk actually recommend you rake the surface more than once too.

3. Planting

Apply a thin layer of lime to your lawn around 60 days before you start seeding. The magnesium in this helps the grass to grow faster - you can then spread the seed carefully and lightly rake over the area to cover the seed with a layer of dirt. Aim for muddy soil - this is ideal as the seed will adhere to the dirt when it gets exposed to instant moisture.

4. Nurturing

After you've planted the seed, spread a thin layer of fertilizer on top of the surface. You can then cover it with hay and lightly penetrate the soil so you can drive the seed into the ground, which ensures the seeds germinates and prevents any gaps from being left on the lawn. As the grass starts to appear, you can then fertilize the area so you can maximise your yield.

5. Aftercare

With grass embracing the daylight, you should stretch fruit netting over the top to keep the seeds safe from opportunistic birds. You could also cordon off the area with string and canes to make sure no one tramples on it, damaging the soil and grass in the process. Make sure you've removed any weeds before they begin to flower too.






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