Spring is the perfect time to get your garden back in shape! The team at Everlast Services have put together a helpful guide to answer your top lawn care questions.
Remember, a healthy lawn is your responsibility, and ongoing maintenance is the key to this.
How often should I mow my lawn?
Mowing the lawn isn’t the most thrilling task, but a freshly mowed lawn can really spark excitement and appeal for your guests and passers-by. We recommended mowing your lawn once a fortnight in summer, and between every two and five weeks in autumn and winter.
In spring, there are varying times to mow your lawn, which entirely depend on where you live and the average rainfall. But if you take the science out of it, around once a fortnight should do the trick.
Once you get into the habit, you’ll almost immediately see the benefits of regular mowing. The grass roots will be healthy, strong and lush. It also protects your lawn against any pests or damage. Don’t forget the edgings too!
How often should I aerate my lawn?
Aeration is a crucial technique that circulates air through your lawn. You might’ve seen this before. It involves the creation of deep holes in the soil to destress your lawn and allow water and other important nutrients to reach the roots.
If you have pets or children regularly using the lawn, then we recommend regular aeration in autumn or the early weeks of spring. Depending on the compactness of the soil, you may only need to complete this process once a year.
You don’t even have to spend crazy amounts of money on aerating tools – spiked aerator boots are a simple way to get your lawn flourishing again. It also prevents surface run off and helps water reach deeper spots in your patch.
How often should I water my lawn?
This is an age-old question – but did we ever reach a conclusion? The trick with this is to water your lawn less frequently, but for longer periods of time.
Instead of watering five or six times a week, reduce your watering to twice a week but spend up to an hour soaking the grass. You may need a sprinkler system, or just a basic soaker device for this to happen.
Watering your lawn in the morning or early in the evening are the best times, as it avoids the heat during the middle of the day. Of course, you don’t need to water as frequently in the winter months or when there is heavy rainfall, let nature do the job for you!
What is the best way to fertilise my lawn?
Fertilising your lawn is an essential part of keeping those green shoots growing. There are many types of lawn – couch, buffalo, kikuyu – so make note of what you’ve got and then choose a product for your needs.
The best way to fertilise your lawn and pay attention to every patch is to buy a lawn spreader. This will evenly distribute the fertiliser around your garden. After the fertiliser has been shared around your lawn, water it in with a tonic or concentrate.
If you’re spreading fertiliser, then every four months should do the trick. Or if you’re using a liquid-based solution then keep it up every two months.
Top lawn care tip: Remember not to over-fertilise your lawn as the roots will not be able to support the grass at such a rapid growth.
What is the best way to weed my lawn?
Nobody likes weeds in their lawn, but finding the best way to remove them can be a challenge. The team at Everlast Services suggests a friendly herbicide that will not kill surrounding grass.
There are several weed killers for pre-emergent weeds, like dandelions, or post-emergent weeds. Take the time to inspect your lawn and choose the right solution for you.
Give this process up to two weeks and then review the spots where the liquid was placed. Remember that some weeds will spread seeds around the garden, so weed removal can be an ongoing maintenance task.
Alternatively, if you’ve got the time and energy on your hands, a weed remover tool can also uproot existing weeds.
How can I improve the drainage in my lawn?
We spoke about this a little earlier, but aside from aeration there are several other ways to get your lawn in pristine nick! If you have a lawn with a clay base, this might be a common issue for your lawn care process.
Everlast Services can install a French drain that will suck up all the rainfall. Alternatively, a rain barrel can be attached to existing spouts and catch all rainwater that would usually run down into your lawn.
For properties in regional or rural landscapes, we can even install a berm so the water naturally flows down. You might even want to consider a pond for your front or back garden too!
There you have it, all your top lawn care questions answered!