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Some year round tips for lawn improvement

Early season

The first cut should come as the weather starts to improve usually late march early April. Mow the lawn in both directions to ensure all blades of grass get cut. Clean up clippings that have strayed from the box with a rake.

Aerate lawns early in season to encourage growth and improve drainage is poor. This can be done by pushing a garden fork 10-15cm into the soil or using a lawn aerator working backwards, spiking the lawn at 15cm intervals.

Mowing

Mow your lawn as often as required (usually weekly) not letting it grow 1cm beyond your ideal height. Keep mowing lawn at these regular intervals to keep it looking healthy, dense and even. Cutting deck height is key to a healthy lawn maintain consistency with your height and avoid “scalping” as this will encourage weed growth. Always clean up clippings that have strayed from the box with a light rake.

Weeding

Dig out dandelions and plantains with a hand fork or old knife cut deep into the root and pull out weed.
Apply a selective lawn weedkiller or a Lawn feed weed and mosskiller such as Westland Aftercut or Mobacter
Rake out dead weeds and moss after the cycle of the weed/moss killer is completed. At this point your lawn will look in poor condition continue to mow as usual and your lawn will thicken this can be aided by raking in fresh topsoil and applying a scattering of lawn seed.

Feeding

Feed with an after cut product such as Aftercut lawn Thickener or slow-release fertiliser such as chicken manure pellets. Ensure to water in products if rain is not forecast.

Keep the lawn lush by applying slow-release fertiliser to established areas, and add a milder, diluted liquid seaweed feed to recently re-sown patches.

Repairing Patches

Repair bare patches within the lawn loosen up the soil, scatter seeds then cover with a light sprinkle of fresh topsoil. Protect freshly sown seed with netting homemade scarecrow techniques to keep birds away.

Firm in the roots of recently sown areas to ensure good establishment. You can do this by gently walking over in flat shoes or use a light roller.
Avoid freshly seeded areas of lawn when mowing to allow seed to sprout avoid patches until the grass is at least 3-4cm tall and keep these areas well watered during dry spells.

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