Lawn care guide

There's so much more to creating the perfect lawn than simply running your lawnmower around the garden. Here's our guide to give your lawn the TLC it deserves.

Lawn care guide.

How to create the perfect lawn

Define your border

Use an edging tool to cut away plant growth and give your garden a smart, defined border. Grass trimmers are versatile, but they can't always get into difficult areas or tackle tough, rogue roots. Reach for some secateurs or shears to tidy up the last few troublesome spots.

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The all-important first cut

Cut in spring once your grass is 5-8cm tall and your lawn is nice and dry. Set your lawnmower to remove just the top 2cm for best results. Getting the first cut right is essential. Cut just the right amount, and you will stimulate thick, healthier grass. Cut too deep and you'll stunt its growth.

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Trimming the edges

A grass trimmer is the perfect gardening tool for cutting the grass your lawnmower can't reach. They use a nylon cord instead of a blade, allowing you to cut safely against paving, walls and other features.

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When to scarify your lawn

Late spring (mid-April) and autumn (September) are the best times to scarify your lawn. You should only scarify your lawn when the grass is growing strongly. Scarifying removes dead grass and moss so fresh grass can breathe and get better access to nutrients.

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When to water your lawn

The early morning is the best time to water your lawn, giving it plenty of time to dry before nightfall. For best results soaking the lawn will help it develop deep roots. Heavy soils should be watered less often and less heavily but for longer periods of time.

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Top tips for lawn care

Let the grass grow

It can damage your grass if you cut it too short, keeping your grass a bit taller will help your lawn stay healthy.

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Attack the weeds

Don't give weeds the chance to develop deep roots, it's best to remove them in spring or early summer.

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Aerate your soil

Aerating makes little holes in the soil surface so more oxygen can get to grass roots. You can use a garden fork for this or a mechanical aerator.

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Don't waste it

Make sure you gather up all your waste after scarifying your lawn, it's great for making compost.

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