Green green grass of home!

Green green grass of home!

Green green grass of home!

I love a good lawn. My background is with London’s Royal Parks (particularly Regent’s Park, where there were some parts with very fine, bowling green-like lawns). A velvety sward is what we all dream of…but even a functional back garden lawn used for playing ball games and hosting barbecues needs looking after, too.

To get the very best from my lawn I feed it now, with some high quality grub. Cheap lawn foods either tend to lack certain nutrients, or they are in such small quantities that they are absorbed by the lawn over a weekend and the grass gets hungry again within days. So when it comes to feeding the lawn, it pays to use a trusted name – such as Westland Aftercut All In One.

It’s also the easy way to get a lush, green lawn. It feeds the grass (the high nitrogen content provides an obvious greening of the grass usually within seven days) AND it also kills weeds and moss.

This all-purpose lawn feed comes in various sizes: 80sqm spreader and refill, 80sqm box, 150sqm box, 400sqm bag, 500sqm bag and 600sqm bag. And I see there are some places selling great value £10 boxes this spring (whilst stocks last).

The spreader and refill container that I’m using is brilliant, and so easy. Start by twisting the head, removing the sticky seal, replacing the head and then get going. The spreader device means that you will find it practically impossible to overfeed the grass – just walk up and down the lawn, at the rate of about 10m in 15 seconds, to give it an even feed.

If you buy and use the boxes or bags of Aftercut All In One (rather than the spreader and refill container), it is a good idea to mark out square metres of lawn with string or canes, to help you assess how much of the loose feed you are applying.

Incidentally, (humour warning!), do you think an early pioneer of Aftercut All In One could have been the late Canadian actor famous for his roles in Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica? His name? Lorne Green!

Go on…if you haven’t already done it, don’t waste any more time! Get out there and attend to your lawn this weekend!

Final tip: A week or two after applying Aftercut All In One, ‘scarify’ the lawn: rake it vigorously (or use an electric scarifier, as this saves a lot of back-breaking effort) to remove the dead moss, as well as any old, rotting grass leaves, called ‘thatch’.

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