How to look after your lawn in the summer
Summertime, the time of year we get to enjoy our gardens the most. From admiring the flowers in full bloom and picking the plentiful fruit, to sitting back in your favourite sun spot enjoying a cheeky tipple listening to the tennis.
Summer in the garden is all about enjoying the lawn and making the most of your outside space. It’s the perfect place to host garden parties, BBQs, sunbathing and even garden games. It's been a hot start to summer this year, so don't worry too much about the damage; your lawn is there to be enjoyed and as long as you follow the advice below, it will bounce back quickly.
Allowing the grass to grow a little longer than normal will help reduce the stress on your lawn, just amend the mower blade setting a little higher to achieve this. Even though you want the grass to be a little longer it is still recommended to mow at least twice a week, if there are particularly harsh periods of drought then it should be pushed back to once a week. Persistent hot and dry weather can quickly affect the appearance and overall health of your grass, so moisture is key, water deeply 2-3 times per week.
Not ideal for the hay fever sufferers amongst us, but leave the grass clippings on the lawn after it’s mowed to act as a mulch once in a while. This will help to conserve moisture in your lawn. If you are planning on going away on holiday then it's best to cut the lawn as close as possible to your departure from home.
Feed and condition
To keep your lawn looking green and healthy during the summer wear and tear, it needs to receive some TLC in the form of feed and conditioning. All lawns need feeding in order to maintain strength. Try Aftercut 3 Day Green, it is the quickest way to a great looking lawn. It feeds and conditions for a greener, stronger & healthier lawn without the risk of scorching. 3 Day Green will also protect against hot, dry weather, as a well-prepared lawn that has been properly fed and treated is better able to withstand and recover from drought.
Keep on top of weeds and moss
It's always best to remove any obvious weeds from your lawn as they will compete with the grass for moisture, and unfortunately the moss can often win. Aftercut All in One is a triple action lawn treatment that greens and feeds your lawn, whilst controlling weeds and moss.
Moss will blacken as it dies. Any discolouration or blackening of the grass is temporary so don’t panic. Just remember to water the granules in well within 48 hours if no rain falls. The lawn can be mowed 3-4 days after treatment. After 7 days the lawn will become greener. The dead moss should then be raked out between one and two weeks after the lawn treatment has been applied.
Start planning for a new lawn
It's not a good idea to sow a new lawn in the summer months as the soil is too dry. Postpone sowing until early autumn when your new lawn has a much better chance of success. There’s plenty you can do in the summer to prepare for this:
- Mark the area where you want to sow you new lawn with string
- Kill of any weeds with Resolva 24H
- Dig over the whole area, breaking up big lumps of soil
- Rake over the ground so it is as level as possible
- Wait until autumn to sow your lawn, read our guide to find out more