How to maintain your lawn in summer
During the summer, your lawn will be actively growing and therefore requires regular feeding, watering & mowing. Summer is also a suitable time to seed any patches or sparse areas.
Step 1: Feed your lawn
Warm summer weather will encourage lawns to grow rapidly, using up the nutrients in the soil. Replace these nutrients with regular feeding, encouraging more grass shoots and thickening your lawn. A thicker lawn will also leave less room for invasive weeds.
Step 2: Water your lawn
You should water your lawn if there is a long dry spell (approximately 2 weeks) and the grass appears 'stressed' (i.e. turning silvery blue/wilting). If the ground is very hard, prick it with a fork to allow water to penetrate into the soil. Watering in the morning or evening will help to avoid excessive water loss through evaporation.
Step 3: Regularly mow your lawn
Mow your lawn at least once a week but avoid removing more than 1/3 of the height of the grass in one cut.
- Avoid giving your lawn a light watering every day as you can cause the roots to grow shallow. When it’s dry, a good soaking once or twice a week is much more beneficial for your lawn.
- The best height to achieve and maintain for the grass is around 1 inch. This will help to prevent weeds and moss taking hold.
- Sharpen mower blades at least once a year.