Finally it is that time of year you’ve been not so patiently looking forward to: football is back! One of the most important behind the scenes roles of each match is that of the groundskeeper. Keeping the pitch healthy and green is essential for both team’s performance and stealth. Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your lawn pitch perfect. So that when you aren’t cheering on your team you can star in your own premier league final in your back garden!
Monitor your Mowing
Lawns should be kept at roughly 3 to 4 inches long all year round. Adjust your lawn mower so that you don’t cut off too much as this discourages growth. There are certain times of the year when you should alter the amount of times you cut your grass per month. You will need to mow more frequently during the spring months as this is when grass grows at its fastest rate. Growing slows during summer and autumn so frequent mowing will be less necessary. Mowing is largely at your own discretion so all you need to do is keep an eye on the length of your grass and mow when it appears to be longer than 6 inches. Make sure you sharpen the blades of your lawnmower on a bi-monthly basis to ensure a consistent cut. Blunted lawnmower blades with cut your grass unevenly and roughly, which could lead to browning in patches on your lawn. As premier league teams need to maintain their equipment so do you.
Keep it Fertile
All flora needs a form of fertilisation in order to thrive and grow healthily. Grass is no exception to this rule. Opinion differs greatly as to when to fertilise and what type to use. A good rule of thumb is to decide what you want to achieve when you fertilise. If you want your lawn to grow quickly and abundantly then you should fertilise frequently using a fast action fertiliser. The main problem with this approach is that, although your lawn will grow quickly it will not be as healthy as it could be. Making plants grow quicker than their natural rate can cause a weakening to them and make them brittle. Grass that has been forced to grow faster is more likely to suffer during hot spells in the summer. Therefore if you opt for a slow acting fertiliser it will encourage your lawn to grow at its natural rate and make it stronger and healthier. It is also advisable that you only fertilise your grass once a year during the cooler months. Early spring and late autumn are the best times of the year for grass fertilisation.
Keep it Hydrated
All plants need water in order to grow. Grass is at its best when it gets at least one inch of rain per week, during the hot summer months this doesn’t always happen. The best thing you can do is to water your lawn on extremely hot and sunny days. Make sure you water the grass when the sun isn’t at its fullest. Early morning or late evening is the ideal time depending on when you are free to do it.
Corinne Kemp – Lifestyle and Product Writer for Grassform
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