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The grass will be greener...

The grass will be greener...

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This is a good time to improve the lawn. The weather is getting warmer, the grass is growing quickly and any remedial work which makes the lawn look damaged is quickly rectified because the grass soon recovers.

Lawns look unattractive because mowing is not done regularly. The grass gets too long and the mower struggles, so it’s best to cut the grass before it grows too high and then the job is done far more quickly.

A spring feed will brighten up the grass 10 days after the application is made.

There are several brands available. The granular or pelleted fertilisers are best because they provide food for the lawn for several weeks. Read the instructions on the pack before buying because some lawn dressings have moss and weedkiller included. These are more expensive, but they are effective if the application is done correctly.

Broken edges to a lawn are a nuisance but this can be overcome by cutting out a piece of turf about a foot wide and 18 inches long. Remove the piece of turf with a sharp spade and turn the turf around so the broken edge is on the inside of the lawn. Now top-dress the damaged part with sieved topsoil or John Innes compost and work grass seed into the damaged area. In a month’s time it will be perfect.

Depressions can be rectified by lifting the turf, adding more soil and replacing the turf, but there is an easier way.

Using sieved John Innes compost and a decent plank, the compost can be levelled in the way that builders do when tamping concrete. Grass seed can then be sown and lightly raked in and watered afterwards.

Blades of grass will soon shoot up and after six weeks the lawn will be transformed.

Humps usually mean lifting turf but, again, there is an easier way. Buy a hollow tiner. This is a device to remove cores of soil about four inches long and is pushed into the lawn with the foot.

Insert the tiner all over the hump and then, using the back of a spade, gently pat the lawn and the hump will sink. If it doesn’t, make more holes.

Worn areas, especially at the edge of the grass where everyone walks onto the lawn, can be overcome by replacing that grass with a stone slab. Put the slab onto the lawn, use a sharp spade or half-moon around the edge of the stone, remove the turf a little deeper than the slab. Now insert the stone below the level of the grass otherwise it will make mowing difficult.

Finally, if the lawn is patchy, mix 1lb of grass seed with 10lbs of moist John Innes seed compost. Leave this in a black polythene bag for seven to 10 days. The seeds will chit (germinate) and after lightly raking over the patches apply this mixture. Water afterwards and about a month later your patches will disappear. This amount will treat 10 square yards.

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This is a good time to improve the lawn. The weather is getting warmer, the grass is growing quickly and any remedial work which makes the lawn look damaged is quickly rectified because the grass soon recovers.

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