Basic Lawn Care

Lawn Care is an important task in the garden. With regular lawn maintenance it is fairly easy to maintain a lush healthy lawn. We list the three basic aspects of lawn care. Lawn care is best carried out in late winter, early autumn.

The three main aspects of lawn care are lawn aeration, scarifying or de thatching and fertilizing/top dressing.

De-thatching Lawns

The 'Thatch' in a lawn is the material between the root system and the lawn itself, generally it consists of, dead roots, old foliage and other garden material. A little thatch is good, a lot of thatch causes problems.

Lawns become difficult to top dress and fertilise and spongy. De-thatching is carried out with a mechanical de-thatcher or a de-thatching rake.

De compacting lawns

Soil compaction is one of the main problems that affects lawns. Lawn Aerators relieve soil compaction and allow fertilisers, air and water to penetrate deep into the soil to promote a strong root system and healthy growth

Lawn Aerators come in two main forms. Spike Lawn Aerators and Core Lawn Aerators. Spike aerators drive holes into the lawn a regular intervals that allows water and fertiliser to penetrate. Core aerators actually remove a small plug of soil from the lawn.

It is best to aerate your lawn before re seeding or topdressing. Once a year is usually adequate for most lawns, although clay soils will benefit from a twice yearly aeration. For most lawns aeration is best carried out in late winter to early spring.

Seed and fertiliser can be applied at 35grams per square metre (seed at 25grams) remember to top dress after fertilising and using the back of a rake the top dressing/seed/fertiliser mix into he Aerated lawn.