Here are a few basic preparations to ensure that your lawn will be looking beautiful by the time summer is in full swing.
“Caring for your lawn doesn’t need to be a tedious task,” says Chané Hendricks, business manager for Garden Master. “By simply following some basic steps you can get your lawn summer ready quite quickly.”
Here is some lawn care advice from Garden Master:
Get equipment serviced
Get started by taking your lawnmower and weed eater to a reputable agent for a proper service. To ensure stress-free mowing, it is important to have working plugs and smooth running engines. It is important to also check whether new cutting blades should be fitted, or if the old ones can be sharpened.
Consider the height
Mow the lawn and aim for the grass to be around 2,5cm in height. There are of course exceptions and it is important to consider the rainfall region you live in as it is suggested to wait for the ‘spring treatment’ until September in very cold areas.
Rake after mowing
After you have mowed your lawn, rake through, across and downwards to remove dead mat. It is best to use a sharp-toothed steel rake like the, Garden Master All Steel Rake.
Get that folk ready
Once you have completed raking your garden, take either a hollow-tined or an ordinary garden fork and drive it into the turf every 20 to 30cm. Work the prongs down as far as they can go and wriggle the fork about. “This technique allows air, food and water to reach the root system”, says Hendricks. “Once you have done this you will need to feed your lawn”.
There are several products, both chemical and organic, that you can use in order to do so, such as Garden Master’s Organic Lawn Dressing which will promote strong root and cell growth first. It is important to water the lawn the day before. When applying Garden Master’s all-purpose Organic Fertiliser, be sure to check the instructions on the product as it should be done at the recommended rate. Water the lawn again after feeding as fertilisers can burn a dry lawn.
Dress the lawn
Once your lawn has dried well, laying on a top dressing is a great way to smooth out your lawn and encourage new growth.
Garden Master offers a quality organic compost that will improve drainage and water holding capacity. A 3cm layer should be applied to the lawn – you can level it out by using a flat board tied to the end of your rake. “It is suggested to start watering again as soon as the blades of grass start showing through”, added Hendricks.
Garden Master has great value products available for all your gardening needs. For more information, visit www.gardenmaster.co.za