Tips for Keeping Your Lawn in Top Condition

If you have spent considerable time and effort growing your lawn from scratch or indeed have laid one using turf then you will want to make sure that during the course of the year it stays in pristine – or as near to pristine condition – as you can.

With that in mind we look at what are the most common ways of ensuring that your lawn both looks healthy and grows healthily.


A common mistake many gardeners – especially first time gardeners – make is to over feed their lawn. You may use organic or chemically-based feeds for this task but the trick is to introduce just the right amount of feed to the lawn be it grass or turf.

One of the best ways of doing this is to use a soluble feed that when mixed with water can be spread evenly over a designated area ensuring blanket coverage without overfeeding.


During the summer months it is important to water your lawn and make sure it has enough water to keep it moist and allow it to grow. The best time to water your lawn in the summer months is either first thing in the morning or last thing at night when the temperatures are lower.

Try and avoid watering lawns in the middle of the day during the summer as this only seeks to evaporate the water leaving the soil below dry and cracked.

Likewise in the winter months you may only need to water once in a while especially if there is a reasonable rainfall. If there is a lot of rain then watering is not necessary and again in the summer months if there is a lot of rainfall – as there has been in Britain in recent years – then watering should only be done after a period of days have elapsed without rain.

It is important to remember that over watering is one of the most common ways in which to damage a grass or turf lawn.

Cutting the Grass

Your lawn will need regular cutting in the summer months – usually around once a week. You should lower the blades on your mower to give a short cut – but not too short – so that the grass or turf has chance enough to grow without becoming long and unkempt.

In the winter months raise the blades of your lawn mower so that the grass is cut but cut slightly higher; in winter the grass will grow more slowly so cutting it too short may leave some patches of lawn more exposed than others.

General Maintenance

If a lawn is such that it is prone to a heavy amount of animal or human traffic then it is best to use a garden rake or hoe to scarify the lawn. This process cuts down on the build up of thatch which is dead grass that settles under new grass and between the bottom of new grass and soil. Thatch can come about if the garden is not scarified after mowing or if there is a lot of traffic that can push dead grass down.

Also scarifying the lawn gives the opportunity to remove any other unwanted debris such as stones, worm casts and branches that can lead to the introduction of moulds or fungi to the lawn.

If possible once you have laid your new lawn, work out a schedule for carrying out such garden maintenance and also consult your local garden centre or nursery for advice on any other solutions they can recommend in order to keep your lawn looking pristine.

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