Spring has arrived and we’ve been enjoying some welcome warmer weather. The whole garden needs some attention at this time of year – planting, trimming hedges and giving everything a bit of a spring clean after winter. Many of us have found ourselves with a little extra time this spring, so use it to get your lawn looking tip-top!
As grass grows at temperatures above 5°C, you’ve probably trimmed your lawn a few times already this year. Add a couple of extra steps into your lawncare regime and reap the rewards for months to come. To help your lawn look its best, carry out a simple care and maintenance routine a couple of times a year in spring and autumn. To encourage strong spring growth, lightly rake it to remove any moss and debris that may have accumulated – this will help to improve the air flow and drainage around the blades of grass, helping moisture to reach the soil below.
If your lawn is suffering from compaction, which is evident if the ground is very hard, rainwater runs off easily without soaking into the ground, and/or there is a layer of thatch (dead grass and roots) between the fresh grass growth and the soil, then you may need to use a scarifier to solve the problem if a manual rake isn’t up to the job. Our SA32E Electric Scarifier and Aerator has the ability to both scarify and aerate your lawn, which will allow air and moisture to reach the soil and encourage strong, vibrant growth.
Applying a lawn treatment, to feed the existing grass, target weeds in the lawn and re-seed sparse patches is easy, as there are plenty of all-in-one solutions on the market. If your lawn suffers from a specific issue, it might be best to buy a specifically designed product to solve the problem. If you need to re-seed patches of lawn, deter birds from eating the seed by mixing it with a bit of sand. Lawn feed products will be marked with an NPK label followed by a series of numbers.
These numbers are a percentage representing Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium – the three main elements that deliver nutrients to the plants and grass.
For example, NPK 20-30-10 is 20% nitrogen, 30% phosphorus and 10% potassium. Among other things, each helps with the following:
Nitrogen: boosts growth speed and colour
Phosphorous: helps the grass withstand stress and stimulates root growth
Potassium: reduces disease and strengthens the grass
There is no one size fits all, you should purchase the best NPK level for your lawn requirements. For example, an established lawn will need a product with a higher Nitrogen level whereas a new lawn will need more Phosphorus to stimulate root growth, but a stressed lawn will need more Potassium to give it a helping hand.
After raking or scarifying, you can begin mowing your lawn every fortnight, making sure not to cut it too short as this will strip it of essential moisture and cause it to dry out. As spring progresses into summer, you can start mowing the lawn more regularly as it will grow faster. We have more than 100 lawnmowers in our range, so there is a perfect solution for every lawn – large or small, flat or sloping.
Our wide range of mowers offers petrol, electric and battery powered options, to suit every garden. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with our award-winning MX3440V Cordless Mower. It lets you get more done without the need for cables and has five different cutting heights. It’s ideal for small or medium sized gardens. It’s great for people trying to choose more environmentally friendly alternatives too.
For the ultimate in ‘green’ lawnmowing, try our HM381 Cylinder Mower. It’s a hand push lawn mower with a capacious grass bag that’s great for cutting small or medium sized lawns. At £49.99 it’s one of the cheapest in our range too, showing that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a lush, green lawn.
If you have a sloping lawn, a self-propelled model like our MX46S40V Cordless Mower will make light work of the gradient. It has seven cutting heights and a mulching function. Many of our mowers are equipped with a mulching function, allowing you to recycle the grass by finely cutting and re-cutting the clippings. As the clippings decompose, nutrients and fertilisers are returned to the soil meaning you can cut the grass and fertilise at the same time!
If you lust after those neat green stripes, our RM4140V Cordless Rear Roller Mower will do the trick. It will help you create an enviable, classic lawn.
For the ultimate in lawncare, our MX515SPBI Mower offers power, style and reliability. It’s powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine and is equipped with a durable aluminium deck. It has five gears and is self-propelled for ease of operation.