Is your lawn not looking its best? Is it not the perfect green carpet you want? Don’t worry! Help is at hand!
Here at Cobra we aren’t just experts in making lawnmowers, we also know a thing or two about maintenance too!
Problem: Grass is crisp and dry, and looks like hay
It’s a common misconception that this means the lawn has died. The good news is that might not be the case!
Grass is a plant and in traumatic situations such as extreme heat or drought it does all that it can to protect itself so it may in fact just be dormant and not dead. It’s likely to be working hard underneath the surface to get all the resources it can to its roots to keep it alive. Which is why the grass above the ground loses its lush, green colouring.
To find out if your lawn is dead or dormant, simply give the grass a little pull. If the roots are still established then they will cling on and you’ll face resistance. If it comes up quite easily in your hand then unfortunately it means you’ll need to sow a new lawn.
If it’s still alive then give it a helping hand by raking it gently to remove any dead matter that could easily build up. If it’s been a hot day then don’t forget to water it when you water the rest of your garden and plants. Lawns are often overlooked when the hose or watering can come out!
Problem: Lawn is full of dandelions, weeds, mushrooms and moss
It might sound obvious but the best way to conquer dandelions, weeds, mushrooms and moss long term is to have a healthy lawn! There are quick fixes to remove the immediate problem but without changing the conditions it will just come back time and time again.
Creating a healthy lawn really is the best remedy. A good lawn care regime of scarifying, aerating and mowing will have your lawn thriving in no time. Check out our top tips for the perfect mow!
Dandelions thrive in thin lawns. They have deep roots so simply mowing them down won’t solve it. Hand tools can help you dig up the root but will leave you with a hole so patches will need resowing afterwards.
Mushrooms are caused by decomposing material like old cuttings and thatch so be sure to remove all debris and rake regularly to gather up anything that might create the perfect environment for mushrooms to grow in.
Weedkillers can get rid of these problems but will also kill any grass that they come into contact with too so be careful when applying. For more information on how to find the best weedkiller for your lawn and your problems, read our previous lawncare tips article.
Problem: Patches, stripes or brown spots on the lawn
There can be many causes for this.
One of the most common is dog urine. This can cause small brown spots on the lawn as it contains nitrogen in high concentrate which can kill the grass. The best thing to do is to water the area as quick as you can before the discolouring appears. If left it will eventually repair itself but if you want a quicker fix you can cut out the area and resow the patch with lawn seed.
If the circles are larger this could be a fungus or a disease. If left untreated the fungus will starve the roots of moisture and nutrients causing the grass to die so be sure to treat the area with a fertiliser as soon as possible.
Another cause could be that it has had too much fertiliser, or an uneven application, which has burnt the grass turning it pale yellow or burnt brown. There may also be streaks showing where it was applied. Water it well to help it recover and use a spread in the future to avoid this happening again and to give an even covering.
If you’ve got a petrol-powered mower make sure you keep the petrol away from the grass. This can also cause it to die and discolour.
Problem: Grass covering is too thin
If your lawn is looking a little bare and you can see the soil underneath it’s likely that the soil is compacted and stopping the grass growing properly. Compaction means that the rainwater can’t penetrate and the grass isn’t getting the moisture that it requires.
Aerating is the best way to stop this. This process punches holes into the ground, allowing air and moisture to reach the soil and deliver all it needs to encourage strong, vibrant growth. Overseeding afterwards will also help.
Problem: Build up of dead grass that is matting and turning to thatch
It may seem that your mower isn’t collecting cuttings properly and you feel you frustratingly have to rake up the lawn afterwards. This is unlikely to be to do with the health of your mower but instead is down to the health of your lawn.
If the lawn is full of thatch and dead matter, then mowing will only make this worse. The blades won’t be able to cut the healthy grass and it will all end up sitting on the surface each time that you mow, ultimately building up to be thatch and preventing essential nutrients from reaching the root.
However, mowers do require regular services to keep them kicking over nicely, and to have the blades checked and sharpened to give the perfect cut. Contact your local Cobra dealer to find out more.
How to have a healthy lawn
The running theme in our solutions for solving these problems is to have a healthy lawn in the first place!
Our lawncare tips will help you with this but here are some quick pointers!
For further reading and advice:
Lawncare mowing tips from the experts
Lawncare tips and how to choose the best mower for your garden