Looking out onto a brown, bare, patchy lawn can be a really depressing experience, but you don’t have to live like that! There is help out there that you can access so you don’t do the washing-up while overlooking a wasteland You have to make some effort, though, as it the transformation from Death Valley to Fertile Fields doesn’t just happen.
Start by treating the soil
You’ll almost certainly need to visit this website to select and order some seeds suitable for your soil type and location, but before you do any sowing, you need to prepare the ground. Soil needs to be fed and to start with, you’ll need fertilisers with phosphates in rather than nitrogen. Nitrogen comes later, when the grass is growing.
Have a gardening calendar
You don’t need anything too complicated, just some dates marked on an organiser or on an app to remind you when to buy which sort of fertiliser.
When it’s autumn and winter you need potassium in the soil, as this is a slow-release nutrient and helps to strengthen the roots of your grass. This sort of treatment needs to be applied in October, November and December.
Once spring arrives, shorter-term, faster-release fertilisers with more nitrogen in are necessary. These nutrients are used up quickly so you’ll need to add them every six weeks until the start of August.
Take control of the weeds and moss
Weeds and moss compete with your grass for space, water and nutrients, so keeping them at a minimum is vital if you want a thick green lawn. You can get fertilisers that don’t just feed grass but keep weeds and mosses down too. You need to apply this sort of treatment in September when the weeds are still growing and taking in the chemicals.
Don’t forget about watering!
Although we don’t really get droughts in the UK, you still need to water your lawn to keep it lush. Make sure your hosepipe reaches all the far corners and nooks in your garden. It’s also important to identify and understand the sort of soil you have. If your soil is quite loamy or clay-heavy then it’ll drain slowly, whereas sandier soil will drain rapidly and need a few extra sprinkles. Whichever type you have, you should look out for the blades of grass curling in along their lengths – this means they’re drying up.
Your lawn actually needs deep watering with longer periods of time in between than you might imagine. A quick sprinkle every day or so won’t allow for the water to penetrate into the ground, which means the roots don’t have to reach down to chase it. Grass needs deeper roots for stability and for long-term access to nutrients.
Fill in those bald patches
If there’s a few stubborn sparse patches where the grass doesn’t seem to want to fill in, then you can always try over-seeding them. This involves sprinkling extra seeds so that you get some more growth there.