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Growing and maintaining the perfect lawn

2There is nothing quite like a lawn to transform a decent garden into a beautiful one, but growing it in the first place and then keeping it in pristine condition is not as easy at is might seem. To start with, the correct seed is all important as get a seed not intended for general lawn use and you can give yourself quite a headache in the years to come. But you cannot go wrong if you get your lawn seed from

Where you live is also a factor as to which grass to grow and how well it will thrive and what it is to be used for. Areas that get lots of wear and tear, such as football pitches for example, have to consist of a different kind to those that add aesthetics and kerb appeal to a suburban home. Then there are those places which are hard get to with a mower who require one of the slower growing grasses so it doesn’t need mowing very often.

If you have a garden where your lawn in partially in the shade then a seed mix is the best way to go and even with the shade you will be able to grow a lawn that looks uniform as opposed to patchy. These mixtures are specially formulated so the grass thrives in the same way as that which enjoys a much higher level of sunlight. You can also buy seed that is tougher for areas where kids play or if you have dogs.

To achieve the best results, lawn seed should be sown between April and September, and those who sow later in the year will have to wait until the next year to enjoy the spoils of their labours. Seed should be sown into a seedbed which is both fine and firm, and you should roll it immediately after planting. Regular watering will be needed if you have sown just before the summer and there is a shortage of rainfall.

After its winter dormancy, both new and established lawns will start growing in the early spring and during the winter months grass goes into a mode which is best described as a cross between hibernation and survival. Doing the best for your lawn during this time is the best way of preparing for the coming growing season however, so don’t think just because it is hibernating you should ignore it.

Always keep your lawn clear of leaves and any other debris that can break down as this can damage your lawn and result in bald patches once the growing season starts. If you have had anything standing on your lawn through the summer make sure it is also removed as the wet, winter weather can have a bad effect on the areas the furniture feet stands on. There is no need to water your grass during the winter, and don’t try to sow seeds either, just leave it until the correct time to fill in any gaps as they simply won’t take in the winter.


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