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Whether you’re starting from scratch or rejuvenating an existing lawn, there are a few things to consider. If you have a small garden, perhaps a deck or a combination of paving and decorative stones would be a better option? For inspiration, see our decking and patio ideas. Artificial grass is also a great, low-maintenance alternative that offers the look and feel of an immaculate lawn all year round. Take a look at our guide to see our range of artificial grass and its many benefits.
If you have decided that a real lawn is best for you, think about the shape of the lawn in relation to the shape of the garden. This is important both for its appearance and maintaining. Avoid awkward corners and angles and consider how you will turn with the lawnmower.
Grass growing right up to fences and walls is difficult to maintain with a mower. You will either need a strimmer or to build a strip of compacted stone chippings or narrow paving slabs laid along the boundary to allow you to mow right up to the edge. This is also useful between flower borders and lawns as plants can spill out of these onto the grass, making mowing difficult. Alternatively, install an attractive edge to the bed.Shop all Edging & Log Rolls Shop all Sleepers & Raised Bed Kits Shop all Stone Edging
If you want a pathway through the garden, try to incorporate it with the edge of a bed to form a mowing strip along the edge of the lawn. This will look good and it’s practical too. If you need a pathway across the lawn, consider stepping stones. Sink them in so that the surfaces are level with the lawn surface and you can mow straight over them.View all Paving
If starting from scratch, decide whether to opt for seed or turf. Seed is cheaper than turf but takes longer to establish. Turf can give you an almost instant effect and needs to be laid as soon as possible after purchase so make all preparations beforehand. Rolls of turf are heavy so you’ll need a good wheelbarrow and you may need help lifting. Whichever you choose, good ground preparation and Lawn calendera nice level surface is essential. You may need to bring in a layer of soil as a base.How to lay turf
The key to a well groomed, healthy lawn is to give it a little attention throughout the year. It only becomes hard work when it’s neglected and you need to get things back on track. Here are a few tips to keep your grass in peak condition all year round.
Grass grows faster as the weather becomes warmer but so do the weeds and there may be moss after damp winter weather. Now is the time to get on top of this and strengthen the grass.
A couple of weeks after treating weeds or moss, you can tackle any bare patches by oversowing with grass seed or by using a lawn patch product, which is also ideal if there are patches caused by pets or excessive wear. If oversowing, make sure you don’t overdo it (around a handful over 1m2 is plenty) and this will also help thicken a generally thin lawn
Lawns usually get the heaviest use during these months so it’s important to reduce and prevent further stress.
Regular mowing is essential but avoid cutting it too short as this exposes the papery sheaths covering the base of the grass stems, making the lawn look brown and unattractive. A good guide is to reduce the height by no more than one third. Leaving it longer keeps it looking greener and ensures there are enough leaves to feed the grass plants. For greener, stronger and healthier grass, use a conditioner after cutting.
This is a crucial time for lawn care as it’s time to prepare the grass for winter.
The most important lawn care in autumn is the regular collection of leaves as they fall on the lawn. You can collect them using a lawn rake or a rotary mower on a high setting which will chop the leaves, making them easy to compost. Doing this regularly prevents wet leaves sticking to the grass which robs it of air and sunlight and causes decay.
If you haven’t got a compost heap, pack the leaves you’ve gathered into black plastic bags. Add a little water, spike the bag with a fork, tie it up and stack it away in a corner for 6-12 months. The leaves will compost and you will be left with an excellent top dressing for beds and borders.
If the weather is mild and the grass keeps growing, an occasional cut during winter is beneficial. Keep gathering any leaves that fall and you may need to rake out any patches of moss. In frosty weather, try to keep off the grass as walking on it when frozen will cause damage.
Follow our useful tips to design or update a garden layout that meets your needs and interests whilst complementing your home and lifestyle.View guide
Our month by month gardening calendar explains what’s happening in your garden, what maintenance needs doing and when to sow, plant and harvest.Gardening calendar