I’m a gardening pro – 7 easy ways to get the greenest lawn including my ‘top dressing’ solution
GARDENING experts have shared seven easy tips to get the greenest lawn.
One piece of advice even includes an extra trick for growing grass faster.
Chris Bonnett, the founder of GardeningExpress, shared his personal methods for how he keeps his grass lean and green throughout the seasons.
“Everyone wants gorgeous green grass for summer, especially if you’re entertaining,” he said.
The expert explained that first impressions are important and what better way to surprise and delight with a beautiful lawn?
“The lawn is an important part of the garden and when it’s taken care of, tidy and green, it can automatically make the garden appear neater and more presentable.
“There are a few routine things you can do to keep your grass looking healthy and bright like adding fertilizer, leaving grass clippings, and top dressing,” he said.
First, the expert recommended keeping consistent with a fertilizer routine.
“Ideally, you want to fertilize your grass a few times throughout the year – once at the start of Spring, once in the summer, and once in the early autumn,” he said.
“Mow your lawn and lay down your fertilizer with a spreader which will ensure you have an even coverage.
“Leave this to settle in the grass for around 24 hours then give it a light water. After that, avoid watering the grass for a few days so that the fertilizer can do its job. Once you’ve done this you can get back to watering your grass as normal.”
If you’re in a rush for a full lawn, Chris raved about the effects of “top dressing” a few weeks after fertilizing your grass: “Mix together materials like sand, soil loam, and peat and apply this to your dry grass,” he said.
“The materials will transfer nutrients back into the soil and promote growth.”
Another way to quicken up the process of growth is to properly utilize grass clippings by leaving them on your grass after mowing.
“This way, the clippings decompose and transform healthy nutrients that promote growth back into the soil, keeping your grass healthy,” Chris explained.
Small details in your detail make a big difference as well, including the durations of watering and grass length.
“Try and give your grass a longer and deeper water a few times a week in order to penetrate right down to the roots,” Chris said.
“You may think that you’re keeping your lawn nice and tidy by having short grass but actually it could be doing more harm than good.
“Shorter grass means less photosynthesis which means less growth. Ideally, you want to keep your grass around 2 to 3 inches long.”
For serious gardeners who care about attention to detail, the expert recommended aeration.
“Aeration is creating small holes in your lawn to allow it to breathe and allow air and nutrients to access the roots,” he explained.
“It’s also important to avoid a build-up of thatch. However you must ensure that you do this in correct weather conditions, it shouldn’t be too dry or too wet. Simply dig a garden fork into different sections of the grass or you can purchase a lawn aerator, either is fine.”
Last but not least, to make your lawn look as full as possible, Chris encouraged overseeding to cover any gaps and missed spots.
“This is a great way to sow new seed over existing lawn and can lead to fuller-looking grass,” he said.
“If you do all of these things consistently, you’ll notice a real change in your lawn.”