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How to Keep your Lawn Looking Great

Published on: 21 August 2015

Found yourself wondering why the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?

A healthy lawn is probably the most important feature in many South African gardens. With that said, lawn care requires constant effort, and a lot of know-how. Keep reading for some helpful tips that will ensure that your garden is the envy of your neighbours.

Watering

  • Don’t over-water your lawn or water too frequently. Depending on where you live in the country, you’re probably looking at giving your lawn about 20 to 25mm of water a week, in two cycles. If it rains, then you probably won’t need to water. The key is to watch the grass; if it starts to turn brown, then watering is probably in order. Avoid watering too frequently for short periods each time as this may result in poor root formation as the roots do not need to penetrate the soil deeply due to the water always being on the surface.
  • Once you have decided on a particular schedule for a particular time of the year, try to stick to it as far as you can; not doing so will result in the lawn alternately getting too much water and then too little.

How low can you go?

  • Do not mow your lawn too low; the lawn should be about 50mm in height. How often you mow will also depend on how fast the lawn is growing. This depends on the time of the year, how much water the lawn is getting, the temperature and the general climate.
  • Aerating the lawn in spring will provide a number of benefits: it will improve the soil’s quality and reduce compaction which, in turn, helps the roots take up water and nutrients more efficiently.
  • The best time to apply fertiliser, for example a slow-release nitrogenous product, is when the grass is growing actively.

Useful tip

Lawn clippings make a great mulch for roses, as well as a great base for compost. Using lawn cuttings is an economical and natural way of feeding your garden, so make sure you collect the cuttings and add them to a compost heap. You can even supplement it with organic waste from your kitchen by adding vegetable peelings, eggshells and coffee grinds for a home-made compost that’s rich in nutrients and cost-effective too.

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