It is widely believed, that to have a good quality lawn, you need to spend a great deal of time and money on maintenance. Unless you have a golf green or a football pitch for a garden…this is wrong. Yes, maintaining a top quality lawn will require more work than what is needed on a family lawn, but with modern fertilisers, weed killers and garden machinery, maintenance these days is much simpler! It is not too demanding on time and can be quite satisfying. The amount of maintenance that you give to a lawn, will depend on several factors; the quality of the lawn you wish to create, the time you have available, the size of the lawn, and the cost of maintenance.
Regular mowing and trimming of the lawn edges is the very minimum of work that should be done, alongside an occasional feed with a lawn fertiliser. Ideally, feeding should be done in spring, and again in autumn to maintain healthy and strong growth. At the other extreme, you could go for a full maintenance programme, as would be carried out on a fine turf sports surface, such as a bowling or golf green. This involves much more work, and as well as mowing and feeding, you will be carrying out weed control, aeration, scarifying, top dressing, discouraging pests, and many other procedures throughout the year. The result, however, will be a lawn of superlative quality.