Hints and tips on how to get a beautiful green lawn this summer. From tackling common lawn diseases to how to cut the grass properly, Flymo is here to help with easy, practical advice on taking care of your lawn.
When confronted with a hill you need the right equipment. If you don’t have the correct lawn mower, what could be a simple task just gets more difficult, so selecting the right machine is important.
Having a nicely-kept lawn isn’t simple an expression of vanity; in fact, the benefits from keeping a healthy lawn go well beyond it just looking good, to the extent where your outdoor space can become your own personal haven. Often, it doesn’t take large numbers of backbreaking hours to create a beautiful garden that you can be proud of.
Your lawn is often the focal point in your garden so one should consider its shape and design carefully. Deciding what your lawns main uses are is probably the most important aspect in the design stages, maybe you require a dining or play area in which case a rectangular shape may be suited or your main concern could be maintaining an attractive appearance, in which case opting for an open or free-flowing lawn would more suited.
Ultimately, the best design for your lawn is determined by its use, surrounding landscape, its appearance, and your desired maintenance level.
For those looking for a little inspiration we’ve put together the ultimate guide for choosing the perfect lawn shape and some design ideas to add a little creative touch…
Artificial grass can often be a viable alternative to the real deal; it does not require watering or mowing throughout the year like traditional grass, and will always look smart and well kept. It can be costly to overhaul your entire lawn, but in the long-term this may be more viable. Although artificial grass is quite low maintenance, that doesn't mean that it is no maintenance. You will still need to work to keep it in a good condition throughout the year. Here are our key steps to keep your artificial lawn looking its best all year round.
The grass trimmer is a versatile machine that can become a very handy companion in keeping your lawn looking its best. Trimmers come in many different shapes and sizes based on the propulsion system, however with all types, the principles are the same.
As with most gardening tasks timing is very important. With every season comes a unique set of tasks which you need to keep on top of to keep your garden looking its best.
The grass in your garden is pretty impressive when it comes to durability. That’s why many of us can fall into the trap of thinking the grass on our lawns will look after itself but it’s more complex than it may seem.
Grass maintenance can vary depending on the type of grass in your garden as well as elements such as temperature, sunlight and moisture. Grass disease can also strike and unfortunately, there is more than one type to contend with.
To help you protect, maintain and enjoy your lawn we have put together the ultimate guide to grass designed to answer the most commonly asked questions…
When it’s time to overhaul your lawn, laying new turf is the quickest way to revitalize your space. Rather than sowing seed, which can take weeks to grow in, turf provides instant results and is easy to lay. If you aren’t sure where to start, this is the guide for you. Our Ultimate Guide to Laying Turf takes you from preparation to aftercare, with step-by-step instructions.
Aerating your lawn is essential if you want to have a healthy, green lawn all year round. It’s quick and easy to do, and will make sure your other lawn maintenance activities are worth all the hard work and effort.
It’s good to keep in mind that lawn diseases are most commonly fungus and can be treated easily. An early diagnosis is important to ensure that the disease does not spread and damage the rest of the lawn. There are 3 common types of lawn disease in the UK; Red Thread, Fusarium and Leaf Spot. (Image of Leaf Spot shown below © RHS)
How?! I hear you ask. Well, a robotic lawnmower is the ideal solution for those with little free time, or for those that dislike mowing the lawn. A robotic lawnmower like the Flymo 1200R, cuts the grass little by little each day, ensuring a carpet like finish to your lawn. By cutting the grass a little at a time, it promotes thicker grass growth - ensuring less space between the blades of grass.
Quite simply, the UltraGlide is the most advanced Flymo hover mower to date. Below we explore four key features which make grass cutting a breeze.
As the grass blades burst, it damages the cell structure causing the grass to turn grey/black in colour. When the grass is frozen you should also try and avoid mowing the lawn.
Many of us also use our gardens as a place for pets to run free, however there are things we must consider when doing this to ensure their safety.
Follow our simple advice and achieve that lush green lawn with ease this summer.
Scarifying your lawn is a particularly stressful process for grass. This is why you need a proper plan on how you plan to take care of your grass after scarification.
It is common to find that your lawn looks awful after scarification, but that is nothing to be worried about - in a few weeks your lawn will be looking better than it ever has.
Your aim after scarifying your lawn is to promote rapid, healthy grass growth, and that is why when you do it, and the conditions you do it in are so important.
Scarification is best done when the weather conditions promote grass growth. This is when the temperature is above 6 Celsius, because the ground has enough moisture for the grass to feed from, and there is plenty of sunlight.
It is best to scarify your lawn more deeply in the Autumn, as you will be removing more thatch and moss from your lawn therefore exposing more of the ground. This leaves it open for weeds etc. to grow in.
Lawn scarification is an essential lawn maintenance task. Failure to annually scarify your lawn could result in weak grass growth and the spread of disease and pests across your lawn.
Scarifying your lawn is best done in late March to early April or in late spring when environmental conditions are optimal for grass growth. Lawn scarification also often referred to as de-thatching can often leave your lawn looking like a mess; however by following our 7 lawn scarification tips will help ensure your lawn looks great all year round.
Moss is a common problem for many UK homeowners. Though some moss is fine, it may not be to your liking – too much moss can be an indication that your lawn is not in peak condition. Early autumn or mid-to-late March is the best time to treat moss to prevent it coming back again later in the year. Use moss killer and wait until the moss has turned brown before raking the moss up or scarifying the lawn. Then aerate the soil and add a top dressing to improve the quality of the soil such as leaf mould. This is also a good time to over-seed your lawn if it is looking sparse.
People often ask the question – how often should I cut the grass. Rather ask yourself ‘should I cut the grass or not’ and then follow some basic lawn care advice.
Cutting your grass may sound straight forward, however most people don’t realise half the factors that affect how and when you should cut your grass. That’s why we have created our dummies guide to cutting the grass.