Lawns

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  • Dog lichen, Peltigera canina, on a lawn. Image: RHS

    Algae, lichens and liverworts on lawns

    Lawns in damp or poorly drained conditions can suffer from unsightly problems such as cyanobacteria (an algae-like growth), dog lichen and liverworts. Cyanobacteria in particular can make the lawn very slippery.

  • Chamomile lawn

    Chamomile lawns

    Grass lawns have the disadvantage of requiring regular mowing, feeding and edging. In sunny areas where foot traffic is light or mower access is difficult, Chamaemelum nobile (chamomile) can be used to provide a lower maintenance alternative to grass.

  • Clover in a lawn. Credit: RHS Advisory

    Clover in lawns

    A number of clovers and clover-like species can be a persistent nuisance in lawns, showing an ability to survive close mowing and, in some cases, having a strong resistance to weedkillers. They are easily recognised by their trifoliate (3-leafed) leaves.

  • Coarse grasses in a lawn. Credit: RHS/John Trenholm.

    Coarse grasses in lawns

    Fine turf can quickly become overrun by coarse and vigorous 'weed' grasses. These spoil the appearance of the lawn and are not easy to control, especially if allowed to invade large areas.

  • Fairy rings. Image: STRI

    Fairy rings

    Fairy rings are a fungal infection that sometimes cause circular rings of dead grass and/or toadstools in lawns.

  • Clover in lawns can be a nuisance, but which weedkiller to use? Image: RHS

    Lawn weeds: selecting weedkillers

    Successfully controlling weeds in lawns with weedkillers depends upon identifying what weeds you have and then selecting the appropriate chemical. Be very careful using weedkillers on lawns; the wrong dose could seriously harm your lawn. Below you can find details of which weedkillers work best for tackling specific weeds – and information on those that are resistant.

  • Mediterranean garden. Image: ©www.gardenworldimages.com

    Lawns in Mediterranean regions

    With so many British moving to the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, we are often asked about gardening in these regions, especially in regards to lawns.

  • Lawns in shade. Credit: RHS/Advisory

    Lawns in shade

    Grass grown in shade often becomes sparse from lack of sunlight. Choosing a seed mix that is tolerant of moderate shade can help, together with appropriate turf care.

  • Apply fertiliser while the lawn is still growing strongly to improve the colour of the lawn. Credit:Neil Hepworth/RHS The Garden

    Lawns: autumn care

    Autumn is the time to examine lawns for signs of summer wear-and-tear, and treat if necessary. At this time of year, any treatment has time to take effect before temperatures fall and growth stops.

  • Drought-stricken lawns are prone to becoming worn and patchy. Credit:RHS/Neil Hepworth.

    Lawns: care during drought

    In extended periods of summer drought, turf grasses turn brown and stop growing. This often looks a lot worse than it actually is, and the lawn will usually recover rapidly with renewed rainfall. It would take a severe drought to actually kill off the lawn.

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