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Discover simple ways to achieve a healthy and green lawn in your garden
See our advice on how you can keep your lawn looking beautiful during the growing season.
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.
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.
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.
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 are a fungal infection that sometimes cause circular rings of dead grass and/or toadstools in lawns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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