Lawn care

Lawn careLawn care

A lawn is usually the most maintenance-intensive part of a garden, because it must be mowed weekly during the main growing season and requires some additional care. Nevertheless, one would not want to do without it, since it offers the eye a green surface in the garden even in winter, sets a calm contrast to the many colorful blossoms in summer, or really brings out the best in flower beds and borders. As a structuring and shaping element, it is almost indispensable in garden design. In addition, the grass area can be used in many ways: as a playground for children, a run for pets or to place a deck chair. Lawn edges prevent grasses from encroaching on beds and paved paths directly adjacent to the lawn.

Spring lawn care

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If the lawn shows increased moss formation after the winter, this indicates that the soil is acidic. In this case, lime should be applied immediately in February. In the second half of April, the lawn is mowed for the first time this season. To do this, the lawn is first cut as deep as possible, to about 3 cm. Matted, mossy or heavily weedy areas should then be scarified to create the best growing conditions for the lawn grasses without competition for light, air and nutrients from other plants. Larger bare patches can then be repaired by reseeding.

With increasing sunshine duration and usually still moist soil, April (in addition to September) is an ideal month for this - as well as for the new establishment of a lawn. Spring fertilization is also carried out in April, preferably with a special lawn fertilizer. This provides the grass plants with sufficient nutrients for the next few weeks.

Summer lawn care

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From May, regular mowing is one of the tasks, and during drought should be additionally sprinkled. In the course of early summer, the lawn is fertilized. Root weeds such as dandelions should be cut out regularly. In midsummer, it is advisable to set the mowing height slightly higher, because longer blades shade the soil better and thus prevent excessive drying. In August, when the grass has grown tall after the summer vacation, it is advisable not to cut the blades down completely right away. Better to mow weekly, each time lowering the mower a little until the grass reaches the desired length. Do not mow too short in hot weather - at very high temperatures the grass grows slower and weeds may spread more.