Summer Lawn Care

Summer is nearly here and you are concerned about how to maintain that lush, green lawn you have worked all through spring to create. Not only is the weather a factor in summer, with the long hot days we experience in Melbourne, it is all the entertaining that goes on as well, bbq’s with family and friends or the children playing more often as they are on school holidays. With just a few handy tips and strategies, you can keep that wonderful look throughout the hot weather and still have a healthy lawn too.
Firstly, when you are mowing your lawn, remember to raise the lawnmower slightly so as not to cut the grass too short, this can really dry out your lawn and damage the grass. The frequency of mowing will depend on how quickly your grass grows, if you like a manicured look in your garden, this may mean 1-2 times a week. Remember to use your grass clippings as mulch over your garden beds to keep moisture in the roots of your plants.
Watering is best done early in the morning or later at night after the heat has gone out of the day, this way your lawn and garden gets the benefits of the water without it evaporating. A really good soaking once or twice a week is better for your lawn, a light ‘sprinkle’ every day creates shallow roots that are more likely to dry out, damaging your grass. If your lawn dries out and goes brown, it is better to leave it like this for the entire summer; it will come back to life with the autumn rains.
Now is the time you need to keep the weeds under control, try to get them out of the ground as soon as you notice them, if possible, do not let them flower and re-plant their seeds, this will cause more headaches in the cooler months. Be careful with weed control products as at this time of year they can really damage your lawn, use the sparingly and if possible remove the weeds by hand.
Whether it is lawn seed, mulch or a load of top soil, then drop into Surrey Hills Garden Supplies in Canterbury Road Surrey Hills and we can assist you. Alternatively, give us a call on 03 9890 3443.

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