What makes a good lawn?
...Here are some top tips to creating a healthy lawn.
Remember that a healthy lawn is an ecosystem; yes it may have weeds and pests but it will also have beneficial organisms and insects that keep them under control.
A healthy lawn needs soil with a good texture, key nutrients and the right pH balance in order to thrive. If your soil is too acidic, add lime and if your soil is not acidic enough, add iron. It is also important for the soil to have equal proportions of clay, sand and silt, and you can achieve this by periodically adding organic matter such as compost, maure or grass clippings. You do not want the soil to become too compacted, so it is key that you aerate several times a year by pulling out plugs to create air spaces.
Healthier grass can simply be achieved by mowing high. The taller grass will grow thicker and develop deeper roots which will shade the soil, meaning that it will retain moisture and make it difficult for weeds to germinate and grow. Feeding your lawn regularly is also beneficial as without extra nutrients grass soon uses up plant food reserves and turns pale and thin. But remember not to overuse fertilizers on your lawn as it can lead to thatch. However, this can simply be reduced by raking or breaking up your lawn, or sprinkling a thin layer of topsoil or compost over it.
Moss is often found where drainage is poor and the lawn is in shade. Moss can be easily burnt off with suitable lawn treatment, but you still need to change some of the conditions of your lawn that favour moss growth in order to prevent it returning. Weeds can also be easily kept at bay through one application of weedkiller, keeping your lawn healthy.