Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawn and Order; AFTER A VERY WET WINTER, IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR GRASS IN TIP-TOP SHAPE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawn and Order; AFTER A VERY WET WINTER, IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR GRASS IN TIP-TOP SHAPE

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Byline: YOUR GARDEN With Diarmuid Gavin

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Venturing across it I sank into the soft green grass with a muddy squelch underfoot. And yet in the last couple of weeks, as happens with our favourite garden feature, it seems to have woken up, shaken itself off, drained itself down and realised that the time to perform is now.

We love our lawns - for looking at, as a foil to our tapestry of garden planting, as a place to lie on, to picnic on, to roll down and to mow.

And so as the ritual begins again, let's look at what needs to be done to get it looking like Wimbledon's Centre Court.

You've probably already given the grass a couple of cuts so it's a good time to examine the state of the lawn. If you haven't got round to doing a first cut, first rake off winter debris. This is called scarifying - it's a bit like combing a hairy dog and removing all the rubbish.

The first mow of the season is done with the blades high and you gradually lower them as the year progresses.

Moss is a common problem after a wet winter. There are a number of products on the market that can get rid of the current crop, but if your lawn is in a damp or shady area, it will probably return next winter.

Johnson's After Moss Lawn Seed is a good way to fill in the gaps once you have removed dead moss. This seed is coated with calcium carbonate which helps raise the pH of the lawn so helping to deter moss in the long term. To fill in bare batches, rake the bare soil to a fine tilth, sprinkle seed, lightly cover with compost and water in.

Regular mowing is your best bet to keep moss and other weeds at bay. …

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