Most people get the lawnmower out and don’t consider what length they are mowing grass to and in most cases, people are mowing too short. Mowing your lawn short can harm your grass in many ways. Reducing the grass leaves diminishes the grass plants' ability to photosynthesise and make its own food. If the grass plants can't produce enough food they use reserves from its roots. The lawn will then become thin and weak and the grass will gradually disappear. the result will be a very sorry-looking lawn with lots of weeds. A bonus to leaving the grass leaves long is that it looks better. It will look healthy thick and lush. by mowing high the overall look of your lawn will be transformed.
one of the easiest ways to improve the look of your lawn is to mow regularly. If you leave the grass to grow long mowing it back will produce mowing scars. This happens because the grass leaves at the top of the plant are off when mown leaving just the stalks and sorry looking brown lawn. This method of letting it grow long, then cutting it back down will also thin out your lawn. The most aggressive grasses will thrive (i.e., the broader leaf rye grasses) and the finer “filler” grasses will thin off and die. When the lawn is back under control, it will look thin and sparse. You can prevent this by mowing regularly, once a week, even more if you have the time, is recommended. Every 10 days will be enough to keep your lawn looking its best.
Mowing your lawn reduces the fertility of the soil. The act of mowing reduces the fertility in the soil. The grass draws out nutrients from the soil and with it grows leaves. In nature, these leaves are eaten by animals and the nutrients are returned to the soil through animal droppings and urine. That is the nitrogen cycle. Unless animals graze your lawn, this natural cycle is broken. Regularly mowing your lawn and removing the grass clippings will reduce the fertility of the land over time. Lost nutrients will be replaced by feeding your lawn. The grass will thrive, and you won’t need to bring a herd of cows into your garden! A well-fed lawn will look greener, resist pests and disease and keep weeds at bay. Little and often is the best method for feeding your lawn. Be careful when feeding your lawn as overfeeding can cause it to burn.
Healthy grass needs healthy soil to grow properly, and the quality of your grass starts at the roots. Aerating your lawn is a process that involves driving holes into the soil. This allows water, air and nutrients down into the soil. This enables the soil bacteria to thrive and keep grass roots healthy. Over time soil becomes compacted and as a result the grass suffers, growth slows and gradually thins. Aeration improves the root system and a healthy root system is the key to a great lawn the benefits of aerating a lawn appear quickly. You can aerate your lawn using a garden fork. Push it in a gently lift the soil to break it up. If you have a large area of grass using an aeration machine is best. Aerators use metal tines to drive holes into the lawn. Professional groundsmen regularly used them on all the best sports pitches and golf courses. You can hire aeration machines from most tool hire shops or contact your local independent lawn care service.
If you need help bringing your lawn back to life and getting it looking as luscious as it did when it was first laid then contact Yorkshire Lawn Care today