My grass is awful, I need to take the whole area of grass and really spend some quality time with it getting it right! I want to grow great weed free grass, the trouble is I know exactly what I need to do, it is finding the time and getting the right weather too!
Yes, I thought this sounded like an excuse too, so I am going to set a deadline for me to tackle the grass! It’s not as though there is a lot of grass even, I have purposely shrunk the area of grass over a number of years instead of just tackling the problem head on!
The Current Grass State
Weeds in the lawn, not just one or two but a whole bunch of them. They drive me crazy, yet I haven’t tackled the situation because I didn’t sit down and think about what I needed to do and how I intend to improve the quality of my grass!
All I have been doing is cutting the grass and trimming the edges, well I suppose this is a good start!
The issues with the grass are:
- Dandelions, loads of them, they are multiplying out of control!
- Clover is in the grass, not as bad as the dandelions!
- Patches with other weeds that I can’t remember the names of!
- Bald patches, where the grass isn’t growing!
- Dips and bumps in the level of the ground, it was never completely flat when I first spread the grass seeds, but I needed a garden because my kids were desperate to get outside, so the preparation wasn’t great!
- I’ve moved a couple of borders over the years and I think this has caused some issues with the level of the ground too!
Improving The Quality Of The Grass
This is where I’m going to set out a plan on how I want the grass to look, what I intend to do to make it look good and the long-term care plan of the grass!
Just cutting the grass once a week in the growing season is not doing the grass any favours, I really need to look at improving the quality of the grass and yes that can mean a little bit of hard work.
But one that will help to improve the look of the garden over the next few years!
As long as I don’t let the quality and care slide backwards!
How To Improve The Grass Quality
The plan, weather dependent, we’ve had so much rain in the last few weeks that it has made it difficult to do anything much other than basic maintenance of the outside space!
- Remove the weeds!
I intend to do this with a product that feeds the lawn as well as killing the weeds at the same time!
I’m hoping this will take some of the hard work out of removing the actual weeds and improve the quality of the grass at the same time! I’ve used these before and they work well!
I know I could de-weed by hand but I don’t think that’s something that would work due to a number of weeds, there wouldn’t be any green left in some areas!
Improving The Land
I really need to attack this section first, I need to remove the lumps and flatten out the dips in the grass to make cutting easier and to make the appearance of the lawn better too!
I have a roller which I will use to help level out the ground, adding soil to the dips and removing soil from under the grass where there are lumps!
Pets In The Garden
I don’t allow my dogs onto the grass in the garden, it is something I made a choice when my kids were little. I didn’t want them playing where my dogs went to the toilet!
As the children got older and we added more dogs to the mix this rule has stayed and for us, it works well! The dogs have their area we have ours!
This also means we don’t have to deal with dog pee patches, this is where the dog wee has killed the grass! Not a good look either!
Children And Grass
If you have children playing on the grass you will need to ensure the grass is tough enough for this type of wear. We don’t have children playing outside anymore so this gives us, even more, options when it comes to the type of grass we can use!
There are some patches where I am going to have to patch the grass with some new grass seed, but I will be so careful to prepare the area carefully! After all, I don’t want to have to redo the grass often!
The Lawn Mower
What you use to cut the grass is important, you want to make sure that you spend the time looking after it, keeping the blades sharp and in great condition!
I tend to use hand edge shears rather than electric edger, I just find it easier to manage! My lawn mower is also just a push mower, not electric either! I look at these as saving money with electricity too!
Therefore, I know the key to grow weed free grass is to spend time looking after it and making sure that when it is cut, this is done properly and in the future any weeds need removing regularly!