Gardening: Lawn rangers

ARRANGING A LAWN: Get to grip with weeds before they become a big problem.
ARRANGING A LAWN: Get to grip with weeds before they become a big problem.
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Don’t let the grass grow under your feet without ensuring its weed-free and trimmed, writes David Overend.

June should have one word, written in capitals, alongside it in the calendar – LAWN.

For this is the month when the grass gets moving and the gardener has to get moving to keep up with it.

So, keep on mowing the lawn regularly to keep it looking at least tidy. For stronger, healthier grass, trim it every week if possible. Taking just a little grass from the top each week will keep the grass stronger than if you scalp the lawn every fortnight.

And if the weather is turning hot and dry, leave the grass clippings on the surface. The fine clippings will shade the soil and help to retain moisture – but don’t make it a regular habit because too many much will eventually become a problem.

Broad-leaved weeds are more than just a visual hiccup to a lawn. They rob the grass of moisture and precious nutrients.

June is the perfect time to get rid of white clover, daisies, buttercups and other broad-leaved weeds that left to their own devices, will become a major problem.

You can find granular lawn fertilizers (such as EverGreen Complete or Lawn Builder Lawn Food plus Weed Control) that include selective weedkillers, or you can use a product such as Verdone Extra to apply in a liquid form.

Killing off the weeds and encouraging soft, lush growth will provide a picture-perfect lawn, although it may not be hardy enough to host a game of soccer or cricket.

But whatever weedkiller you use, fit the weeding in between mowings. Apply your product about three days after the last cut so that the weeds have enough leaf to absorb plenty of weed-killing ingredients. Leave another three or four days after the application before you mow again to let the weedkiller reach the roots.