posted03/12/12

Achieving a Weed Free Garden

There’s no better way to spend time than by relaxing on a beautifully maintained lawn in the summer months. Weeds and patchy grass can completely ruin the look of a garden, however, and it can be exceptionally hard to achieve an even lawn.

While there are many weed killing products available, these often affect grass growth and are unable to rid a garden of weeds completely. The best way to achieve perfection is to start again from scratch and replant the lawn.

The process should be started around September, as this will give the new grass plenty of time to grow thick and lush in time for summer.
Begin by tearing up the old grass. Once it’s all gone, the soil should be churned in order to trap oxygen inside it.

Adding some fertiliser and topsoil to the mud will ensure it is enriched with nutrients and food, which will assist the grass with healthy growth. Make sure the soil is then raked flat. It’s a good idea to leave it for a few weeks at this stage. This will allow the gardener to spot any pesky weeds poking through and either poison or manually remove them.

Once the weeds have given up, the grass seeds can be spread evenly over the soil. Using a spreader will ensure the right amount is used. The seeds can then be covered with more fertiliser and, if possible, some hay.
The key after this is to water on a regular basis and be vigilant about checking that the lawn is growing evenly. The grass should be mown before it grows too long, since allowing the lawn too much growth will cause more damage when it is cut for the first time.
Replanting the whole lawn may seem like a lot of work, but it is usually far more effective than trying to repair specific areas, which often leads to a patchy appearance.

Image courtesy of Robert Hruzek

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