Brits have been in love with their lawns since they were first introduced to the UK in the 1600’s, but before lawnmowers were invented only the very wealthy could afford one.
Men were hired to scythe the grass and women followed behind collecting it up. How times have changed!
Lawns are still very important to us and here are 15 ways to help keep your lawn in tip top condition:
You can mow the lawn at any time of the year as long as the ground’s not frozen or waterlogged! Little and often is the key, especially during the summer months when grass grows quickly.
Start with the blades on a higher setting to avoid scalping it as bare lawn gives weeds the chance to settle and grow.
You’ll get the best cut if the blades on your lawnmower are kept sharp. This is a good job to do towards the end of the year when the grass isn’t growing much or in the spring before the gardening year kicks off in earnest.
It may sound obvious but make sure your lawn is clear of debris before mowing. Running over stones and woody plant stems will soon blunt your newly sharpened blades.
On the other hand, if you’re after a low-maintenance solution, alternatives are becoming better and more widely available. Here are some of the best ground cover options and creeping plants to replace your grass.