Top sites for lawn care
Despite the UK’s reputation for poor weather, we’re a nation of keen gardeners. A huge variety of flowers, trees, vegetables and fruit grow in our gardens, and the most green thumbed of Britons are careful to tend to their gardens all year round – even during cold winters.
But often, lawns are left forgotten. Grass may seem like it needs little care but in fact, it needs to be tended to just like the other living things in your garden. Need tips on how to take care of your grass? Read on for the most useful lawn care sites on the web.
Trusted sources of advice
The Royal Horticultural Society is one of the leading sources of online information on garden maintenance, and its lawn care advice is no exception. According to the RHS website, spring and summer are the best times to take care of your lawn, as this is when the grass is growing rapidly. You’ll find plenty of information here, on everything from weed control to mowing frequency.
The BBC also has some great advice on lawn care in autumn, though the site doesn’t’ seem to be regularly updated any longer. Still, you’ll find a range of tips on how to tackle weeds – which grow profusely in the summer – and improve drainage before the weather gets colder and the soil firms up.
Elsewhere, the BBC’s flagship gardening show Gardener’s World has a fantastic website too. Browse the site for comprehensive tips on lawn care, from basics like how to choose a new lawnmower to more advanced topics like sowing grass from seed.
Even The Eden Project – the spectacular natural attraction in Cornwall – has wise words to offer gardeners looking for lawn care information. This advice comes straight from the Eden gardening team and includes advanced tips like how to “scarify” and “aerate” your lawn, as well as how to apply a turf hardener.
More expert lawn care tips
Many of the sites above have a trusted reputation but there’s a whole range of expert gardening sites on the web that you might not have heard of. Lovethegarden.com, for instance, is a top resource for gardeners and their lawn care tips are indispensable. Here, you’ll find essential tips on how to prepare your garden for winter and how to control moss, as well as a planner with recommended timings for treatments.
Another useful site is Garden Health, which offers a variety of how-to guides and seasonal tips but also sells products to help you maintain your lawn, like lawn feed. Lawnsmith also sells lawn care products, and has an extensive collection of online videos that show you the best way to maintain your grass.
And although its design may seem a little old fashioned, don’t judge lawn blog Grass Clippings by its appearance. Here, you’ll find a wide range of blog posts and technical advice that will help you create a new lawn from scratch, or maintain the one you have so it reaches new grassy heights when growth season re-starts in spring and summer.
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