If you’re watching Wimbledon 2016 and you’re looking at the grass on centre court, wishing your own lawn was just as perfect… then fear not, we’re here to help!
(or if the players have inspired you, you could put your very own tennis net of your very own).
Right, let’s get started…
Regular cutting of your lawn throughout the year is important because it thickens the grass, but during the summer months it can withstand periods of drought for longer.
If however, you want your grass in tip top shape for Wimbledon, we’d suggest leaving it grow for a week or two before hand – and cut it a few days before the tournament starts. That way it’s not too short!
Also, as you mow, switch directions – just so the grass blades aren’t pressed in the same direction every time.
For each cut, you should look to shorten the grass by around two thirds – or 4 to 5 centimeters.
Cutting grass is essential, but doing so will remove its nutrients, so they have to be replaced in order to maintain healthy growth.
From the beginning of spring, you should fertilise your lawn every four or five weeks.
Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous are necessary and mixes of special lawn fertilisers are readily available. How much to use is carefully indicated on the packages.
If you want a lawn which is beautifully green all summer long, watering it is important. How often you need to water it will depend upon things like humidity and temperature.
When the grass needs water, the blades will begin to curl up or wilt, but if you water it at least once a week, it should be fine (if it rains though, don’t bother – you may risk ruining your lawn all together).
If you have planted a new lawn, you will usually need to water once a day so the seeds can germinate and a good solid root system can form. (it will become apparent when this happens)
The best way to water your garden is to use a water sprinkler or spray gun set to sprinkle motion, which will again ensure you don’t over water it.
There’s not a weed in sight on centre court, and your lawn won’t have any either – with a little persistence that is!
A lot of weeds can be removed using mechanical means. Smaller weeds should be removed with a manual scarifier in order to prevent them from growing back.
Other irritable growths like daisies and dandelions can be removed with a root weeder. (It’s very important to get as much of the root as possible in order to prevent the regrowth).
If you – against all odds – are overcome, you will have to consider herbicides.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll have to look into restructuring your soil and covering it with rolled turf.
Scarifying and aerification
Quite simply, grass roots need air in order to be able to breath and grow.
The soil in a lawn is often not sandy enough for roots to get enough air, which can result in lack of growth.
The simplest solution is to invest in a digging fork to stamp holes into a lawn and fill them with coarse sand. This will allow water from the surface to flow away and also provides the roots with the oxygen it needs.
In order to clear away dead roots and other debris you might want to scarify your lawn. By removing the lawn thatch you provide more breathing space for the lower parts of the grass and help the stems grow better.
Follow this simple guide and you’ll have the perfect Wimbledon style lawn in no time!