RHS backs 'Love Your Lawn Week'

Society gets behind advice scheme as confusion reigns over organiser's identity

The Royal Horticultural Society is backing “Love Your Lawn Week” (26 April – 2 May), but isn’t sure who the organiser is. A representative said that the week was an ideal time to get the RHS message on lawns across, despite its instigator remaining a mystery. The RHS has found that nearly nine in 10 gardeners mow a lawn, but most regard looking after it as expensive, time consuming and difficult. It recommends that gardeners: - Apply a high nitrogen spring lawn fertiliser to encourage growth. - Lightly rake the lawn with a spring-tine rake to remove dead grass and old plant debris. - Sow new lawns or re-seed in April. If the soil is very wet, leave until the autumn. - Keep off newly sown or turfed areas for as long as possible to encourage establishment. - Don’t worry about the appearance of a few weeds. - Don’t worry about grass turning brown in prolonged dry conditions. It will recover when rain returns. Try watering in the evening — but only when absolutely necessary. RHS head of horticultural advice Guy Barter said: “Last year’s dry summer and autumn have played havoc with lawns, leaving bare patches where moss has crept in. Feeding your lawn to encourage growth followed by frequent mowing will thicken the sward. “Proprietary moss killers will eliminate mosses. Bare patches can be re-sown, and with some rain, this will mend the gaps. Raking and spiking was hard to do in the dry autumn, but gentle remedial work now can help.”

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