The Turfonline team share our summer lawn care tips to help you make the most of your lawn.

  • Allow grass to grow a little longer to shade the soil
  • Keep mowing regularly for neatness and to keep the sward thick
  • Remember to feed your lawn
  • Be waterwise: Established lawns don’t need watering
  • Move furniture, toys, etc around the lawn at least every couple of days
  • Consider leaving an area for wildlife
  • Plan any autumn repairs

Help your grass to stay green all summer long

beautiful feet relaxing on a beautiful green lawn with flower border alongside

A parched, brown lawn is still an amazing thing but most of us dream of lush greenery which truly compliments the rest of the garden. Raising the height of your mower blades will definitely help the grass to stay greener.

Lawn care experts tell us that longer grass = longer roots.  Which makes sense when you consider that those green blades of grass are producing some of the food that helps roots to grow.

Longer roots = better access to soil water. And when your grass is well hydrated it will look much greener.

A longer, thicker sward of grass also helps to shade the soil against hot sun and drying breezes. Thus reducing the amount of soil moisture lost through evaporation.

Of all the summer lawn care tips in this article, maintaining your lawn at 5-7cm long may feel the strangest.  But I promise you that it works and that your lawn won’t look odd. Just so long as you keep on mowing regularly and all of the grass is the same length, it will still look manicured and neat.

Summer lawn feeding

If we have a dry summer, your lawn may not be growing very fast. But it still needs nutrients to keep those roots in good health.  If you like to have an evenly coloured lawn with a beautiful deep green colour, feeding is absolutely essential.

Keep feeding every 6-8 weeks using a good quality lawn feed but be sure to pick a day when rain is forecast because granular lawn feed must be watered in.

lawn feed spreader
A lawn feed spreader will ensure quick and even application of granular feeds.
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Grass has different nutritional requirements in autumn and winter. So from late September through to February, switch to an autumn-winter lawn feed. 

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More about autumn lawn feeding

Watering your lawn in summer

If your lawn is newly established – ie it was turfed or seeded in the last two months – it’s important that the roots are not allowed to dry out. You can read more about nurturing summer laid turf here.

However: Older, better established lawns have inbuilt survival systems. It’s a wicked waste of water to irrigate an established lawn. Yes, it may lose its colour for a while, but that’s OK. The grass knows what it’s doing and it will green up again when the weather changes. You can still use your lawn if it’s straw coloured – but plan ahead for some autumn renovations to help repair the soil structure.

Drought recovery plan for parched lawns 

Avoid dead patches by keeping the lawn clear

You don’t need to be obsessively tidy on your summer lawn. Nobody wants to be picking up toys and putting sunbeds away every 10 minutes. But please be conscious that your lawn needs light and air. It must have sunlight in order to survive. All of that fun stuff actually creates deep shade beneath it. The very worst culprits are paddling pools and groundsheets because they affect air flow too.

summer party lawn

If your pool, picnic rug or tent has been in one place for more than a couple of days the grass beneath it will become pale, weak and sickly. You may still see a mark all through the autumn and into the winter as it takes a while for the plants to recover.

Avoid the damage by regularly moving all of those bits and pieces. Trust me – it’s worth the effort.

A wildlife lawn

Rewilding an area of the lawn to help wildlife is not everyone’s idea of great gardening – but some of Turfonline’s customers are really enjoying it. Not only does it cut down on summer lawn care, it brings a lot more interest into the garden.

You could either just let the lawn grow longer and see what appears or you can actively introduce some wildflowers for extra colour.

mown paths through wildflowers
At Felbrigge Hall near Cromer in Norfolk, formal lawns have been allowed to grow longer. Not only does this reduce maintenance costs, these areas were teeming with Meadow Brown butterflies when I visited in July. Sadly most of the wildflowers had finished blooming but the mown paths, the different textures and the colour and movement were stunning.

Letting the lawn grow long brings some interesting textures as well as movement. The sight and sound of grass swaying in the wind is very soothing. As an added bonus, the meadow brown butterfly likes to breed in long grass. You could well be blessed with a colony of flying flowers! Mow some paths through the grass so that it looks manicured not abandoned.

Support struggling wildlife species by replacing an area of lawn with wildflower matting. Simply remove the grass and its roots. Dig the area over to loosen the soil and lay Meadowmat wildflower turf. This is especially lovely under trees where it can be more difficult to maintain a lawn. Meadowmat for Woodland Shade looks amazing in spring and early summer.

Planning autumn lawn repairs

If your lawn has taken a hammering this summer – that usually means you’ve been enjoying the garden. So well done!

A while ago, we published an helpful article on autumn renovations – you can read it here    

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