Although some areas have seen the rain return in short bursts of late, your lawn is probably still looking worse for wear after the prolonged dry spell. During extended periods with no rainfall, turf grasses turn brown and stop growing. On the bright side, this often appears worse than it actually is, and the lawn will usually recover quickly with renewed precipitation. It would take a severe drought to completely kill off the lawn.

During dry weather, we recommend you treat your lawn to special care measures. Deprived of water and particularly when the top 10cm (4") of soil dries out, lawn grasses may stop growing and begin to brown. Most likely to suffer are ornamental lawns of the fine, bent-type grasses, whilst general garden lawns conta...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

Few gardening jobs leave you with the same satisfaction as a beautifully cut, perfectly striped lawn. If it's something you've always wanted to try, but you're not sure how it works, then you're in the right place! Here at the Green Reaper we're the experts in all things lawn related, so follow our guide to create the perfect piece of garden artwork.

Getting Your Equipment Ready

First things first - equipment. Whether you're striping a compact back garden or a larger field, you'll need a good quality mower. Sharp blades and a clean cut will mean your edges are neater, enhancing the overall effect, and it'll mean you get the job done faster too. Hover mowers are harder to use for striping, as it can be more difficult to keep them in a perfectl...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

It’s generally held that healthy, vibrant grass needs equally healthy soil to flourish - soil that’s well-drained, nutrient-rich and packed with healthy microbes: Soil that has a good structure, that’s not too sandy, and that’s home to a thriving ecosystem.

A good pH level helps too, as does having the right balance of particulate matter, which plays a pivotal role in ensuring that grass roots can reach the pockets of air and water that they need to grow.

Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to change the composition of garden soil once a lawn is properly established. Most common methods of correcting structural and/or chemical issues involve digging in large amounts of organic matter, which would destroy grass roots and cause damage that far o...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

After the privations of winter, spring is a real boon for most lawns - the increased sunlight, and the sudden increase in heat gives cold- and warm-season grasses a new lease on life, and the lack of icy frosts encourages dormant plants of all kinds to burst back into life; growing thick and green where they were previously stunted and weak.

That doesn't mean you can just leave your lawn to grow though. Tempting as it might be to sit back and watch your garden spring to life, there are all sorts of important jobs that need to be taken care of if you want to enjoy a thick and well-developed lawn come summer. Some of these tasks will be all too familiar to the passionate gardener: moss removal, weed killing, and even mowing are perennial tasks...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

Many gardeners view winter as a time to hang up their gloves and wait for the more fertile months of spring before tending to their lawns again - a period of rest, if you will, that leaves additional time for festive preparations within the home or larger, structural, projects around the garden.

There’s actually quite a lot of lawn work to be done in the winter months though, particularly if you want to enjoy a lush and verdant lawn come April. While it’s true that grass grows much slower in cold conditions, and generally requires less hands-on maintenance, there is plenty of evidence to show that the occasional trim can really improve the overall health and resilience of most grasses, and there’s also tasks like clearing, feeding and aerati...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe