Many people forget that a lawn can invariably take up the largest area of your garden, and to get the most out of it in the next year, the following care and attention should be given.
Fallen leaves can quickly turn a lawn yellow and while it can be tempting to leave them on the lawn, rotten leaves can contain diseases or pathogens that can find their way into the grass and soil below. In addition, the leaves will choke the grass, trapping moisture which, along with poor air circulation, can damage the lawn.
With ball games on the lawn in the summer, walking on it, or using heavy machinery like a lawn mower, the soil under the lawn can become compacted. This is not good for a healthy lawn as it will dry out the soil and the grass will not be able to absorb nutrients.
Compacted soil can also lead to poor drainage. In addition, too much thatch, the debris left after improper fertilization, can block air circulation and good water penetration, resulting in poor absorption of nutrients by the grass roots.
Thatch is however a natural product of a healthy lawn and therefore beneficial, if it does not exceed 3 cm in thickness. Naturally, thatch is broken down by fungi.
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