How to look after your lawn (before going on holiday)

One thing that may not cross your mind before going on a holiday is the lawn. During the height of the summer growth rate could rise, especially if there is rain forecast while you’re away. To make sure you don’t return to find to a jungle or a dying lawn, find out how to look after your lawn before going away on holiday with advice from Essex Turf grower, Paynes Turf.

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Rule number one: Mow the lawn

It goes without saying that you should cut the grass before going away for a couple of weeks, just to avoid the scenario of returning to find the grass a foot long. Don’t be tempted, however, to mow the lawn shorter than you normally would – cutting the grass very short will leave it exposed to damage by the sun, and will allow the soil (and by extension, the roots of the grass) to dry out very quickly.

Instead, mow the lawn at the height you normally would, the day before going away. Leave the grass box off so that the clippings are left on the lawn – this will help to protect the soil and the grass from sun damage.

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Rule number two: Weed the lawn

Make sure weeds are removed from the lawn as they could soon take hold of the lawn, especially if the weather is wet, sunny and warm. Simply pull them out by hand, or use a gardening trowel for tough weeds. Make sure that you remove the whole weed, including the roots.

Rule number three: Don’t feed the lawn

Applying a lawn fertiliser acts as an instant growth boost, so if you fertilise your lawn and then leave it for a couple of weeks, you will almost certainly have a jungle to contend with upon your return.

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Rule number four: Water the lawn

If you are able to, it’s often a good idea to water your lawn the evening before you leave. This will ensure that the roots of the grass will keep moist, even if the temperature is very hot and the weather dry. Water deeply, making sure that the water penetrates right through to the roots of the grass – this means watering your lawn for around an hour. Check that the water has reached the roots by lifting a plug of turf from the lawn and look for moisture content in the soil.