How to prevent lawn problems

If you have just laid a new lawn you shouldn’t experience any lawn problems, providing the turf has been laid correctly and then watered thoroughly for at least a couple of weeks after laying. In most cases, lawn problems crop up due to lack of proper lawn care maintenance. Find out about lawn problems and what you can do about them, with advice from Essex turf supplier, Paynes Turf.

Sharpen those mower blades!

Blunt mower blades can be the cause of some lawn problems, as the blunt blades tear (rather than cut) the grass. Torn grass leaves can be a breeding ground for some lawn diseases. Make sure that your mower blades are always sharp – if you’re not sure how to sharpen them yourself, always take them to a professional to get the job done right.

Feed the lawn

In order to maintain a lush, green, healthy lawn, it’s necessary to feed it once or twice a year (usually in the spring and autumn) with a fertiliser. However, over-feeding or under-feeding could cause the onset of lawn diseases, so always follow the manufacturers instructions for dosing amounts and spread.

Check there’s adequate drainage

You may have noticed that after rainfall, whether prolonged or a quick shower, your garden remains waterlogged. Many lawn diseases thrive in such moist conditions, so it’s really important to make sure there is adequate drainage in your lawn. Aerate your lawn once a year, if necessary, to ensure rainwater drains away quickly. You can find out more about aerating your lawn here.


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Grass needs water to grow, especially during the hot, dry summer months. However, always water the lawn early in the morning so that it’s dry by the end of the day – this will reduce the risk of lawn disease.