Everything has changed in our household over the past few days. Spring has finally sprung and, slightly earlier than anticipated, Libby appears to have sprung as well- sprung to her feet! With her new-found walking ability, she just wants to be outside ALL of the time.
I have had it in the back of my mind all winter that I was neglecting my garden. Last year, I managed to grow some vegetables and we at least kept the lawn and borders in check. Sadly, over the winter I’ve totally let it go. The borders are a mess, the greenhouse is empty and the lawn is overgrown and not looked after. Libby’s sudden love of the great outdoors, grass in particular, has made me realise it’s time to sort it all out and child-proof the lawn.
I’ve been doing a bit of research and have found some great tips and some products that should rescue my poor lawn! Not only have I found out what I need to do to sort my lawn out now, I’ve also learned some lessons on what I’ve done wrong in the past!
So it turns out I need to do a bit more with the lawn than just mow it. We’ve got bare patches on the lawn from dog urine (nice). It’s not enough just to fence it off to stop the dogs from going on there, I need to do a bit more to it to get it up to toddler standard.
I’m going to start by sharpening the lawnmower blades. Ok, I doubt I will actually do this myself. However, last time my dad tried helping me in the garden, he cut through the hedge trimmer cable. At least 4 times. And my husband? Sharpening a sharp thing? I don’t think so. But anyway, the blades need to be really sharp or they’ll just rip the grass out at the roots, causing (even more) bare patches.
Whilst I’m messing with the mower, I’m going to have to make sure that it’s not set to mow too short. This causes the roots to be exposed and you end up with weeds coming through and a lawn lacking in moisture.
The final thing I’m going to do with my lawn is to use a couple of products. I’m going to go for some after cut to feed and condition the lawn and kill the weeds. I’m also going to get some patch-fix that contains grass seed to sort out our bare patches.
Come on then summer, bring it on, we’re ready for you… Ok, maybe I need to sort out the borders too before somebody does themselves some damage…
Disclaimer- this is a sponsored post but views, opinions and male family members that can’t be trusted with sharp objects or electrical items are all mine. As is the dog caught in the above plant. Don’t worry I’ve let him out now, no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.