As our gardens start the transition from spring to summer, now's the time to start mowing your lawn.
The grass should be growing strongly by now, so you'll need to cut it at least once a week. But if it's still patchy or the yellow tinge hasn't turned green yet, it probably needs some extra attention.
Just like we do, grass needs the right nutrients to help it grow, and a good-quality lawn feed can really help. But that's not all it can do.
Find out why feeding your lawn shouldn't be an afterthought. And keep scrolling to discover one reason why you might want to avoid feeding it altogether.
Giving your grass regular feeds will brighten up a lacklustre lawn and ensure it stays as healthy as possible. If your grass uses up all the nutrients in the soil and has nothing to feed on, it can become thin and patchy and start to turn yellow.
Feeding the lawn is a great way of reducing unwanted weeds without using weedkiller. Weeds and moss thrive in low-nutrient conditions, so fertilising will provide a boost for the grass and discourage weeds.
While feeding the lawn doesn't necessarily protect the soil, it does add more nutrients to it to help support the grass. Therefore, a healthy lawn that's well fed will support the soil and all the creatures that live in it.
Feeding the lawn will also make it easier to maintain. Not only will it reduce weeds, but it will also stop patches that would need to be resowed and help it to withstand all the summer activities ahead.
Not everyone wants a neatly cut lawn, especially the bees and butterflies. So, if you want to turn your lawn into a wildflower meadow instead, then don't feed it.
Introduce a plant called 'yellow rattle' that weakens the grass and makes it easier for wildflowers to grow.
Next, sow wildflower seed mix or use plug plants to bring wildflowers to your lawn. Then avoid mowing until the wildflowers have set seed.
If you'd prefer not to use chemicals in your garden or you can't get hold of any fertiliser, try feeding your lawn naturally.