So how’s your lawn looking? The grass here is starting to look a little shabby, so I’ve been looking in to what I can do to restore it to its former glory, but also considering some permanent less muddy alternatives.
Where’s The Grass Gone? So here’s what’s happened (well here at least anyway). It’s rained. A lot. Not torrential downpours, but a good regular sprinkling, often for a few weeks. So why has that ruined the lawn? Don’t we look at a grey day and muster the positivity to say ‘ah well, it’s good for the garden’? Well it’s not. Because the moisture has been readily available in the soil, the grass roots are shallow. They’ve had no need to reach down deep into the soil. So the grass isn’t very strong.
Ideally in its fragile state it would be left to recover. No one would walk on it. And certainly no trucks would clip the edges of it. I think we both know that the grass here has not enjoyed that luxury. So after a little rough handling, many of the blades have abandoned ship, and what we’re left with is some muddy gloop (which at least I don’t need to mow).
How To Fix It There’s good news. There is hope for a revival.
And bad news. It’s likely to get worse before it gets better.
As the cold weather sets in there will be frosts and maybe snow (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!!). And then you / the children / the postman will stroll across, enjoying the satisfying crunch underfoot, totally oblivious to the fact that the fragile little grass blades are being decimated underneath.
Then as the snow / frost melts, more water seeps into the soil.
If your garden is lawn is looking as sorry a mine, it will seem unbelievable that it could get even more brown.
So stay off the grass as much as possible. Even if that means having a polite word with the postman.
Once the weather improves and spring is on the horizon, give the lawn a helping hand with some additional seed and plenty of fertilizer.
Or Get Rid Of It For many families, simply staying off the grass is not an option. If you’ve invested in a climbing frame or other play equipment, you want your children to be able to play with it, even if it is at the expense of the grass. Even if half the lawn turns to mush, then gets tracked through the house.
Artificial grass has improved massively in appearance in recent years, and is designed to withstand sporting activities and the British weather.
Alternatively, if you’d rather avoid the faux appearance and commit to a non-grass-like appearance, there are a range of colourful rubberized play surfaces that can be laid instead.
The most affordable way to make a big difference, is to install play surfaces in the areas around play equipment where the grass is currently taking the worst of the traffic. Then look after the lawn in the rest of the garden to keep the space looking green and natural.