Autumn is the perfect time for lawn care.
Lawns have taken a real battering this summer, scorched to cinders by weeks of blistering heat and desiccated by months without so much as a drop of rain. But as this year’s seemingly endless summer fades from our immediate consciousness, autumn tempests are rolling in from the Atlantic bringing with them every type of rainfall. From early morning mizzle, that whilst appearing reasonably harmless somehow manages to soak you so deeply that it feels as though its seeped all the way through to your bones, to the lavish downpours full with a sense of foreboding, it’s not only us that are getting a soaking but our long-suffering lawns too.
Having slaked their thirst, lawns are springing once again into action, verdancy returning and growth surging forth again, however whilst grasses have remarkable resilience and will bounce back quickly after a few days of rain, there are still signs of the damage done by summer’s sultriness and their powers of recovery can be enhanced with autumn lawn care. This is why autumn (and spring) are the times of year when we offer our clients lawns some TLC with a healthy dose of lawn care.
Lawns are often overlooked features, yet these ubiquitous plant-communities are the workhorses of the garden, providing soft though generally hard-wearing surfaces for walking, wheeling and fun-and-game filled summers, but just like the other, more showy specimens in your garden, these colonies of tiny plants still need some care to keep them looking their best. But given their amazing resilience and the practical, usable nature of their lush expanse, rather than paying minimal attention to an indistinguishable green mass, why not make the lawn a key feature of your garden?
Read on for 3 ways to make your lawn extraordinary:
1) Create your own grassy knoll
Whether it be a vantage point to survey all before you or as a focal point to display a sculpture as in the example above, creating your very own Jarn Mound to climb adds interest to an otherwise flat landscape.
Prefer to burrow down than hit dizzying heights? How about a turfed amphitheatre?
Prefer to keep your lawn level? There’s still plenty of scope to do something creative. With some proper lawn care, your lawn should look lush and plentiful, so how about making use of all that healthy growth by mowing a pattern into it. The ‘Jubilee Lawn’ above is a stylised, yet naturalistic Union Jack design, which our team keep looking smart by closely cutting sharp, straight diagonal pathways through grass allowed to grow long, but you could utilise circular shapes mown into ornamental grasses for sitting and enjoying watching the long grasses shift and sway in the wind.
Lastly, think about shape and form. Adding sinuous curves to lawn boundaries with circular, lozenge-form or free-form shapes lends a sensuous, dreamy-feel to the gardenscape, whether it’s clean-lined contemporary style or softly billowing cottage garden borders. It’s not only mood that can be influenced by clever use of shape and form, but perspective too can be used to it’s the best advantage. Unexpected lawn shapes give a totally different aspect and can be used to make smaller garden feel bigger and large gardens feel more homely. For example, laying a rhombus-shaped lawn on a diagonal plane really opens out a smaller garden, whilst creating a number of smaller curvier lawns and beds within a large garden breaks up the space.
Left you longing for a more extraordinary lawn? Our garden maintenance team help to keep clients existing lawns looking their very best. If you’d like some regular, expert horticultural care in your garden, you can find out more about our services here.
Inspired to create a more artful lawned landscape? We’d love to hear your thoughts for your garden. Please get in touch with us here.