I'm a gardening expert and you have been caring for your lawn all wrong | The Sun

I'm a gardening expert and you have been caring for your lawn all wrong | The Sun

EVERYONE wants to have a pristine, green lawn when it comes to summer.

But one gardening expert has revealed the mistakes your making that are having the opposite effect.

We all want to be able to enjoy our garden during the summer and gardening expert Peter Dowdall has revealed where you're going wrong when it comes to caring for your lawn.

The expert recommends ditching the 'feed and weed' products for your lawn as they often contain nasty chemicals.

"All weed killers are very damaging in terms of biodiversity so they’re not something that I would use or recommend at all," he told Gardening etc.

He said that achieving the 'perfect lawn' is not a one size fits all and each lawn is individual.

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Peter added: "There’s a lot of products out there that are called "lawn feed and weed", that just blanket bomb the whole lawn with a weed killer that’s not necessary in most of the lawn, and it’s just damaging the soil and the insects and the ecosystem as a whole."

Instead, the expert recommends going au naturel with your lawn by cutting out chemicals and learning to love wild flowers and weeds.

However, if you feel your lawn needs a pick-me-up during the summer months you cna opt for a natural feed.

Carlos Real, lawn care expert and managing director of Total Lawn said: "Once the hot weather has passed, give your lawn a little help with recovery by applying a dose of liquid seaweed in a feed."

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And if you want to make sure your lawn has minimal brown patches this summer, Ruth Hayes, gardening editor of Amateur Gardening shared some simple advice.

The expert revealed: "Keep the blade on a fairly high setting as this ensures the lawn will stay looking lush, even through dry spells.

"Cut too short and the parched soil below will start to show through."

She also adds that there's no point in watering your lawn unless you are hosting a garden party.

but if there are bald patches she recommends repairing it by forking up the soil and re-seeding, then water it in and protect from hungry birds.

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