The British lawn – a brief history, and what to do when

There’s no denying that Britain has slightly obsessive love affair with lawns – and it’s one that dates back through the centuries.  The first lawns were probably found in medieval monasteries, where their greenness was said to aid contemplation.  More importantly though, they were traditionally a sign of wealth – enormous lawns found in country estates cost a fortune to maintain. Before the invention of lawn mowers, having a lawn meant you also had to keep plenty of sheep and goats, and employ enough men to ensure your four-legged mowers were doing their work properly and not doing their business all over the garden.

Today, lawns are less a sign of wealth but they are still important for aesthetic appeal and can add value to our homes. According to the Daily Mail, there are 15 million lawns in Britain, and as a nation we spend more than £54 million a year on lawn fertilisers and around £127 million on lawn mowers – that’s a big contribution to the economy.

There’s many a tale about how to keep your lawn in tip top condition throughout the year – ensuring it is kept clear of weeds, grows evenly and avidly and is free from pests and diseases such as fairy rings.

Here’s a handy infographic courtesy of Heiton Buckley which will keep you right throughout the seasons.  Refer to these images to be clear on when to roll, scarify, weed, fertilise, feed, and all the rest of it! Let’s keep Britain’s love of lawns alive.

Happy mowing!

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