Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]


Last year I achieved in my eyes my perfect lawn. It looked great:

This year I've followed the same steps but I'm just not happy with it, maybe I'm being too picky, maybe I've made a mistake (over/under fed, over/under watered) or maybe it's too early to see the results I want?

Here's what I've done (pictures below):

  1. Evergreen 4in1
  2. Scarify
  3. Evergreen multi purpose seed
  4. MiracleGro Patch Magic
  5. Watered with MiracleGro Liquafeed once
  6. Watered with sprinkler every 2 days
  7. Evergreen Extreme Green

First cut

First treatment: Applying Evergreen 4in1

13 days later a few scorch patches, and also uneven lines of dark/light green


Patch magic applied, uneven colours are starting to show (far left side is dark green)


Applied Evergreen Extreme Green (spreader)


So now the Extreme Green has scorched my lawn (my fault obviously), and I've seen no improvement with the colour.

I have a few questions I hope anyone can help with:

  1. Is there anything I've missed above/done wrong?
  2. How often should I be watering?
  3. What cutting height should I use? I currently use between 2" - 2.5"

Sorry for the long post, I'm just trying to sort it before summer.



  • Wolfsbane2kWolfsbane2k Posts: 20

    Wow, thats still a lovely looking lawn, well done!

    Although i can't contribute to your problems, but have just started a similar routine myself, which i think i screwed up instantly by messing up the 4-in-1, so watching the thread with interest!

  • ightenighten Posts: 184

    Also watching with interest as the new  lawned area  has been an unmitigated disaster (not helped by seeding to early then having (what felt like)  nothing but cold days and no sun until last week..


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 404

    I have shown this to my husband ( who is very keen on his lawn!) and asked him what he thinks.

    Assuming you are not growing a lawn for the children/grandchildren to play on, 2.5 inches is a little long. He would keep watering say twice a week (assuming you have no rain), to try & dissipate the lawn food. He has noticed that on the lawn feed packets they often refer to a handful as being 35g ( I think I have this right) but unless you have really small hands it is often much more than that, so he has pinched my old kitchen scales and uses them to measure feed to get an accurate measurement - told you he was keen.

    The problem with the type of spreader that you have to put the Evergreen on ,is that when you get to the end & turn around, you get an excess of feed in that area, which causes the scorching.

    He measures the area using canes and broadcasts by hand (using gloves of course).  

    Hope this is of some help.

  • ImpHostaImpHosta Posts: 56

    Ann your hubby must be very lawn-proud! 

    I strive for such perfection but with my daughter and dog both having a ridiculous notion that a lawn is for PLAYING on it's an on-going challenge for me! image

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 404

    Well, it keeps him out of mischief ! image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    A keen lawn man I know said that his life changed when he got one of those devices that distribute the lawn feed mechanically; it is so much more accurateimage

  • C.JC.J Posts: 12
    Thanks all.

    Today it's got worse, to the point I'm worrying the lawn is dying.

    Does PH play a big part? I read 6.5-7 is ideal, but checking tonight the 'good' grass is around 4.5, and the patchy/yellow grass is around 6.5.

    The 'wet' meter is off the scale at 10.

  • C.JC.J Posts: 12
    Hi Verdun.

    No spiking or top dressing.

    Where should I go from here? I'm assuming the products I've added are still working there way into the soil, so am I best holding off doing anything this week?

    Should I start overseeing again? Hold off on watering until my meter states it's dry?
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Mike, it is so lovely to hear from you again; hope you are feeling better.

    I have always thought that lawns are best left to men, they seem to care about them passionately, I only have a tiny one and it is the most neglected area of my garden. I simply can't get very enthusiastic about a large area of green: flowers and veg just seem so much more interestingimage

  • C.JC.J Posts: 12
    Thanks Mike.

    Would you suggest I still water the scorched areas even though the soil (to the touch and meter reader) is wet?

    I've never watered during the day, only late after the sun has passed the garden.
  • DaisyheadcaseDaisyheadcase Posts: 315


     C J I admire your dedication and understand your need for gardening perfection.  But Verdun's advice seems sound.  Just think, you could have my lawns!!!!

  • DaisyheadcaseDaisyheadcase Posts: 315

    Ah, are too kind.  It is fun but it needs a lot of work after 5 years of neglect.  And it's quite large so I find it hard to keep up as I work full-time.  I'm actually planning to dig up the near lawn a section at a time and reseed, unfortunately I'm a bit ill at the moment and so it's all come to a bit of halt.  One day my lawn will be nice, but like you say, so long as it's nice to walk and play on and the dandelions are few and far between, then I'll be happy.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,084

    Daisy, as an interim measure, I would just mow the lawn on a high setting once a week. maybe a bit of autumn feed when the autumn rains come. Digging up the lawn and reseeding is a major project and it looks like you have plenty to be going on with. My lawn is more weeds than grass, but kept mown, its a green patch that has the same effect if you don't look too close.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DaisyheadcaseDaisyheadcase Posts: 315

    Thanks fidget, you are right.  Probably a bit of edging with the half moon might make it look a bit tidier too.


  • Chris65Chris65 Posts: 42

    C.J. Personally I think you've over done it in too short time scale.

    This is all just my personal opinion so please feel free to disagree image

    I think you started a bit late with the treatment(s) and then have rushed everything since. I applied the Westland Lawn Feed with Weed and Moss Killer back in march (I feel this has a little lawn feed and more weed and moss killer), then scarified in April. I then applied a very light top dressing late April and have only last week applied the Evergreen 4 in 1 (I always feel this is more lawn feed than weed killer, opposite to the above product). Apart from that, I have cut the lawn (twice a weekat the moment) and that's it.

    At this time of year I really don't think the lawn needs watering at all, the odd shower and dew through the night keeps the ground damp enough. I think you have over watered with the sprinkler twice a day. The grass drying out does it no harm at all and may even kill the odd weed, especially in the height of summer. Also, with letting it dry out a bit your encouraging the roots to dig deeper and making the grass stronger.

    I would advise with your lawn to calm down with the chemicals and the watering, give it the odd rake by hand and keep cutting once or twice a week. Rather than using patch magic, grab yourself some good quality seed, mix it with a bit of soil and spread where your patches are, they'll recover in no time at all. Also over seed the rest of your lawn, it's amazing what a bit of overseeding can achieve.

    If your have to cave in to your watering needs, use a watering can and just keep your patches where you've spread the seed damp, maybe a little water once or twice a week maximum.

    Keep us updated, would love to see the lawn in June/July looking lovely and lush image


  • C.JC.J Posts: 12
    Thanks again all.

    I'm not sure if there was confusion, but I wasn't watering twice a day (every other day) and I was only watering in the evening (around 8/9pm).

    I've aerated this evening as advised and will leave it be for the next week or two (except for cutting) and report back.

    I'm a patient man, but I'm keen to rectify the mistakes I've made without the risk of making it worse.

    I really do appreciate your informative comments
Sign In or Register to comment.