Last year Paul Davies, one of our customers, entered the Briggs and Stratton ‘Britain’s Best Lawn 2014’ competition and pulled off a well deserved win.
Your votes together with Lawnsmith Fertiliser will have certainly helped but when you read the story of his lawn you’ll realise how much hard work, time and planning went into his love affair with grass.
We moved in in May 2004 and the main lawn was in poor condition; pretty much a mown meadow.
In 2006 we started to reshape and extend the lawn. Scarification, levelling and overseeding to try to improve condition. Biggest problem was bumps, trenches and hollows after many years of mole activity and general inattention.
Though it looked nice and green it was actually full of clover. About half a tonne of biomass coming off with every cut!
By October 2010 I finally gave up with the Main Lawn surface and decided to take drastic action. Extreme scarification to knock back the existing sward and overlaying with 2-3 inches of good quality topsoil from elsewhere in the garden. This all caused general panic given that my wife had just committed to opening for the NGS the following July!
Lawnsmith Comment: It can be quite risky overlaying soil on to existing turf so if this is in your plans make sure you do as Paul did and scarify heavily and add a good layer of top soil.
With a sigh of relief all round by June 2011 and just before our first NGS Opening all came good. Hopefully worth all the effort!
Since then we have maintained a regime of scarification and regular mowing which has also resulted in us being Runner-up in the 2012 Daily Telegraph “Most Creatively Mown Lawn” competition.
We switched to Lawnsmith Fertiliser in 2014 as our target was the Briggs & Stratton ‘Britain’s Best Lawn’. It certainly helped and here we are today with a beautiful lawn, a lot of enjoyment plus the recognition of winning this coveted prize.