Ah, we English and our love of lawns. No garden would seem to be complete without a smooth patch of green to gaze upon. But a good lawn needs sunshine, good drainage and regular mowing to look its best so after a winter of seemingly endless rain, frost and snow, your green sward probably looks more like a rough cow pasture than a bowling green.
You may throw your hands up in horror, but I see no harm in a scattering of daisies or a bit of moss here and there. And truly, I’ve lost count of glum-faced visitors despairingly telling me that their lawn looks like someone has attacked it with a flamethrower after they had treated it with weed and mosskiller.
The single best thing you can do for your lawn is to improve the drainage, by aerating it. For a small lawn, simply go over it with a garden fork, pushing it in vertically a few inches and pull backwards to lever the lawn up a touch. Even better, use a hollow tined lawn aerator, which pulls out a small plug of turf each time you push it in. Then rake the lawn with a spring tined rake to pull out some of the dead grass and moss to let air and light in.
Finish with a lawn pick-me-up feed of a generous sprinkling of bonemeal and calcified seaweed, then top dress with a fine layer of compost and horticultural sand (not Lawn Sand – it’s got mosskiller in it). Finally, mow it every week to keep it crisp and encourage the finer grasses to outcompete the coarser ones.