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Lawns

A tidy lawn is to a house what a business card is to an enterprise, being associated with neatness and thorough care of the property. In spite of their often flawless appearance, lawns are not too difficult to maintain once a routine of basic operations is in place.

Watering a lawn, particularly in dryer seasons, in necessary in order to keep it looking fresh; this can be done manually or with the aid of automated sprinklers. It is essential to balance the amount of water and oxygen roots get in order to absorb nutrients properly and at the same time avoid flooding. Lawns are typically watered using lawn pop-up sprinklers, which come in a range of variations.

Mowing gives a lawn its levelled and well-ordered appearance and should be done on a regular basis, using a lawn mower, which comes in a number of variations. Some people also use scarifiers and lawn aerators to remove the thatch and moss, for the grass to receive a higher amount of oxygen. Mowers are typically powered by petrol or electricity, some being cordless and suiting small areas.

Most lawn owners also undertake weed control, which can be done mechanically, using high temperatures or herbicides. Whereas herbicides are not ideal for farming, they are suitable for lawns and are known to be quite efficient against dandelions and other unwanted plants. Besides weeds, lawns are often damaged by pests, mainly those operating underground, such as moles, which dig their way through the ground, leaving mounds of dug up earth where they exit from their subterranean trenches to seek food. A non toxic solution is installing sonic devices, imperceptible to the human ear.

The biggest threats to UK lawns however remain cockchafter beetles, which breed in large numbers and eat the roots of the grass, leaving brown patches and sometimes completely compromising large areas.