The other day, I was grabbing lunch in a proper pub-pub. The kind that had curtain-covered, brown bar stools, a dart board in the corner, a lovely pub garden with patchwork grass and quotes etched into brass bar signs, one of which read, “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half as wonderful as a lush green lawn – Sir Winston Churchill.”
Okay, so that’s not a genuine quote by our most stoic of wartime leaders, but it probably could have been – that’s how much charming gravitas it boasts. It sounds like something old Churchy would have rumbled on about during one of his famous dinner quips, which is because a manicured lawn is one of those guilty pleasures us English-folk share. We all love a lawn – especially these garden champs. It’s a quintessentially British thing; the backdrop to rain-soaked barbecue bashes, Pimms-parties, Test cricket, childhood memories, garden games, high tea and jam-covered scone, “oooh, it’s sunny” picnic lunches and jumper-for-goalposts-kickabouts.
The point I am trying to make is: a lush lawn is the most important part of a garden. Whether it’s sitting on your back patio as you slurp on your morning coffee or chugging on a craft ale as you swing in your hammock at the end of a long day; every occasion is made better by a beautiful slab of turf.
That’s why I’ve pulled together a list of 8 incredibly useful tips, tricks and bits of advice to help you in your hunt for the perfect lawn. Trust me: if the weather reports are anything to go by, this hotter-than-the-Azores, garden weather is going to be hanging around for a few more months yet, meaning it’s time to enjoy your little slice of the great outdoors. You might even get a little nod of appreciation from Keen Kevin the next time he peeps over the fence to see what you’ve been up to.
And there we have it: everything you need to know about making your lawn great again (which is probably what President Trump says to the ironically-Mexican White House gardeners).