For some reason (possibly age), I’ve become quite interested in having a lush lawn covering my back garden.

I’ve tried weed and feed, throwing down new grass seed (overseeding), attempting to rake out moss (doesn’t seem to shift easily) and trying to bring brown dead patches back to life.

So far, the overseeding has worked quite well and the lawn looks greener and feels thicker. Grassier, you could say. But the mossy areas, and the brown, dead areas have barely improved.

Here is a photo of the lawn on April 1st (no pun intended):

Ugly Lawn

And this is how it looks today, six weeks later:

Better Lawn

As you can see, a lot of the patches are looking better, but I’m still not happy with it.

Leave cut grass on the lawn?

A lot of people, myself included, have believed that it’s better to leave the grass clippings on the lawn as we’re told they act as a free fertilizer.

I’ve not found that to be the case. All that happens is when you need to mow your lawn again after leaving all the clippings lying there, you have big clumps of old grass that just gets in the way.

The plan

I’ve come across the idea of putting compost (or maybe topsoil) on the lawn to help re-fertilize. Seems reasonable to me, plus, grass seed just thrown on a dead brown patch, would be covered away from the prying eyes and beaks of birds!

So I started looking in to what to use to put my compost heap/bin, in. I couldn’t think of anything to hand to put the compost-to-be materials in. Would I have to buy one?

And then I spotted some tyres that my partner had got from a neighbour. She’d planned to put plants or something in them, but nothing had happened with them (a couple of years later)!

Here they are:

Three old tyres

And here they are with some clippings from a bush plus weeds. I sprayed a load of water on as well to help with decomposition:

First load of clippings and weeds inside tyres

Tomorrow, I’ll do some strimming and all that waste will be thrown on to my new compost tyre stack.

Let’s see how it looks in the next few weeks…