Now that the warmer weather is here, it is the perfect time to look at implementing a lawn care workout routine that works for both you and your lawn! In this blog, we take a look at a range of activities that will not only help you get fit but help your lawn get in its best shape for the warmer months ahead.
In some ways, we are just like our lawns! Just as we need the right nutrients to fuel our bodies and nourish us, so do our lawns. When looking at what fertilisers to use for your lawn, look for a fertiliser that has a well-rounded base of nutrients. For fertilising your turf, we recommend using our Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser. Our fertiliser has a balanced NPK ratio (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) aka the macronutrients your lawn needs of 16 – 0.7 – 4 and contains beneficial trace elements, including Sulphur, Calcium, and Iron.
Now that we have nutrients looked after let’s look at a few workouts that can get you and your lawn in shape.
Aerating your lawn is a great way to help improve the performance of your lawn. It will help open the soil profile to allow for more air, water and nutrients to reach down into the soil profile. But did you know that the movement required to drive your garden fork or tyne aerator into the ground can help build muscle, including several back muscles, shoulders, arms, and legs.
To aerate your lawn with a garden fork or tyne aerator, drive the fork into the lawn and wriggle it back and forth to help fracture up the soil profile.
If you want to make aerating your area a bit easier or if your soil is particularly compacted, give your lawn a good water a day or two before aerating to help make the soil softer.
If you want to improve your cardio skills, mowing your lawn is a great way to help you get your steps in for the day. A self-propelled mower can make mowing an easier task, but if you have the mower disengaged or are using a mower without a self-propelled function, it can increase the intensity of your lawn care workout.
When it comes to mowing and improving your health, consistency is key. The more frequently you mow your lawn, the healthier it will become.
Another great way to help get your cardio in for the day is to get on top of weeds in your lawn. When it comes to most weed types, you can simply remove them by hand.
A walking lunge will allow you to both reach down to the grass to pull weeds out from your lawn but also target most major muscle groups in your lower body. Another great lawn care workout exercise that you can use is a walking sumo squat. This will target your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
If you want to incorporate more upper body muscles when removing weeds, you can even incorporate an army crawl, but you might want only to do this in the backyard away from your neighbours to avoid a few possible stares.
If you are after more lawn care tips and advice to get your lawn in shape for the warmer months ahead, check out our spring lawn care blog here.