Michael Leapman, gardening expert and author of the allotment book One Man and His Plot, has emphasised his belief that the lawn represents the central, defining element of the British garden.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, he explained that the borders are where green-fingered enthusiasts allow colours to run riot – but the lawn is where man truly demonstrates his mastery over nature.
A meticulously controlled patch of grass can be calm and comforting, the expert continued, adding that it is also a very British characteristic to maintain a lawn in this fashion.
Indeed, he compared it to being like an Anglicised version of bullfighting in that the simplicity of the outcome can conceal a world of artistry, nuance and masculine pride.
"A crisply defined stripe is the calling card of the dedicated lawnsman," Mr Leapman remarked, adding: "Given that the pursuit sits at the intersection of machinery, sport and nerdish attention to detail, it is not surprising that most lawn-heads are men. In alternating dark and light green, this pattern signifies that a lawn is deeply cherished."
The expert added that no matter what kind of strip the garden is defined by, it is very important that it is carefully maintained throughout the colder, autumn season. Indeed, the Royal Horticultural Society is currently campaigning to raise awareness of the many benefits of getting to work with the garden equipment after summer – despite the temperature.
Mr Leapman stated that the grass grows much more slowly than it has been doing, so it requires less frequent mowing.
Adjusting the height of the blades is a good idea – and it would be a good idea to trim quite highly, so the grass can retain more water and receives better protection from the elements.
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