Grass guru Richard pampers his turf

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Getting your back garden lawn to look like Wembley is just like “growing a beard” said pitch guru Richard Hayden.

He said you need to care for grass like you'd care for a beard.

He said it needs to be treated properly and cut regularly to keep it in good shape.

Here are his other tips.

  • Feed the lawn regularly – preferably with organic fertiliser.
  • Mow the lawn at least twice a week.
  • Do NOT overwater. Grass is very resilient and will grow back even in periods of hot weather.
  • Invest in a mower which has a rear roller to achieve the striping effect.
  • Wildflowers are great but not in the middle of lawns – grow them on the sides and around the garden.

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But he joked: “My own lawn isn't great.

“When I'm home it's a bit like a busman's holiday.

“If my girlfriend heard I would be giving advice on lawns at home I wouldn't hear the end of it!”