Posted: 18/03/2017 at 23:22
Smiley My Dad poured a drop of petrol on the ants nests and then a match, don't do this at home. You can get some ant killer from any Garden Shop. Washed sand is building sand with the salt washed out of it, it originated as beach so there could be residual salt there in which would not do the lawn any good. Once you have mixed the sand and compost brush it into cracks as well as into the aerating holes, the grass will grow into it in time. You can even up the lawn by getting a long straight lath put it edge up on the lawn and sweep it round in a circle, you will see the high and low points. Fill the hollows with the same sand and compost mix, if they are deep just fill half an inch let the grass grow into the first application then do it again until you get a level, we levelled any low points on the bowling green the same way but did it in Autumn so we could bowl in the Spring. This may take a couple of years to get a level verdant lawn, you said it has been neglected.
So way to go, Aerate and scarify, Fill with a mix of washed sand and compost, Mow to no less than one inch at least once a fortnight and when the grass is growing fast (a warm summer, remember them?) mow once a week. use a feed and weed mid April and water in well (all Garden shops have it) six weeks later feed and weed again. You will start to see a big difference in the summer. Autumn aerate and scarify the lawn after the last cut, use Winter feed and weed slow release and water in well, I put it down when it is going to rain and still use a hose. It will take time although worth it in the end. One of my lawns is 35 years old and people passing say how good it looks the other lawn South facing so more water is needed but that also looks good, lawns take a lot of maintenance while growing, in winter I stay off it, if I need to go on it I use a board to stand on, a little thought can make life so much easier.
I would have got back earlier only I had a house full family Grandchildren and dogs, the larder is now empty so they all went home, still, that is what life is about, I love it.