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Pre Season Lawn Blog
Don’t be fooled by the false spring that March brings as we can start to think umbrellas are not needed and the BBQ’s can start taking place. So before you go ahead just quickly take in consideration some do’s and dont's in order to have a happy green and cut lawn during Spring.
Firstly there are various issues that surround and affect many lawns in the UK around this time of year. These issues can have arisen from many outside factors for example the long hibernation of the lawn through winter which in turn has given your lawn an outgrowth of moss due to compacted soil, or the dull wet weather that March brings which invites worm casts.
Aeriation – Lightly spiking the lawn with a rolling aerator and not a hollow tine will help your soil to de-compact, working straight away against moss and worms casts. Furthermore aerating aids the lawn to begin breathing after the long winter, which in turn will let your lawn take in a lot more needed, vital nutrients. Reason for a rolling aerator and not a hollow tine is simply because of the damage that the hollow tine could do if frost were to be present.
Treating Moss – If you have a large area covered with moss, a ferrous sulphate based product will start blackening the moss within days. Ferrous sulphate also toughens the lawn against winter conditions, so this procedure is a great chance to kick-start your lawn.
Reducing Worm Casts – Seeing many blotches of soil remains on top of your lawn usually relates to a worm cast. Aerating and using a ferrous sulphate based product will start to make your lawn not only greener and stronger but it slowly starts to make your lawn a less inviting place for worms. A note to take in mind is you are not trying to get rid of all the worms, it’s just too simply reduce the amount of worms you may have as they can start to work against your lawns appearance.
A Low Setting For Mowing – If you want to cut your lawn, you can definitely go ahead, just make sure the lawn is as dry as can be and the mower settings are high as well. I usually cut the lawn for my customers on a dry day which was previously followed by a dry day, this will just aid me into minimising the damage to the lawn because of the stiffer/drier soil.
Heavy Scarification – Again if you want to rake up some leaves that could have been left over from the previous fall, certainly not a problem in fact they could be working against a greener lawn, so raking them is definitely a must. Just make sure it is a dry day which was followed by a dry day. This is because of two things, a stiffer soil means your footsteps won’t compact the soil as much and when you’re raking against the ground it won’t be taking along with it the vulnerable lawn that you may have. Any heavy scarification procedures will have to be done at the right time, if you go ahead with a machine based scarification it will tear your lawn and soil into a mud landscape. Scarifying is still important so manually scarifying is a possibility, just depends on the weather that March ultimately brings.
May (early summer)Lawn Blog
Lately the weather in Wales has changed dramatically into a holiday hotspot. Nothing but sun and temperatures around 17-23 Celsius. This brings equally as many benefits to the lawn as there are negatives, luckily the negatives can easily be eradicated or prevented. The following is some quick advice on what to expect and how to act upon it for the next three months.
WEEDS: as of the weather getting a lot warmer weeds will start to make their way through the lawn, they then will start to flower and seed which only means one thing, more weeds. Weed control is important around this time of year to prevent a massive infestation of unwanted weeds. For now, weeds are just coming up for most lawns. Therefore, treating them individually or if you have a bigger case of weeds it would be worthwhile spraying the whole lawn with lawn weed killer. Keeping them under control is vital.
AERIATION: Aerating your lawn is still important during the next three months, although the benefits are not obvious, the aerating procedure works in the background by helping your lawn withstand droughts for longer and helping the lawns roots get deeper and stronger. Using a hollow tine aerator is not advisable unless you can irrigate, otherwise you are going to be encouraging a dry lawn.
SCARIFYING: Gently raking out moss if grass growth is good will help your lawn. Gently is an important word, as if you do it too much you can be mixing around weed seeds and they will land on any bare patch on the lawn.
REPAIRS AND SEEDING: Lawn repairs require continuous water to help the grass seed grow so only undertake repairs and seeding if you can water if conditions are or become dry.
MOWING LAWN: Although the weather has brightened up I would still advise to mow when you can as the sun filled weather isn’t guaranteed all the time. Don’t forget to lower mowing cut length when grass growth picks up. On the other hand, remember that grass is made up of mostly water therefore if you have a dry lawn or dry soil, keeping the grass length higher will help the lawn maintain its moisture by creating a barrier between dry sun and the soil.
WATERING LAWN - The signs to look for when the lawn is starting to gasp a little are: a change in colour with the lawn becoming dull as moisture levels become low. In addition, the lawn will lose its ‘springiness’ and foot prints will remain in the lawn when normally the grass would spring back to shape.
If the lawn has started to turn brown however, you’re well passed the watering point and it may be best to let the lawn go dormant!
You must avoid having wet grass at night as this promotes disease. Therefore, water before the heat of the day so that the lawn has time to dry before nightfall. You can put the sprinkler on anytime from 4am to early afternoon on most days even sunny ones. If the temperature gets above 24 Celsius turn the water off.
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