Monthly Archives: September 2010

  • Save water with bark!

    The appropriate use of bark mulch in the garden can help plants through the dryer summer months by preventing the majority of water loss by evaporation from the soil.It also adds organic matter to the soil and helps prevent erosion.

    A covering of bark reduces light so preventing germination of many weed seeds and fewer weeds provide less competition for available moisture and nutrients. Using bark to control weeds is also safer than applying herbicides.

    There are many different grades of bark. Some are specialist and others are suited for a variety of applications. It is important to choose the right bark for your project.

    We provide three grades of bark:

    Rolawn Landscaping Bark is a mid-dark brown, multi-purpose grade bark derived from forestry woodchip. It is a natural product and will enhance the appearance of landscaping projects.

    Rolawn Play Grade Bark is a quality, reddish brown, pine bark, which is ideal for use in children’s play areas. It is tested to BSEN1177:1998 regarding impact absorption.

    Rolawn Decorative Bark is a quality, durable, golden brown deluxe ornamental pine bark. Its attractive appearance and shape make it ideal for beds and borders.

    So, why not use some bark in your garden, it will improve many various technical aspects and looks great.

    Our bark products can be found here >

  • Laying Your Turf

    First things first, you will need to identify the answers to these five questions:

    1. Is your soil prepared for new turf?
    2. Do you have the correct amount of turf ordered?
    3. Do you have the tools needed for laying turf?
    4. Do you know how to arrange the new turf?
    5. Do you know how to care for the new turf?

    Once you have covered these basic considerations, you are ready to go. Laying your own turf is very satisfying and can be enjoyable.

    Rolawn turf comes in neat, consistent rolls and is ready to lay. It is important not to wait to unroll the turf, as the turf should be rolled out immediately. Having said this, the longest you can wait is 24 hours in the autumn or winter and just 12 hours in the spring or summer.

    The following information should get you ready to go when you receive your delivery.

    Turf Laying Tools

    You only actually need a few tools for laying turf

    • a wheelbarrow
    • a rake
    • a spade

    in addition to these three things you should have a garden hose, or for smaller areas a watering can.

    Getting Going

    To begin with, use your wheelbarrow to carry the turf to the furthest point from the delivery area. By doing this you will only be carrying the turf a short distance once you are tired. Always try to unroll your turf along the longest border and always roll turf across a slope and not down it.

    Knitting Your Turf Together

    • Start laying along a straight side in a row, "butt jointing" the ends tightly together.
    • Do not stretch the turf, always push the turf into a joint. Avoid gaps, but if they do occur fill them in with a light soil/sand mixture (Rolawn Turf & Lawn Seeding Topsoil is ideal for this) and gently tap down.
    • Ensure complete contact between the soil and the underside of the turf and if necessary use a flat board or a pole to lightly firm down the turf. Never use a roller on freshly laid turf.
    • Trim the ends of the turf with a spade to fit around trees, paths and so on.
    • If the outer edges of the new turf are exposed, pile a bit of soil on them to prevent drying from the sun.

    Care After Unrolling Your Turf

    The first month or so is the most important time for establishing your new turf. Here are some watering tips for you to follow to help establish your new turf:

    • Immediately after laying, start watering. Ensure that the new lawn is never short of water. Check under corners of the turf to confirm that water has thoroughly percolated through to the underlying soil. Water repeatedly for at least two weeks and certainly until the turf is well established. Once established, weekly watering during dry periods should be adequate.
    • Walk on and press down those edges in the turf that are not well seated.
    • Mow the lawn as soon as it grows long enough.
  • Looking After Your Lawn in Autumn

    Autumn is an important season for taking care of your lawn. It is important to use the last months of the growing season to strengthen and prepare the lawn for the rigours of winter. The effort put into a lawn in autumn will improve the quality and health of the lawn right through into the following Spring and beyond.

    Mowing

    As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall the rate at which the grass grows will slow, meaning that the lawn will need mowing less frequently. It is also a good idea to raise the height of cut as winter approaches. As always maintain your mower in good condition and keep the blades sharp.

    Apply an Autumn Lawn Food

    This gives the lawn the essential nutrients it needs to strengthen itself for winter. As autumn progresses damp still conditions can lead to diseases such as fusarium patch. Applying Rolawn GroRight Autumn Lawn Food in early autumn will help combat these by strengthening the grass plants as well as giving your lawn an attractive green colour. You can buy Rolawn Lawn Food online now.

    Overseeding

    Depending upon the wear and tear which your lawn has received over the previous months you may want to overseed the lawn in early autumn. Rolawn recommends a mix of our Medallion lawn seed with our Lawn Topdressing brushed into the surface of the lawn. The seed will germinate ahead of winter and give a thicker, denser lawn the following season.

    Topdressing

    If your lawn has become uneven then topdressing will even out any low areas. A rate of 1 – 3 kg per square metre will be sufficient when brushed into the lawn surface especially in lower areas. It is a good idea to add our Medallion Lawn seed to a topdressing to help fill in any thin areas It is always best to carry out topdressing when the lawn is dry. Topdressing also helps break down thatch and aids drainage. Click here to buy topdressing online now.

    Aeration

    Aerate consolidated areas of the lawn with a hand fork or with a spiking machine. These are available for hire from local garden centres or DIY stores for larger lawns. This will relieve compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into the root system leading to a healthier lawn.

    Dealing with worms

    Remember worms improve the nutrient content of a soil and are beneficial to the soil structure. Worm casts are best left to dry and then swept or brushed away with a stiff brush.

    Clear the lawn of leaves and debris

    As leaves start to fall from the trees use a light rake or brush to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris. Specialist leaf sweepers and lawn vacuums are available for hire from local garden centres or DIY stores for larger lawns.

    Scarification

    Scarification reduces the build up of dead grass matter, roots and moss which can cause increased stress to the grass plants. Scarification can be done using a spring-tine rake by vigorously pulling the rake through the grass sward. Electric scarifiers are also available for hire from local garden centres or DIY stores.

    Broadleaf weed treatment

    Broad leaved weeds should be treated using a suitable selective herbicide. Alternatively weed them out by hand or using a knife / mechanical weeder remembering to get the root of the weed out.

    Dealing with moss

    If moss is a problem on your lawn you will need to scarify it out. You may also consider applying moss-killer product before scarifying. This will help to kill and remove more of the moss, allow the moss to turn brown/black before scarifying. After this it may be appropriate to overseed using Medallion lawn seed if taking the moss out leaves the lawn thin in some areas.

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