Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Hosepipe Ban Update Apr19th

    Freshly laid turf needs to be watered until the roots have established and the water companies are aware of this.

    Watering canIt is entirely possible to water a freshly laid lawn using a watering can. As soon as the roots have established watering is no longer necessary.

    There are notes in hosepipe ban regulations, advising exemptions in the case of newly laid lawns.
    Within the UKWIR Code of Practice and Guidelines on Water Use Restrictions (report ref. No. 11/WR/33/3), there is actually an advisory note to allow hosepipe watering of newly laid lawns up to 28 days after laying:

    • Page 28 Under “FLEXIBILITY” it states: Exemptions and Concessions
    • This activity has the potential to have a commercial impact. This could extend to garden centres as well as gardening and landscape firms. Suggested exemptions/concessions include;
    • The watering of newly laid turf for a specified period (recommended 28 days)

    The notes from UKWIR water body - recommending new lawns are exempt from any hosepipe ban:

    1. Various water companies are allowing hose pipe use if connected to a metered water supply.
    2. Frail, disabled or blue badge holders are generally able to use a hose pipe.
    3. Irrigation systems are allowed including soaker hoses to water new lawns.
    4. There is still an exception for watering a new lawn with a few water companies if turf laid in April 2012.
    5. A hose can be used for cleaning purposes at domestic premises.
    6. All new lawns, especially smaller ones can be watered using a watering can which can give more accurate water distribution

    The water companies tend to be sympathetic to the need to water larger newly turfed areas with a hose pipe and would generally turn a blind eye. In fact over the last 4 periods of hose pipe restrictions there has only been one incident of someone being given the threat of prosecution and that was because he was abusive to the authorities..

  • Spring Lawn Care - Part 2

    Spring is a very important time for looking after your lawn. After the rigours of winter it needs careful attention as soon as the days start to lengthen and the grass starts to grow. Giving your lawn the care it needs now will ensure the best possible results throughout the year, as a well maintained lawn will be more wear and drought tolerant.

    Mowing

    Spring Lawn CareMowing is the most important operation for maintaining a beautiful lawn; without it you would not have a lawn. During early spring it is very important that you set the mowing height quite high, taking no more that one third of the length of the plant off at a time, otherwise the lawn will become stressed. The frequency of mowing should be judged by rates of growth. The faster it is growing, the more frequently it will need mowing.

    If your lawn becomes too long you must gradually bring it back down to the correct height. Mowing a lawn from 75mm (3") down to 25mm (1") in one cut will lead to a weak, sparse, pale lawn. For more information on mowing get in touch with us here and for more information on Lawnmower care and maintenance click here.

    Feeding

    It is essential that you feed your lawn during spring. The grass plants are growing rapidly at this time and require the correct nutrients in the correct quantities in order to grow strong and healthy, resulting in a thicker, denser, greener sward. Ideally a lawn feed should be applied when the soil is moist and the grass leaves are dry, a few days before rain is forecast.

    Rolawn Groright Lawn Fertiliser, Weed & Moss Killer can be applied in late spring, when the grass is actively growing and will also help to control weeds and moss.

    Overseeding

    Overseeding will improve the lawn’s colour, help fill in damaged or worn areas and reduce possible weed and moss invasion. We recommend a mix of Medallion Lawn Seed with Lawn Topdressing brushed into the surface of the lawn. The seed will germinate and fill in any sparse or thinner areas. Using Rolawn Lawn Seed will add the highest rated cultivars to any lawn giving a thicker, denser sward. For more information on how to overseed your lawn, get in touch with us today.

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