Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • Topdressing Your Lawn

    Topdressing helps to even out minor undulations and bumps, break down thatch and improve drainage and resistance to wear and tear. Spring is an ideal time to top dress the lawn, although it can be done at any time when the grass is growing actively. The grass surface should be dry to avoid the topdressing sticking to the grass leaves.

    Before applying the topdressing, it is advisable to mow the lawn and carry out any other maintenance operations planned, such as spiking/hollow tining and scarification. You should not mow the grass immediately after applying topdressing. This will remove some of the material that you are trying to work into the surface and may cause unnecessary wear to your mower.

    Spread the topdressing as evenly as possible and work into the surface with the back of a rake or a stiff brush. Rates of application will vary for different situations, but in spring up to 3 litres (4kg) per square metre is sufficient and in summer up to 1.5 litres (2kg)/m2 is recommended. Whatever amount you apply, it needs to be worked into the grass surface and should never be so much that it smothers the grass. Once the operation has been completed, there should be no obvious clumps of topdressing on the surface and the grass should be clearly visible. A good shower of rain or watering the lawn (when you have finished) will put the finishing touches to the task.

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  • Hosepipe Ban Update

    Today, the BBC have released an article stating that Thames Water could lift the hosepipe ban early, and apparently Thames Water no longer expect to keep the ban through to the autumn. Initially it was feared it may even go in to the winter. Luckily for our gardens, the bans were followed by record rainfall across the UK in April and more in May.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18350192

    This is great news for anyone planning to get out in the garden over the summer and makes this an ideal time for anyone to turf their garden.

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    UPDATE - 13/06/12 - it looks as though the BBC report was correct, here is an article from ITV about Anglia Water lifting the Hosepipe ban:  http://www.itv.com/news/central/2012-06-13/some-hosepipe-bans-to-be-lifted/

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