Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Summer Lawn Care

    London Summer OlympicsWith summer here at last, here are our tips on looking after your lawn over the next few months.

    Mowing

    The recent rainfall has provided favourable growing conditions and lawns will require more frequent mowing than usual for the time of year. If your lawn has become too long, gradually bring it down to the correct height, removing no more than a third of the grass length at any one time.

    As temperatures rise, grass growth will slow down and mowing frequency can be reduced. If you are going to be away, if possible, make arrangements for your lawn to be mown in your absence.

    During periods of low rainfall we recommend increasing the cutting height slightly. This will allow deeper roots to grow and help trap moisture by reducing evaporation from the surface.

    Feeding

    Whether you need to feed your lawn during summer will depend on the weather and growth patterns. After the recent heavy rainfall, an application of GroRight Lawn Fertiliser, Weed & Moss Killer may be required now to replace nutrients which have been taken up by the grass plants or leached away.

    If your lawn is less than six months old we recommend applying GroRight Lawn Establishment Fertiliser as a top feed.

    Do not apply fertiliser during periods of drought as this may scorch your lawn.

    Topdressing

    Topdressing is quite often carried out in spring or autumn, but if the wet weather prevented you from topdressing in spring, it's not too late to topdress now, whilst there is still some grass growth. It will help to even out minor undulations, improve drainage and breakdown thatch.

    After mowing and any other maintenance operations have been carried out, spread the topdressing as evenly as possible and work in to the surface with the back of a rake or a stiff brush. Rates of application will vary for different situations, but in summer up to 1.5 litres (2kg) per square metre is sufficient. It should never be so much that is smothers the grass and there should be no obvious clumps of topdressing on the surface once you've finished. Click here to read more about how to topdress your lawn.

    Broadleaf weeds

    Broadleaf weeds should be treated using a suitable selective herbicide or an all-in-one treatment. Alternatively weed them out by hand or using a knife / mechanical weeder, remembering to get the root of the weed out.

    We hope you enjoy your summer and feel free to contact us with any lawn care questions.

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