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Lawncare Tips

Lawn Care Tips

With our many years of experience, we love sharing lawn care tips and advice. Here are our best ones for this time of the year.

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Lawncare Tips for Autumn

Autumn Feed

This feed is a very important part of any lawn care programme.  Feed with a fertiliser high in Phosphate and Potassium with additional Iron for that dark green look.

Aeration + Over Seeding To Improve Grass Quality

Soil compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration and moss invasion so we recommend aerating in Autumn/Winter; over sow with seed to help any bare areas re-establish before weeds and moss do!

Worm Casts

This month will probably see the appearance of worm casts (small mounds of earth brought to the surface by worms). Treatments can be applied to stop the casts occurring in the first place.

Patio/Drive/Gravel Weeds and Moss

Autumn rains have brought a flush of weeds.  Our industrial strength treatments can rid these areas of weed and moss

Actions required in Autumn

Autumn Feed/Moss Control Improves colour and controls moss
Aerate (Deep Spiking) of lawn Relieves compaction and prepares soil for sowing extra seed
Worm Casts Brush off when dry or treat with a pesticide
Weeds/moss on hard surfaces Spray with a total herbicide and a NEW moss treatment product

Some of the above tasks can be carried out by the lawn owner; other tasks may need some professional intervention.

For more information about ProLawnCare Ltd services on offer, call Deborah, Corrine, Julie or Simon on 01480 812393 or e-mail info@prolawncare.co.uk

Lawn Fact: “The root mass and microbes in turf grass acts as a filter to capture and break down many pollutants to help purify water as it enters the aquifers”.

Lawn Care tips for June

Seed Heads

 
As we approach the longest day, the grass in our lawns tries to produce seed heads, as it is trying to reproduce and set seed.  In our lawns we don’t want this so it’s really important to mow regularly in May/June.
If we don’t mow the seed heads off the energy in the grass is diverted to producing stems and seed heads rather than leaves, which will turn your lawn a patchwork of light green and straw coloured grass.
As we see so many lawns on  daily basis, two lawns that receive exactly the same lawn care programme can look like chalk and cheese.  The regularly mowed one looks like a Prize Winning Lawn v the lawn which isn’t mowed regularly looks pale and disappointing.

Blunt Blades

We are seeing a lot more examples of this too.  If the blades are tearing the grass, it leaves white whispy torn piece of grass which has the effect of making the entire lawn look white.  If cut again with a sharp blade your lawn will go green instantly.  Try it!  If you would like us to find someone in your are who can sharpen your blade please contact us.

Watering Facts & Advice

We’ve not had any prolonged hot dry weather yet, but gradually our soils are drying out and we are noticing lawns are in need of a drink.  If we don’t get any appreciable rain over the next week, and if it’s practical, please give the lawn a soaking at least once per week.

  • A lawn will evaporate approximately 3 mm of water per day which will need replacing
  • If ground is especially hard, it is worth aerating the lawn by spiking the lawn with a garden folk to allow the water to drain down in to the soil and roots.
  • Irrigate in the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Avoid watering on a daily basis as this develops shallow root growth.
  • Use a sprinkler to give your lawn a good soaking every 7 to 10 days for an hour or more will have a much better effect.
  • Apply a wetting agent which will help get water in to the soil where it can be used by the grass
May we stress again that if practical, watering your lawn is the lifeline it needs at the moment.
Wetting Agents

During very dry periods we advise applying a Wetting Agent. The wetting agent is applied as a liquid that is taken in through the soil. This in turn enables your lawn to absorb the optimum amount of water in the roots – giving your lawn strength to cope with the drought. We include this FREE in our “Late Spring Treatment” along with The Seaweed and Weed Control

Mowing - tips and advice

Lawn Mowing seems very straight forward, when the grass is long you cut it. However, there is more to take into account than just the length of the grass. For example; what time of year are you cutting the grass? Has the lawn been wet for a period of time, or conversely has it been dry and under stress, and even what type of grass do you have?

Here we have included a few helpful tips on how to successful mow your grass, to keep you lawn in prime condition.

Lawn Mowing

  • Raise height for the start of spring – e.g. 1½”
  • Lower the height as things warm in spring – e.g. ¾”
  • Raise again for summer if dry – e.g. 1½”
  • Lower again as growth picks up in early autumn – e.g. ¾”
  • Raise again for the last few cuts of the year – e.g. 1½”

Guideline mowing heights

  • Ornamental lawns with no rye grass – ⅜ to ¾ inch or 1 to 2 cm
  • Low use lawns with or without rye grass – ¾ to 1½ inches or 2 to 4 cm
  • Heavy use rye grass lawns – 1 to 2 inches or 2.5 to 5 cm
  • Shady areas add 50% to the lawn mowing height
  • Slopes dry faster so if possible add 50% to the height

If you have moss in your lawn mow at least ½” above moss height

In times of stress – extremely wet or very hot and/or dry then mow as high as possible.

If in doubt, mow high.

Gently does it

When making adjustments to the mowing height do so in stages, particularly when lowering the height. If two stops on your height setting are needed to go from summer height to early autumn height then mow one setting lower for two cuts then make the final lowering adjustment.

You should only lower the height if this will not stress the mower; therefore the grass should not be too long or wet. Sometimes, particularly if the lawn is dense, you may need to do a cut on your present setting followed by a cut at the lower height a day or two later; this is a sign of a healthy and well maintained lawn.

Lawn Care Tips for May

Organic Fertiliser for a Great Looking Lawn

This is the time to feed and weed (preferably in that order).

The fertiliser we use is organic which means we are feeding the soil to help it feed the lawn, and benefit the environment, and give you great looking lawn.

Weed Control

Once the weeds and grass are actively growing a selective herbicide to reduce broad leaved weeds such as dandelions, daisies and clover within the grass can be applied.

Patio/Driveway Weed Control- Ask about our Special Extra Strong Treatment

Weeds can look unsightly at this time of year in patios and driveways. We can spray a total weed killer to kill them and keep weed free for up to 6 months.

Irrigation

If hot and dry, water once per week and soak grass to prevent it turning brown.

Top Tip: Grass will try and produce a seed head at this time of year.  This will look like a pale, coarse stem creeping through the grass.  Rake these up prior to mowing so they are vertical and the mower will cut them off.  The grass will then green up again is it reverts back to growing green leaves not stems!!)

Actions required in May

  • Mow lawn at least once per week
  • Apply Spring Feed
  • Spray Weeds in lawn with Selective Herbicide
  • Spray drive/path/patios with total herbicide to keep Weed Free for Summer
  • Irrigate lawn in dry spells
  • Rake lawn to help cut off seed heads

Lawn Care Tips for April

April can be full of showers, so it’s important that you look after you lawn, once you have treated your lawn in March for Moss, it’s likely now that weeds will start appearing. Follow our useful lawn care tips for April to keep your lawn in full health.

Mowing

Mow at least once a week now. Make sure mower has been serviced and blade replaced or sharpened.

Fertiliser

The fertiliser we use is in an Organic Form, and includes Phosphate and Potassium as well as vital trace elements to promote a vibrant lawn. Our organic feeds lasts 3 months.

Weed Control

Once the weeds and grass are actively growing a selective herbicide to kill broad leaved weeds such as dandelions, daisies and clover within the grass can be applied.

Patio/Driveway Weed Control

Weeds can look unsightly at this time of year in patios and driveways. We can spray a total weed killer to kill them and keep weed free for up to 6 months.

Lawn Care tips for March

Moss

Moss poses a real threat to lawns this year, and may be affecting your lawn. ProLawnCare can spray their special Moss Control Treatment. Moss dies in front of your eyes, and it is best to do it now before the Spring starts, otherwise it will crowd out the grass and lead to a thin and sparse lawn.

Mowing

Mow at least once a week now; make sure mower has been serviced and blade replaced or sharpened.

Fertiliser – Organic

This is the time to feed the lawn after most nutrients will have been washed through during the wet winter months. The fertiliser we use is organic based, so we are feeding the soil to give you the best lawn possible.

Weed Control

Once the weeds and grass are actively growing a selective herbicide to kill broad leaved weeds such as dandelions, daisies and clover within the grass can be applied.

Patio/Drive Weed Treatment

We can spray our industrial strength weed killer which will kill weeds and keep them weed free for several months.

Lawn Care Tips for February

When February arrives we are all keen to get outside and tidy up the garden. Now is the best month to tinker in the shed or garage to make sure your mower is ready for the season ahead and survey the lawn to check for moss. We have included some helpful February lawn care tips below to get your gardening seasoning off to a great start.

Mowing

If conditions allow get out the mower and lightly cut the lawn; long grass harbours dampness which encourages disease. Check to see if your mower needs servicing.

Moss

Moss has been a real threat to lawns during the winter, and may be affecting your lawn. Apply a specific moss treatment during February, if you need any help, please give us a call to spray with our special industrial strength product.

Don’t Slip On Your Patio/Path (Moss/Algae)

Patios too, can be slippery during the damp winter days. We now have a new product to remove the slime and we will finish it off with a pressure wash if you wish.

Actions required for early spring

  • Mow lawn lightly when dry enough
  • Treat Moss
  • Service your mower
  • Treat slippery, slimy and dirty patios
  • Later in the month an early feed may be required as the soil temperature increases