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.
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.
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
Posted by Laura Varey in on May 18, 2016