Ensure your lawn looks perfect all year around by checking out our top tips using our Lawncare Calendar, whether for a professional or homeowner setting. Month by month steps to achieving a luscious lawn!
Ensure your lawn looks perfect all year around by checking out our top tips using our Lawncare Calendar, whether for a professional or homeowner setting. Month by month steps to achieving a luscious lawn with your reel mower.
• I hope you all have had a very merry Christmas and happy new year. After a very mild and wet run up to Christmas, the frosty mornings are now back. Whilst it’s a pain scraping it off the car, the benefits mean that it will check any grass growth and also help control any soil based grubs or bugs.
• Those with fine lawns should wait until the frost has lifted before going on, as you can bruise the grass, leaving unsightly black footprints which can turn brown as the grass leaf dies.
• Leaf and debris collection should continue when conditions allow. If leaf litter is left, it will stop the light from getting to the grass underneath and, as the nights have drawn in, the grass will need all the light it can get.
• Please don’t forget about arranging to have your mower serviced. At the very least, wash it down and grease or oil the working parts; if it’s a petrol mower, please remove any remaining petrol, as this can go stale and won’t allow the mower to start later in the year when you come to use it. Organising the machine to be serviced by a reputable mechanic is far preferable.
• Now that those hot spells of weather seems to have passed, and we now have a small period of wet weather, these are the ideal conditions for any lawns that were suffering to bounce back.
• The present wetter weather can be used to ‘wash in’ any outstanding fertiliser applications, minimising any chance of scorch.
• Continue to trim lawn edges and mow as and when required; different grass varieties will recover at different times, giving the lawn an uneven look.
• Continue to pull up isolated weeds or carry out spot treatment of weeds with a proprietary lawn weed killer Note: Please wait until the grass has recovered fully. If you spray a lawn that is already drought /heat stressed, you could kill it.
• Check the mower blades are still sharp and that all moving parts are lubricated as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
• Mowing height should be between 15-20mm, any lower and you run the risk of scalping the lawn.
• Red thread is also prevalent at the moment (fungal disease that turns the grass a reddy/pink colour). This can be fed out using fertilisers or by using a chemical control.
· The winter is now with us and we all seem to be waking up to a sharp frost. Though very pretty, it can bring its own problems.
· Those with fine lawns should wait until the frost has lifted before going on, as you can bruise the grass leaving unsightly black footprints in the lawn which can turn brown as the grass leaf dies.
· To improve the amount of light getting to the grass plant, please ensure that you rake up all the leaves off the lawn, otherwise they will block out the light, leading to bare patches on the lawn that are an invitation to either weeds or moss.
· Also, the leaf litter will encourage worms to the surface to feed on the dead leaves; whilst this can aid the biological health of the lawn, it will lead to large amounts of worm casts on the surface which not only are unsightly but can provide nice little seed beds for weeds in the spring.
· If you haven’t fed your lawn with an Autumn/Winter fertiliser, I would do so soon. These fertilisers are usually low in Nitrogen but have a higher amount of Phosphate and Potash than summer feeds. These two last nutrients help with root development and strengthen the plants cell walls, therefore allowing the turf to go into winter with stronger and healthier plants. N.B a slow release fertiliser would be better, as this will trickle nutrients into the ground over the 3 months or so of its life rather than a sudden flush of nutrients and growth could encourage lawn diseases such as Fusarium.
· Fertilisers with high iron content can also be used to harden the grass and help prevent moss. N.B Please ensure when using these types of fertilisers that any granules that are left on the stone or light paving should be brushed off as soon as possible as the iron can stain, leaving it covered with pink/orange dots.
· Also, finish pruning back any herbaceous plants that are overhanging the lawn, or may do so once the growing season starts again in the New Year. These obscure the light to the lawn, creating unsightly bald patches and can encourage moss or weeds.
· At this time of year, the mower has usually been put back in the shed and forgotten about – please don’t. At the very least, wash it down and grease or oil the working parts; if it’s a petrol mower, please remove any remaining petrol as this can go stale and will prevent the mower from starting in the New Year. Though organising the machine to be serviced by a reputable mechanic is far preferable.
· Finally, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year from everyone at Pitchcare.