I’m sorry to say it but… HOW HOT IS IT?! We’re not complaining but WOWZAAA! Summer is definitely here.
As it’s so hot we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to manage your lawn and garden in heat. I hope having a read and it helps to keep those lawns looking lush through July!
PESTS AND DISEASES:
There are plenty of pest and diseases to keep you on your toes in July depending on the long term weather and soil conditions in your area. Red thread is a common disease that pops up when there’s been a mixture of heat and moisture. If you spot red looking needles on your grass blades or any discolouring then you should give us a call – we can help rectify the problem and hopefully prevent further damage to your lawn.
Dry patch is also common in summer and this will present itself as patches of dying/dead grass blades. We can repair the lawn, no problem and advise you on how you could prevent it from occurring again.
Pests such as ants etc are not terrible for your lawn but damage can occur with a large infestation keep an eye on your lawn at all times and if there seems to be any sort of damage you should always seek the help and/or advice from a professional lawn care provider like ourselves.
As I always say, good mowing practices create great lawns! Keep the height of your mow high if particularly dry but if you’re getting some moisture then lower the height. You should always mow in alternate directions, once a week (if its not too dry) or every 10 days and keep the grass height at a minimum of 1.5 inches.
WEED AND FEED
We obviously recommend our own weed and feed (ST2 – summer treatment.) This includes liquid herbicide and fertiliser containing various nutrients including phosphorous and potassium to feed the grass and encourage vitally important root development for optimum growth. If you’re going DIY we recommend Lawnsmith’s Spring and Summer Fertiliser.
Weeds are a nuisance and unless you’re meticulously checking and digging weeds out then there’s always the chance one will pop up. Our summer treatment includes weed killer and will take care of those for you but if you’re going DIY then we recommend to spot treat (it reduces the risk of scorching) unless your lawn is covered in them, in that case an all over weed killer will do the trick but avoid applying it when the lawn is dry.
Watering your lawn in July is essential if dry. Water for about an hour every morning or evening to keep your lawn healthy but do not over water, it can do just as much bad as good. We recommend using a sprinkler and placing a container on the lawn; an inch of water is sufficient.
If your lawn is feeling a little hard then you should give it a quick spike, we can do this for you, its an efficient and effective way of reducing compaction and increasing moisture and oxygen flow through to the grass plants, this will increase the health of your lawn over time but you will see a difference!
Avoid all renovation/scarification/turfing jobs until there’s less heat and more moisture (maybe from september onwards.)
As always our lawn care surveys are FREE of charge and we provide you with on the spot prices. To book give us a call on 07432 114147
Thank you for reading and have a great July!
Here are a few tips to keep on top of your lawn this month:
The most important job is moss control – you need to kill and scarify it out before it starts running riot. Scarifying could leave your lawn a little bare depending on the severity of the moss removal; therefore we recommend top dressing and re-seeding the patches. With the right conditions, your lawn should have fully recovered in 6-8 weeks (just in time for summer.)
Aeration – we advise aerating your lawn at least once a year to help keep your soil surface free from disease and pests and to also allow the grass roots to absorb more moisture and nutrients which will in turn give you a healthier, greener looking lawn!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!(Richard and Terry scarifying and re-seeding a lawn)