Weather in March seems like it’s going to be a mixed bag! Today alone, sunny and then snowing, it can’t make its mind up so don’t be rushing in to any heavy renovations just yet.
You may have a lawn that’s looking a little bare or sad after the winter we’ve had and it will probably require repairing and renovations. For more information on scarification, aeration, top dressing, over seeding and how these will help your lawn, click here .
Here are your TO DO’s for March:
Cooler, unpreditable weather:
- Trim the lawn – keep the cut high while the weather stays like this.
- Manually remove weeds from your borders and lawn if there’s not a massive amount of them. If there is, apply a weed killer (our seasonal treatment includes one) in milder weather.
- Hold off on any renovations such as scarification, hollow tine aeration and over seeding.
- You can spike your lawn (solid tine aeration.)
- No watering needed.
- Avoid rolling.
- Turfing – PERFECT TIME!
- Lower the cut of your mower if the weather starts to improve.
- We’ll be applying our seasonal treatment (weed, feed and more) on dry milder days.
- Keep weeding.
- Edge the lawn to give it a neater look.
- Kill and then scarify the moss and thatch from your lawn. We recommend, for moss ridden lawns, applying top dressing and over seeding after scarification to help speed up the recover process.
- Hollow tine aeration is recommended if your lawn is holding water on the surface and/or had a lot of moss/thatch.
- No watering needed.
- If you feel your needs to be rolled, then do so after frost, when temps are milder.
- Turfing – PERFECT TIME!
Pesky diseases and pests can affect your lawn your lawn all year round, if you suspect you have something lurking in your lawn; see our common problems page which will help you to identify and rectify the problem.
We hope you enjoy following our tips this March and if you have any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for reading, comments welcome!
The image above makes me laugh so much! It’s exactly how I feel and probably most of you out there too.
So… it is October which means it’s coming to the end of the main lawn care season BOOOOO!
In the last month of regular maintenance and care you should make sure you’re doing the following things to keep your lawn’s health at a high and looking great at the same time.
1. Autumn Feed
2. Last minute renovations especially aeration!
3. Clearing leaves
1. AUTUMN FEED
Our autumn feed consists of of a fertiliser with a high potassium and phosphorous content like the summer treatment but is combined with a dose of moss control too alongside a splash of iron and the usual essential nutrients. We always recommend the professional weed and feed lawn care service not only because we offer this service but because there’s a lot of not so good DIY products out there. if you’re going to DIY we recommend Lawnsmith Products – you can find these online.
As I mentioned in the September blog, renovations in the autumn are perfect for giving your lawn a total health overhaul. The conditions allow for a high rate of recovery but don’t leave it too late because it’ll be too cold for those seeds/grass to grow back and you’ll be left with bald patches (which isn’t a problem, it’s an easy fix but they just don’t look very attractive.) We highly recommend having aeration, this will improve the soil flow throughout the really wet and soggy months which will really help the lawn cope throughout winter and leave it looking fresher in Spring 2016.
3. CLEARING LEAVES
We ask our customers every year to please remove the fallen leaves from their lawns because the damage they can cause is so serious! I guarantee if leaves are left on your lawn for a long period of time then your lawn will require either re-turfing or a full renovation programme and take weeks to fully recover. For the sake of your lawns – remove those pesky leaves!
As the conditions become damper and colder throughout this month and next – mow every 2 -3 weeks dependent upon how quickly your lawn grows, set the mower on to a higher cut setting and if moss becomes a problem, make sure you’re cutting the grass to above the height of the moss.
I know this is a little late in being posted but we’re super busy with renovations and enquiries in the office! If you have any questions about the above advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment! Let us know what you think of these posts – we’d like to know what you’d like to see.
Thank you for reading! Have a fab October and remember to clear those leaves.
So… the sun really didn’t fancy coming out this summer and unless we have a late and very unexpected summer in September I think it’s safe to say that the autumn is now on its way. Boo for us!
However for your lawn it’s not actually too bad, your lawn can be totally renovated in September and this can seriously increase its health.
For September your main jobs are:
- Weed control
- Top dressing
- Over seeding
Fertilising and weed control are self explanatory and whether its us who treats your lawn or you DIY, fertilising your lawn will increase its health which in turn will help to keep its strength up throughout the colder months.
Ok… The IMPORTANT bit… Renovations in September are a must if you’re looking to give your lawn a total health boost.
Scarifying and aerating (preferably hollow tine) will increase the surface drainage and absorption of moisture and nutrients to the roots of the grass. Adding top dressing and over -seeding will improve soil surface once again and increase the rate of recovery.
Turfing can be carried out at just about any time so long as the weather conditions aren’t too extreme. September is great for turf to establish itself through the increased amount of moisture while moderate soil temperatures will increase the root development. We can remove and lay a whole new lawn or extend/patch up sections or create you a new lawn area – whatever your turfing needs are, I’m sure we can provide you with your wish!
If temperatures are still mild and moisture levels are decent then continue to mow every 7-10 days at around 1.5 inches. If temperatures lower and moisture levels increase you should mow at a higher height and less frequently.
The mix of conditions in august will have left your lawn maybe a little patchy and there might be a pest/disease making itself at home. If you spot any discolouration, patches or any other changes then please give us a call – we can visit FREE of charge, diagnose you problem and recommend an effective treatment.
We hope you have a great September! Watch out for our Autumn Newsletter – publishing soon.
Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment to ask questions – we’re happy to help!
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!
Hey everyone! First of all… HAPPY FRIDAY!
Secondly, as it’s the holiday season soon don’t worry if you think your summer treatment might be due and you’ll miss us. We’ll apply your treatment for you (if there’s access) and post your invoice through a letter box. We understand a late payment might occur due to holidays but there’s nothing to worry about.
I’ll be away from the 2nd til the 14th and return to the office on Wednesday the 15th of July. Please feel free to email or call and leave me a message while I’m away, I’ll deal with your enquiry as soon as I return. Alternatively if you need attention ASAP, give Richard a call on 07432 114147. He’ll also probably check the office messages too so you might get an early response.
Thank you for your patience and if you’re going on holiday – I hope you have a fabulous time!