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!
June Lawn Care Tips:
Renovations this spring have been tough! The weather has made it extremely difficult for the lawn to recover fully. The cold weather has prevented seeds from germinating and left lawns looking a little bare in some areas. Don’t worry though, they will recover! We believe that because of this lengthy period of cold weather, that we’re in for a scorcher of a summer which means we need to get your lawns as drought tolerant as possible ASAP!
MOWING: As I’ve said before, mowing is one of the easiest ways to create a great looking lawn! If temperature climb and there’s still the odd shower then you should be mowing regularly (once a week.) If the weather stays dry then you should mow every fortnight. As always you should adjust the mowing height depending on the conditions. Keep it high in dry/hot conditions and lower in damp/hot conditions.
FERTILISING: You should have already applied your first feed of the year in March, April or May depending on how weather conditions are where you live.
We recommend applying a second feed in June if it’s been between 8-12 weeks since the last application. Our summer feed will be applied to clients’ lawns from this month and includes an application of liquid herbicide and fertiliser containing various nutrients including phosphorous and potassium to feed the grass and encourage vitally important root development for optimum growth.
WEEDS: Weeds will have well and truly settled in for the season by now and will be slowly taking over your lawn. We recommend applying a weed killer to the whole of your lawn for ease and effectiveness. Our summer treatment includes an application of herbicide to control any weeds that have developed over the spring time. If you only have a couple of weeds, spot treat them with weed killer or simply dig them out (make sure you get all of the roots though!)
RENOVATIONS/TURFING: Any moss control and scarification’s must now be put off while autumn as recovery in summer time isn’t an option due to such hot and dry weather. Re-turfing can be carried out but you must be able to water the lawn daily! It’s like having a new baby.
AERATION: A simple spiking (solid tine aeration) would be highly beneficial in the summer time due to the heavy use of lawns at this time. It’ll keep compaction at bay and maintain the grass’ health. DO NOT use hollow tine aeration! Apply seeds and fertiliser to worn areas of lawns and water thoroughly and regularly until germinated (try not to over water!)
WATERING: If conditions start to get a little dry then water early morning.
PESTS AND DISEASES: Pests and diseases love damp and warm weather and with summer round the corner you must keep a look out for the pesky diseases and pests which take advantage of the conditions in your lawn/soil. Watch out for any discolouring’s and patches!
As you all know, we can carry out any of the above recommendations (apart from watering.) If you’re a little intrigued in to how much we charge for any of the treatments then please get in touch – we’ll arrange a FREE survey for you and leave you with all the prices you’ll need.
Have a fabulous June!