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!
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.
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This wet weather is annoying but your lawns will be loving the moisture. However, so will any lawn conditions, pests and diseases so please watch out for any changes in colour, bald patches and/or lawn sponginess (feels like you’re walking on sponges.)
Anyway… here are our Lawn Care tips for May. We hope you enjoy reading these and that they help you care for your lawn!
Mowing – keep on top of it when you can. Showers bring mowing to a halt so when its dry make sure you’re giving your lawn a cut! Keep the cut high in cold/hot/dry conditions and lower the cut when conditions are mild/wet.
Fertilising your lawn is very important in spring time and it’s not too late. Our seasonal treatment (ST1) is formulated to work with spring weather conditions to enhance the health and look of your lawn and is packed full of professional products, not available to the public. If you prefer to DIY – a spring feed with potassium will do the job fine.
Weeds will start to rear their ugly heads, if they haven’t already and you can treat these with either a weed killer which you spray on to the whole of your lawn or you can spot treat/remove them one by one.
We don’t recommend watering your lawn unless we go through a really dry patch. We’ll let you all know when watering is recommended – don’t worry.
Moss is a problem all year round in some cases but in spring it can really thrive on the soil conditions created by the weather. We recommend killing it and scarifying it out ASAP. This can be done anytime as long as the weather isn’t too hot or cold/dry or wet but we recommend carrying out the process in spring or autumn. A few light showers and a temp of 9-12 degrees will suit the recovery of your lawn well! If applying seeds, a soil temp of 9-12 degrees will be required for successful germination!
Aerating your lawn has so many benefits due to the increased amounts of oxygen, moisture and nutrients which will reach your grass roots once hollow tine or solid tine aeration has been carried out. Stronger roots = stronger and healthier looking lawn.
Thinking of a re-turf? As long as you’re around to water the new turf for the first couple of weeks, go for it! We’ve already laid new lawns this year.
Repairs and renovations are often carried out rather than having a re-turf to save on the cost. Spring and autumn are the best times for repairs and renovations so if you’re thinking of getting your lawn in to shape for summer then give us a call and we’ll be happy to conduct a FREE survey and give you a FREE no obligation quote on all recommended treatments/procedures.
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)