Hints and Tips

Mowinglawn mowing

Mowing is not only carried out to keep your grass at a consistent length but also to help build up a vigorous, fine quality grass sward.  When mowing you need to keep the grass long enough to prevent the roots from being starved but short enough to be attractive.  The rule of thumb is to mow often, but not too closely.  If the grass is cut too short at irregular intervals it can thin the turf and lead to moss, pearlwort, annual meadow grass, daisies and yarrow.

Mowing begins in March and finishes in October and for best results cut once per week.

Wateringwatering

Grass cannot live without water.  In Britain the amount of rainfall is usually adequate to keep the roots supplied with water.  However, during extended dry spells there could be the need for additional water.  If this occurs the first signs on your lawn will be the change in colour to a straw like colour.  Along with providing extra moisture in times of dry weather you can also increase the resistance of your lawn by spiking the lawn in autumn, cut at the recommended length and leave slightly longer in dryer spells, leave the clippings on the lawn in dryer spells and remove the thatch in the autumn by scarification.

When you first decide to water your lawn it is advisable to prick the surface of the turf to aid the penetration of the water.  It is also best to water when the temperature is cooler i.e. early morning or evening, at a frequency of approximately once per week, soaking to a depth of at least 4 inches.

Avoiding the Weed Problemlawn weeds

Build up your lawns resistance to weeds by establishing a thick, healthy growth of grass.  For weeds to establish they need bare patches of ground.  The golden rules - mowing, watering, scarifying, feeding, worm control and disease control.