For a lawn to be proud of

An Englishman’s home is his castle, so they say, and nothing says that more clearly than a perfet bowling green lawn. For most of us a quick run over with the lawn mower and trim around the edge is all we can manage, but with a little extra care a beautiful, outstanding lawn can enhance your enjoyment outdoors and become a real feature of your home.

For a lawn to be proud of
Here are a few pointers to help you with your lawn care programme, which you should begin sometime during March,depending on the weather.

Preparation

  • Ensure that your mower blades are sharp and fully serviced.
  • Give the lawn a general ‘tidy up’, for example raking leaves and removing debris from the surface.

Moss And Weed Control

  • Apply a moss control compound if necessary. After application clear the moss from the surface using a rake or a mechanical scarifyer and complete the task within a fortnight.
  • Keep a lookout for diseases. It is worth applying a ‘feed & weed’ towards the end of April depending on the growth of the grass and how many weeds are coming through. There are other compounds on the market such as lawn sands and turf tonic. These can be used all the year round but not when its frosty.
  • Use selective weed control for stubborn weeds that are spoiling the look of your lawn.

Mowing

  • When you first start mowing, set the blades at a height of 1.45, reducing down to 1 ̋ in the summer, depending on the lawn and weather conditions. Do not cut any lower than 3⁄4 ̋ unless your lawn is very even.
  • Mow at least once a week, twice if possible.
  • Keep mowing regularly throughout the summer to maintain a healthy sward.

Fertilizing

  • Every 2-3 years you should take a soil sample for analysis as soil conditions can change over time. This will give you an accurate reading of your lawn’s fertilizing requirements. A turf care consultant can provide this service and give advice and recommendations. You can also buy a soil testing kit and do this yourself.
  • Begin your fertilizer application in April/May. If your lawn is a bit off colour, use a nitrogen feed. You can use liquid or granular varieties but be prepared to irrigate afterwards if there is a dry spell.

By Martin Shepherd of Technical Turf Ltd

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