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Generally a lawn can be made on any well drained site. The choice of whether to use turf or seed is entirely down to individual choice. Turf is easier to lay and faster to become established. Seed is easier to handle and there are different types of seeds ideal for specific situations and needs. The best time of year for either of these methods is autumn or spring. We have a wide range of products and tools to help you. These can help to create a lush green lawn, as well as eradicate moss and weeds. Our helpful and knowledgeable team are always available to help you with any problems you may have or advice you may need.
Spring Lawn Care
Now is the perfect time to plan your lawn maintenance programme for spring. Your lawn may not be looking it’s best just now, which is to be expected at this time of year, but as temperatures rise and with some TLC it will start to recover as the grass begins to grow. Don’t forget to service your mower if you have not already done so, ready for the growing season – a well maintained mower with sharp blades is essential for maintaining a beautiful lawn. If you feel it’s time to upgrade we have a great selection of Cobra lawnmowers currently in stock.
Mow your lawn if necessary and conditions allow, but do try to stay off if there is a heavy frost or the ground is very wet. Over winter your lawn will have been bombarded by falling leaves, twigs and other debris. If need be, start off by giving your lawn a good rake over a day or two before it’s cut. Despite there being little growth in winter it is advisable to raise the cutting blade height on your mower for the first few cuts. This prevents overstressing the lawn before strong spring growth occurs. The height can be brought down gradually as we move into spring. Pruning back foliage around the lawn will let more light and improve airflow over the lawn. Air movement helps reduce moisture levels, reducing the potential for fungal diseases and aiding recovery. Aerate consolidated areas of the lawn with a fork or spiking machine, providing the ground is not too wet. This will relieve compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into the root system. Moss in your lawn is usually caused by poor drainage, a new product that is proving very popular is MossOff, it is non-biocide that is completely safe to use near people, animals, plants and ponds.
Summer Lawn Care
Mow frequently (once or twice a week) when the grass is growing vigorously. In dry weather mow less often (ie.every 1-2 weeks) and raise the height of cut to avoid placing the grass under stress.
If you have time it is also beneficial to lightly prick over the lawn surface with a garden fork beforehand to create channels for the water to go down. If the lawn needs a quick boost, then a top up feed may be applied. Soluble lawn feeds are likely to be the best at this time of year, unless there is plenty of moisture in the soil.
It is better for the grass if you mow at right angles to the previous cut. If the grass starts to look a little dull and lifeless, this is a sign that it is under stress through lack of water. Although the grass will recover from this, it does make it more prone to moss and weed infestation, so it is helpful to apply water in drier spells. Applying water thoroughly once or twice in dry spells is better than applying small amounts of water more frequently. Keep the sprinkler on for about an hour and water in the evening to minimise evaporation.