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August Gardening Essentials - Lawn

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

The Lawn

Mow the lawn as necessary keeping the cut quite high if the weather is dry.

Keep relatively new lawns watered during dry weather.

Lawn Care Calendar

By admin On July 25, 2008 No Comments

January and February - Sweep off fallen leaves. Keep off the grass when it is frosty. Send the mower for servicing.

March - The lawn starts to grow in most years. Give it a light trim with the mower set high. Water on a moss killer if moss is a problem but remember that moss will return if the lawn is badly drained, shaded or poorly fed.

April - Mow more frequently. Rake out dead moss killed earlier. Trim lawn edges and re-cut those that are broken.

May - Apply a combined weedkiller and fertiliser dressing with a wheeled distributor to make sure the application is even. Sow new lawns from seed.

June, July and August - Have the sprinkler handy in dry spells and leave it running for at least an hour in any one spot. (you will need a sprinkler licence from your local water company). Mow the lawn twice a week. Spot weedkiller can be used on stubborn weeds.

September - Start raising the cut of the mower. Apply an autumn lawn dressing. Later in the month, rake the grass with a wire tooth springbok rake. Spike the lawn with a fork and brush sharp sand into the holes. Sow lawns from seed or lay turf.

October, November and December - Mowing frequency can be reduced and the height of cut raised. Lay turf in mild weather. Sweep off leaves and keep off the grass when it is frosted.

Lawn Care & Mowing

By admin On May 7, 2008 No Comments

Grass needs cutting regularly all the time it is growing, even in winter if the weather is mild. Rather than mowing once a week regardless, cut the grass when it actually needs it. Mow hard wearing lawns when the grass reaches 5-6cm and fine lawns when the grass is 2.5/3cm high.

In late spring when growing conditions are good this may mean cutting twice a week. In late autumn, once every three to four weeks may be enough.

Hard wearing lawns should not be cut too closely, leave the grass at least2.5cm high. Fine lawns can be mown more closely but not shorter than 1.25cm.

Leave grass slightly longer in spring and autumn and whenever growing conditions are poor (during summer drought for instance) to avoid over stressing it. Set the mower blades 6-13mm higher. Longer grass can look greener during a drought.

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