Lawn Care Tips

Dealing with Moss in  your lawn

So, how’s your lawn looking after the winter months? Is it covered with moss? If moss is a problem, you will need to rake or scarify it out. You should apply a moss killer product before scarifying, this will help to kill and remove more of the moss, but remember to allow time for the moss to turn brown before scarifying.

Scarifying is an excellent way to improve your lawn because as well as removing moss it also removes thatch found in your lawn. Both moss and thatch make the lawn feel spongy to walk on. Scarifying doesn’t leave the lawn looking its best straight away but it will quickly recover if done in the growing season.

Solving the reasons why moss develops in your lawn may help reduce the amount of moss that appears in subsequent years. Remember …

1/ Moss thrives in damp and shady areas, so can you improve the drainage or cut back trees or hedges?

2/ Moss will rapidly develop in lawns that have thatch – as already discussed scarifying removes thatch.

3/ Also avoid cutting your lawn too short during the summer months

Generally, a lawn that is well maintained, which includes being well fed, cut regularly, scarified and aerated is less likely to be affected by moss as moss can rarely compete with strong growing and healthy grass, it develops and takes hold when the grass growth is weak.

If you want help getting rid of moss in your lawn please contact us  at Tameside Lawn Care

 

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Caring for your lawn – during a long hot dry spell

During a long dry spell , as we experienced in the summer of 2014 (yes not so long ago!),  your  lawn may suffer from lack of water.

If your lawn has turned brown or even straw coloured, there’s no need to worry,  this is natural and an established, well-maintained lawn usually recover once the rain returns.

There are a few things you can do  to help your lawn resist and recover from periods of low rainfall.

When mowing your lawn, raise the cutting height of your mower by half to an inch .

Cutting the grass higher than normal should allow the roots of the grass to grow deeper and will also help trap any moisture by reducing evaporation .

It will also help your lawn keep a greener  appearance because you have left more of the green leaf visible

Continue to mow regularly.

Also check that your mower blades are sharp, as blunt blades will bruise the grass also giving it  a brown  appearance .

If  the grass stops growing and you cannot water your lawn then its okay to stop mowing .

It is recommended not to apply fertiliser or any other chemicals to lawns during “drought conditions” , at best they will not work and at worst they will scorch the grass.

Recently  laid turf should be kept well watered . but do not over water

A regularly and well maintained lawn will be able to withstand and recover from a dry spell.

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Mowing your Lawn

As your grass starts to grow you will need to start to mow your lawn.

It is very important early in spring that you set the mowing height on your mower quite high , just top the grass , taking no more than a quarter of the length of the plant off at a time. A “little and often” approach is better in spring.

As we move further into the spring months increase your mowing frequency and gradually lower the height of cut on your mower to give the desired finish.

Remember not to cut your lawn too short , one and a half to two inches is ideal . This will help keep a good colour in your lawn and will also prevent scorching in the event of a dry spell.

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Overseeding and Topdressing

Depending upon the wear and tear that the lawn has received over the winter months you may want to overseed your lawn in early spring. Apply a mix of lawn seed and lawn top dressing , brushed into the surface of the lawn. The seed will germinate and fill in any sparse and thin areas..

If your lawn has become uneven then topdressing will even out any low areas. It is a good idea to add lawn seed to the topdressing to help fill in any thin areas. It is always best to carry out topdressing when the lawn is dry.

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Aeration

Aerate compacted areas of the lawn , either with a garden fork or with a solid or hollow tine lawn aerator.

This will relieve compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into the root system leading to a healthier lawn.

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Scarification

 

Scarification reduces the build up of dead grass matter, roots and moss which can cause increased stress to the grass plants. Scarification can be done using a spring-tine rake by vigorously pulling the rake through the grass. ( Electric or petrol scarifiers make this job a lot easier and more effective ! )

As you can see in the photo below, scarifying usually leaves the lawn not looking its best but it will quickly recover and will certainly benefit from the removal of thatch and moss ( all the thatch and moss seen on the lawn in the picture is removed )

 

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Keith Winskill at Tameside Lawn Care will be pleased to help with any or all of the above maintenance on your lawn .

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