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Moss

 

Moss is a common factor in most English lawns as our weather provides a perfect environment for moss to thrive.

Too much moss creates a blanket which can smother and kill your lawn.

Even the best lawns usually need some form of moss control particularly in the shaded parts of the garden.

Moss cannot be definitively killed because it has a rhizoid root system which can quickly re-establish when conditions are suitable. The prime time for moss to appear in our lawns is from October through to March when conditions are damp. Therefore, the best time to deal with it is autumn and spring.


Leatherjackets

 

Most people are familiar with crane flies or “Daddy Long Legs” – an insect that flies around on warm Autumn nights. Not so many people are aware that the larva of the crane fly is a grey-brown cigar-shaped grub called a “leatherjacket”. These grubs develop under the grass from late August. They overwinter, emerging as the leggy adults we know in August.
 
Leatherjackets will eat the roots of your lawn, which (if present in sufficient numbers) will cause substantial damage. Lawn damage will be compounded by foxes, magpies, and other birds which rip up the turf looking for a tasty meal. 

To reduce the unnecessary use of pesticides we do not provide Leatherjacket treatments as part of our annual lawn care programme. However treatments are available on request.


Mowing Regime

 

Correct mowing is one of the most important factors when attempting to achieve the ‘perfect English lawn’. Your lawn should regularly be mown to an approximate height of 20 – 50mm (depending on the type of grass).

Do not forget the golden rule ‘mow off a little and often’ and always remove the clippings to help avoid thatch build up.

Never attempt to mow off more than 1/3rd of the total height of the grass in one mowing. It will cause the grass to turn yellow and invite a catalogue of problems such as disease.

During the spring and autumn, when the grass is growing very fast, mowing once a week will probably not be enough. During slower growth periods mowing every 10 days may be satisfactory.

A lawn that has been mowed too short will suffer from ‘scalping’. This will make the lawn brown and patchy, increasing the risk of fungus and disease. It also provides a breeding ground for unwanted weeds and grasses.

 


Watering

 

When and how much you need to water your lawn will depend on many things. For example, if you have very free draining soil you will need to water more frequently than if you have a clay type soil.

The unpredictable UK weather will dictate when you need to water, although the most likely time will be during the hot summer months.

When watering becomes necessary, it is best to water your lawn very heavily just once or twice per week. The early morning is the optimum time to carry out watering.

Frequent light watering is not the answer as this will create perfect conditions for lawn diseases to thrive and will encourage shallow root growth. On the other hand, saturation of the lawn once or twice a week will help the roots to hunt for the water and encouraging deep root growth.

It is fully understandable if you refrain from watering your lawn during dry periods. Your lawn will turn brown and go dormant until rain comes, but, in most cases, should recover without any problems. In some cases renovation might be necessary after a prolonged drought.


Your Lawn Mower

 

As a general rule there are two types of mower to choose from:

Cylinder mowers are best for fine lawns but require a lot of adjustment and care

Rotary mowers are best for general purpose use and can be suitable for fine lawns or rougher lawns.

The golden rule is that no matter what type of mower you use; make sure that the blade is sharp. A blunt blade will tear at the grass and cause bruising to the top of the leaf that will turn brown and stress the grass.

Lawnserve recommends that you have your rotary blades sharpened at least once per season and, in the case of cylinder mowers, ensure that the cylinder is adjusted correctly to the bottom blade before every cut. This process is easy once you know how, so ask your local garden machinery shop for adjustment advice.


Pets and Animals

 

We all love our pets but they can be the cause of some lawn problems.

Dogs urinating on the lawn will often scorch or kill the grass causing brown or bare patches. The best remedy for this is to wash off the affected area with water as soon as possible.

Pets using the lawn for exercise on a regular basis will cause stress and wear to the grass, especially during the winter months, when the soil is soft.

Squirrels, rabbits and other forms of wildlife will often dig holes in your lawn. Keeping the lawn strong and healthy helps prevent this.
Moles can also damage a lawn in a short period of time. The most effective remedy is to call in a registered mole control expert who will deal with the problem effectively.

Badgers can totally destroy a lawn in a very short period of time when digging for pests such as chafer grubs. Try to find out how they are getting in and fence it off.


Autumn & Winter Care

 

Remove fallen leaves from the lawn as soon as possible as they will block the light that your lawn needs.

If your lawn is starting to get a little long in the winter, mow on a high setting provided the weather is mild and not too wet.

Do not walk on your lawn when it is frosty as this will bruise the grass.

Regularly inspect your lawn for signs of stress caused by such problems as Leatherjacket infestation, moss progression and disease.

If you have any other problems that arise during the year or if you need further lawn advice do not hesitate to call us on

0118 961 2085




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