Grass Maintenance All Year Through

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Grass Maintenance of a New Lawn

Lawn grass seed takes one to three weeks to germinate, depending on humidity and soil temperature. During dry spells it is essential to water newly seeded lawns. Ideally, use a lawn sprinkler that can be adjusted to give a fine spray which will not dislodge the seeds or emerging young seedlings.

Watch for damping off, which will show as yellowing of the young seedlings. Act promptly, watering the affected area and surroundings with Cheshunt Compound. Remove any weeds that appear at this stage by hand, taking care not to disturb the delicate young seedlings. It is important not to use weedkillers on newly-sown lawns.

When the grass is about 4cm (1-1/2in) high sweep off worm casts, then roll it lightly — firming encourages better rooting and more vigorous growth.

A few days later, make the first cut. Again, sweep away worm casts and, with the blades set high, take off about 1.2cm (1/2in). In subsequent mowings the blades can be gradually lowered until they are set to about 1.2cm (1/2in). Avoid giving the new lawn hard wear for the first year.

All Year Grass Maintenance

A lawn needs regular care – especially mowing and feeding – if it is to become and remain first-class turf in both appearance and texture.

A lawn provides both a recreation area and a foil for the bright colours of flower borders and beds, and often forms the most prominent feature in the garden. The basis of a really good lawn is careful preparation of the site before sowing or turfing. Adequate drainage is essential, although the soil itself must be moisture-retentive and not shaded by a dense overhead tree canopy. By judicious feeding, elimination of weeds, and watering regularly in dry weather, the grass will soon become established. But even an established lawn can soon deteriorate if it does not receive careful and regular attention.

Grass maintenance for healthy growth, colour and texture — a lawn should be carefully mown and rolled, aerated regularly, brushed and raked, top-dressed, weeded, and kept free of fungi and pests.

Regular mowing is the most important requirement — an operation similar in effect to pruning. If it is carried out frequently in late spring, when growth is at its most vigorous, it will encourage a thick, firm but resilient turf to develop, which will be resistant to drought and invasion by weeds and moss.

If mown infrequently, the coarser grasses become dominant, and will sometimes smother the finer more desirable grasses completely. Feeding is another important spring activity, As the grass begins to grow again, its vigour must be maintained. A well-fed lawn will also recover quickly from any set-back such as drought or heavy use.

Nor should the lawn be forgotten in autumn. You must try to correct conditions which may have developed during the summer, such as compaction, wear, thin patches, fibre build-up in the turf or emerging fungal diseases.

31. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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