It’s May and your lawn grasses will have started growing, as the soil warms up, and your mowing needs to start in earnest. Regular mowing is a vital part of lawn care. A quick whiz with a sharp and well-adjusted mower will only take you a few minutes if you do the job every week. Mowing as often as you are able will encourage the fine grasses and allow the grass enough energy to thicken up to be an area to be proud of.

Lawn cutting can be simplified into the following rules:

  • Never more than 1/3rd off in any one cut
  • Mow frequently – weekly is best when the lawn is actively growing
  • Check your mower regularly for cutting height and blade sharpness

Regardless of your mowers cutting action being Cylinder, Rotary or Hover, the principles remain the same.

The 'One Third Rule’

Never remove more than one third of the grass blade on any one mowing. Therefore, if your lawn mower is set for a 3cm (1 ”) cut then you must mow at or before the grass gets to 4cm (1 ½”) whether that’s 4 days or 8 days between cuts.

Regardless of the mowing height, we recommend never leave your lawn more than 10 to 14 days between cuts.

The chances are in summer you won’t need to cut the grass much, if it is very dry, as there will be little growth. However, don’t go over two weeks between cuts, because some weed grasses will take advantage of the lack of lawn mowing and spread or seed profusely.

Why Mow Little and Often?

For many of us little and often means once a week. This will produce a much denser and more aspirational turf, than if your grass cutting is every two weeks.

A dense turf is the best looking and a great form of natural weed control as it prevents weed seeds from contact with the soil. If the seed doesn't contact the soil then there is a very good chance that no weed grows; perfect!

If I don’t follow these rules, what happens?

Thin patchy lawns are often the result of infrequent mowing or removing too much of the grass when you cut. Mow infrequently AND mow short and before long you won't have a lot of lawn left to mow!

Greener Gardens are able to help with all your seasonal lawncare needs including weed and pest control. Contact us on 0115 837 8439 or visit us www.greenergardens.co.uk

 

Without doubt, November and December 2015 have broken most of the weather records we probably didn’t want breaking for our lawns and gardens, warmest, wettest, windiest, least sun, most consecutive days of rainfall, the list is endless. But even more widespread is the waterlogging that has affected gardens – particularly those on heavy, clay soils – and any garden with naturally wet soil.

The short-term effects of flooding and waterlogging may subside. But for plants and gardens, it is the severe longer-term problems that waterlogging can cause that gardeners need to be aware of. The longer the soil is saturated, the more severe the problems become.

Few garden plants, apart from willows and those such as bog plants that naturally grow in water, can survive prolonged periods of waterlogging. The water replaces the air in the soil and as roots need air to breath, they literally drown, start to rot and die. Above ground, the leaves of affected plants show the first signs of the problem, turning yellow, wilting and dropping prematurely. Such symptoms are similar to those of drought, because the dead roots are unable to take up water.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Shoots may start to die back and the plant may start to wilt – a sign that it is short of water, since the damaged or dead roots can’t absorb any from the soil.
  • Bark may start to peel off stems.
  • Herbaceous plants may fail to come into growth in spring, or their leaves may open initially but then wilt and die.
  • Bulbs start to rot and die.
  • Plants may look stunted with poor, thin growth and, in the worst circumstances, completely die.


The good news is there are several things you can do to help rescue your plants and gardens - both in the short term and more permanently. Once the water has dissipated, plants will hopefully start to revive. Helping to build up the strength of your plants once the water goes down is the best way of rescuing them from these serious problems.

How you can help?

  • Avoid walking on waterlogged soil - especially heavy clay soils
  • As plants start to come into growth, apply a foliar feed, this will help encourage new root growth to replace those killed by the wet conditions.
  • Feed flowering plants with a season long plant food.
  • You may need to prune out badly damaged or dead shoots, but wait until May or June at the earliest, as it can take plants this long to show signs of recovery.
  • Spike the lawn using either a garden fork or, better still, a hollow-tine aerator.
  • Feed the lawn in both spring and summer to replace lost nutrients.
  • Where areas of grass have died out, reseed them. We recommend Green Velvet Grass Seed.
  • This may sound bizarre, but you may have to water plants thoroughly during dry spells following waterlogging, as they will be more susceptible to drought stress due to their reduced and damaged root system.


In the worst circumstances, it’s possible that some established plants will be killed by long-term waterlogging.

November and December 2015 have broken most of the weather records we probably didn’t want breaking for our lawns and gardens, warmest, wettest, windiest, least sun, most consecutive days of rainfall, the list is endless. But even more widespread is the water logging that has affected lawns – particularly those on heavy, clay soils – and naturally wet soil.

Due to the mild weather grass is still growing which means it may need cutting. It's difficult to mow wet grass at the best of times but if you leave it until spring it'll be even longer and therefore harder.  Make life easier for yourself this Spring

  • Put the mower on the highest setting
    • This will help especially on clay soils
    • Longer grass will grow more slowly
    • The grass will use more energy growing for roots
    • The extra leaf will aid in photosynthesis improving health and disease resistance
  • When you mow you'll mow higher up the leaf where it is drier
  • Leave the cylinder mower in the shed, use a rotary

The mower will ride on a cushion of grass with fewer muddy tracks


Mowing wet grass – top tips

  • Dry off the lawn first: use a length of hose and drag or drag a brush this will disperse any water down into the soil

  • Mow in the afternoon or evening: choose a dry day which gives the grass leaves a chance to dry

  • Choose a windy day: it will assist in drying the lawn

  • Clean the mower: grass left from a previous cuts attracts wet grass like a magnet

  • A sharp mower is even better

  • A rotary mower will be better than a cylinder mower


If your lawn is thinning?


Some lawns, particularly those with clay soil, poor drainage and/or shady are beginning to thin quite alarmingly. Basically the roots are so saturated the grass is drowning.

What do you do?

Don't panic and don’t start digging it up or installing drainage. Just leave it alone until spring when the weather starts to warm.

As conditions improve, consider over seeding with new grass seed. This will help rejuvenate your lawn.  We recommend Green Velvet Grass Seed.

Autumn is a great time to be preparing your lawn ready for next year.

Did you know that up to 25% of your lawn grasses die each year. If left, it may result in the stronger more undesirable grasses taking over from the consistent green texture you desire.

If you’re looking for a green and healthy lawn, the answer includes over seeding — a natural way to thicken your lawn and crowd out undesirable weeds.

Sowing new seed into an existing lawn, a technique used by professionals is known as “over seeding”. It’s used to restore worn areas and is a natural way to thicken your lawn and crowd out undesirable weeds.
We have some tips to help you achieve a healthy, lush lawn this autumn:

1.    OVERSEED AND REJUVENATE YOUR LAWN

THE BASICS -  It can be time-consuming if you have a large lawn, but the results are well worth the effort, dramatically improving the health and appearance of your lawn.

WHERE - If the lawn is looking in a poor condition, thinning/bare areas or you notice a lot of weeds in areas of the lawn.

WHEN – Spring and late August to October.

2. LAWN REPAIRS

THE BASICS  - Patches in lawns can appear for a number of reasons, and when they do, it is always advisable to repair your lawn. Although it may seem sensible to just turf the area, the problem may reoccur. So the best method is often to over seed, which is generally the best long-term solution and will help prevent weeds germinating in the patches.

WHERE - If your lawn is thin and patchy and has brown spots, perhaps from physical damage or wear and tear, should be repaired.

WHEN - Ideally in spring or autumn, when the weather is damp and cool, as the lawn is most likely to recover well in these conditions.

3.    KEY POINTS TO SUCCESS

  1. Good ground preparation is vital for a successful lawn and lawn seeding project.

  2. Mow the lawn to a short height and rake to remove debris and thatch. If needed, kill off any weeds or moss a week or so before scarifying, to prevent it from spreading to other areas.

  3. Sow the seed in accordance with the instructions on the packet.

  4. Lightly rake over.

  5. Roll lightly or walk over to press the seed into the soil.

  6. WATERING – This is key:
    1. Water in thoroughly, avoiding washing away any soil or seed.
    2. Keep well watered until the grass is established and growing strongly.

Once established, lightly trim the grass and then follow through with regular mowing every couple of weeks.

REMEMBER

  • Don’t panic if grass doesn’t appear in 2-3 days.
  • Autumn germination will typically take 2-3 weeks, depending on temperature and species of grass.
  • Keep the area well watered, every few days if the weather is dry until the grass is established and growing strongly.


4.    WHICH GRASS SEED?

Not all grass seed is the same, we recommend Green Velvet from Barenbrug available from our on line shop

All lawns appreciate that additional TLC to keep them in tip top condition.

We have attempted to simplify each process as

Scarification gives the grass plants the opportunity to grow and help the turf to withstand moss Invasion.

Aeration improves drainage and helps promote healthy grass by relieving compaction.

For more details and visuals download our FREE guide here: The Benefits of Cultural Lawn Care

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