We are experiencing a very hot and dry spell, this has started to take its toll on many lawns especially those with fine grasses or direct sunlight. Like ours, I am sure your lawn would welcome some heavy rain for a natural drink.
Our feed application during this dry period will be safe and beneficial for the lawn, ensuring that the grass plant has the vigour to recover once adequate rainfall returns.
Our summer feed, will quickly break down and gently release its nutrient over the coming weeks, whilst it doesn’t require watering in, if you keep your lawn cut short this will reduce the amount of morning dew and can cause temporary discolouring. If you do cut your lawn short we recommend raising the cut height.
Summer Lawn Care, the weather, always a challenge…..
Mowing Tips during dry weather
We promote regular mowing all year, the golden rule as always is “little and often”, but if conditions go dry you can help your lawn by raising the cutting height.
• Ideal cutting heights for the majority of lawns is 30/50mm, if you have a fine lawn then 25/35mm.
• Keep the mower blades sharp for a great cut.
• Don’t forget to keep the edges trim for that great finish.
If you have started ....
How much Water?
It is better to apply two good waterings per week to the lawn rather than frequent light watering. Your lawn will require moistening to a depth of 6" weekly, for a loam or clay soil this will be achieved by approximately by 1-1½" of water. A sandy soil will be moistened to a depth of approximately 6" by ½ -¼" of water, so what does that mean? approx 20-30 minutes. For those on a meter the cost of watering a small to medium size lawn is probably less than you think. With 1000 litres of mains water costing approximately 90p - for a few pounds you can even give a large lawn (500m2) a good watering.
When should I Water?
It is more efficient to water your lawn at the first sign of drought, rather than wait until the lawn has become stressed or dormant. Initial signs of a water deficit in the soil is wilting of the turf, at this stage footprints in the grass do not spring back. An additional sign of drought is a colour change from its normal green to a green/blue.
If you have not started ...
Don't water, let the lawn go into natural dormancy.
Hope this helps
Look forward to seeing you then.
The effect is revealed in NASA satellite images, which show a green scene in the left image in May this year to a scorched yellow-brown colour by mid-July on the right:
images taken from the BBC weather site. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-44885493