Red Thread and Pink Patch.
Red Thread - Laetisaria Fuciformis
Pink Patch - Limonomyces Roseipellis
Suscepitlbe to all turf grasses, but more servere on fine Fescue and perennial Ryegrass. Commonly occurs in Autumn and Spring.
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.
images taken from the BBC weather site. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-44885493
I get asked this question a lot whilst treating lawns in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Cambridge. Mowing in the winter can be a tricky. looking out on the lawn on a drab day, your probably thinking that the lawn is to wet or the lawn is to long, or even its to cold. Hopefully these tips from our Friends at Etesia can help with your thoughts.
If you have pets you are likely to be familiar with the problem of pet urine causing scorch patches on lawns. Most associate the problem with dog urine only but cat urine can be just as bad. It’s generally worse with female dogs because of the way they squat as opposed to the “sprinkling” technique of males.
As you may know as much to my wife annoyance I use my lawn to experiment on! this time I thought I would show all my customers how important lawn cutting is.
As I have mentioned before the partnership between myself and you is the biggest part of Lawn Care. On your part, letting me know if you notice any thing abnormal happening to the lawn (thinning, browning, pests etc) as I only see the lawn around 5 times a year, the other 2 parts are watering and cutting. Mine is to make sure that treatments are done in the correct seasons and I follow the best practice. You might have been effected by the weather last Autumn/Winter I had to stop all scarification work as it was to wet and I picked it back up this spring.
April Showers they say! driest April in over 30 years. What should be a few months of strong growth, helping lawns recover form winter stresses, is turning out to be a few months where some lawns are entering 'Summer Dormancy'. They look very straw like, even dead in places. We can turn this round with the follow advice.
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Scarification is well under way in Hertfordshire. This process removes dead material (Thatch) from the base of the grass plant. Thatch is like a barrier suffocating the plant, this process allows oxygen, light, nutrients and water to the root zone.
Scarifying can be a harsh process and, initially, will make your lawn look worse but, ultimately, can make it much better. So, please have faith!
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