Lawns need a different care during each of the seasons, we follow a simple plan to make sure your lawn is in perfect condition. The steps to lawn care as simple, and if followed consistently will reward you with that perfect English backdrop to your garden.
Spring Lawn Care
Spring is the most important time of the year to get your lawn off to a flying start.The Lawn will need careful care to recover from the rigors of winter
During the spring mowing you should only remove a third of the height of the lawn, mowing frequently on dry days until the length is gradually reduced. Little and often is the plan here.
An early feed in April or Early May will kick start your lawn, ideally this should be combined with a moss and weed killer to remove any moss that may have established itself during the winter.
Spring Scarification, Aeration and Topdressing
Scarification removes the dead moss and weed from the lawn. It is best done 2-3 weeks after applying a moss and weed killer. Aeration is done by spiking the lawn and is necessary if the soil has become compacted or is not draining properly. Both normally combined with top dressing with a loam and sand mix to redevelop the soil structure, improve moisture retention and level out any minor imperfections.
If the lawn has been neglected for a few years then it may need over seeding with new seed. This is especially true if significant amounts of moss have been removed by scarifying. Within a few weeks the new seeds will have germinated and the lawn will have a new fresh look.
Summer Lawn Care
In the summer the lawn growth may actually slow down, care in the summer focuses on encouraging the development of the fine grasses that give the perfect look. Key activities are:
Again summer mowing should seek to maintain the desired length of the lawn. No one cut should reduce the length by more that one third. If it get very hot then it may be necessary to cut the grass less to avoid stressing the lawn.
The best cure for drought is an effective all year case regime, a well cared for lawn will recover quickly from drought conditions. Inevitably some watering may be required, especially in a newly planted or recovering lawn. Watering should always be done in the evening or night time to ensure that the grass has plenty of time to absorb the moisture.
Summer feeding will encourage continued growth, and inhibit weeds, but is only worthwhile if there is plenty of rain to keep the grass moist.
Autumn Lawn Care
As the autumn approaches the grass will grow less quickly and cutting length should be slowly increased, in mossy areas an autumn feed will strengthen the lawn for the winter and suppress the growth of weens and moss. Any dead leaves should be cleared to prevent the build out disease and areas of poor air circulation.
Winter Lawn Care
Lawns need minimal care, however in warmer winters the grass many continue to grow requiring the occasional cut with the mower set to the highest level.
Planning a New Lawn
A well kept lawn can form an essential part of a garden and provide a focal point around which you can plan the rest of the garden. It also creates a space that can be used by the whole family whether it is for entertaining in the summer, for sunbathing or for children to play. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your garden is helping the environment as grass produces oxygen and will absorb CO2.
You have a choice of two different ways to create your new lawn.
Creating a Lawn by Laying Turf
The option which will provide the quickest results is to choose to lay turf. The soil has to be prepared beforehand by removing any existing grass and weeds plus any loose stones. Once clear, the soil needs to be levelled. The turf comes in rolled pieces and is then simply unrolled and laid over the prepared soil. When the area has been fully covered, the edges are trimmed to give a neat finish. Newly laid turf will need to be watered on a regular basis so you may prefer to have it laid in the autumn when there is likely to be more rainfall.
Creating a Lawn using Grass Seed
The second option is to use grass seed. One advantage is that this will give you the option to choose seed that will suit your specific circumstances. This could be ornamental or if you require a type of grass which would be tough and hard wearing then a seed mixture containing rye grass would be the best choice. The preparation process before sowing the grass seed is the same as for laying turf. The soil must be cleared and levelled. Application of a good fertilizer is also advisable. Once the seed has been sown, it will need to be protected from birds by netting and the area should be weeded on a regular basis. The new grass should not be cut until it is at least 5cm high. Care should be taken not to cut the grass too low and an ideal height after cutting is 2.5cm. This should be repeated for the next four times that you cut your new grass.
Creating a Perfect Lawn
The first step is that we will visit your property to discuss your needs and to take measurements. Once you have decided on either turf or seed, we will take you through each stage of the installation process so that you know exactly what to expect and how long it will take. We will also provide you with a full financial quote for the whole process.We will prepare the area thoroughly before laying the turf or sowing the seed and will ensure that any weeds are completely removed from your garden. The steps we go through are
Step 1: Remove old lawn
Removing any old poor quality turf is the first step, if you only require a repair to a small area we can do this by hand, however if a large area is to be removed we may need to use a turf cutter.
Step 2: Dig over and Make sure the site is level
Now is the time to make sure the site is level. This is done by digging over the site by hand or using a rotavator. The level is checked using planks to make sure the ground has no hollows or humps. This is best done over a few days to allow the soil to settle
Step 3: Balance the soil
At this stage is is best to add any additional organic matter in the form of fertiliser, well rotted manure, lime or sulfur. The needs of your soil will be determined by a simple soil test.
Step 4: Smooth the soil by raking
Raking the ground until it is smooth and free from stones and any weed roots is a critical stage in preparing the ground for planning turf of seeds. Again the soil is best left to rest for a few days to settle before the final grade of the site is checked.
Step 5: Planning
Now it's time to plant your new lawn, using wither turf or seed, depending on your preference. Once the lawn has been planed it is important to water in well over the next few weeks until it is fully established.
Tetbury Garden Services Lawn Care
We can help you establish a new lawn, renovate a tired lawn or maintain your existing lawn. We will agree an all year plan tailored to your budget and aspirations for your lawn. Please give us a call for a consultations.
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