How to Care For Your Lawn This Summer

Unpredictable Weather

The Great British weather can be pretty unpredictable, some areas of the country have basked in sunshine whilst others have been drenched with torrential rain! We’re feeling positive at Lawnkeeper about the rest of the summer, and are assuming that July and August will see glorious weeks of prolonged sunshine and warmth. We can but hope!

If our assumption is correct, what should you be doing with your lawn this summer?

Watering it

Like any plant, a lawn needs moisture. If you do have a prolonged dry period, it’s good to give your lawn a watering at least once a week. It’s better to do this in the evening, as more of the water will evaporate earlier in the day. If you’re using a sprinkler, one idea to help monitor the amount of water going on an area is to put a container under the sprinker and once it has filled to about 1″ deep then move to another area. You might also consider having a wetting agent applied, which helps to retain moisture in the soil – please contact us to find out more.

Cutting it

Many people are tempted to cut their lawn too short in the hope they don’t have to cut it so often. Try raising the blade height of your mower and allow the grass to grow a little longer – this will allow it to maintain moisture more easily, maintain coolness and will reduce the risk of ugly brown patches appearing.

Treatments

Our specialist fertilisers have been designed to deal with dry conditions. Our slow release fertiliser breaks down quickly to get into the soil. Our treatments throughout the year provide important nutrients for the health of the grass.

If unfortunately we have a drought this summer, like last summer, once we start to get rain lawns treated with our special fertiliser will recover more quickly than lawns that are not treated.

Wetting agents can help keep as much moisture in the roots as possible during droughts, therefore less damage occurs.

Loving it

Grass is very resilient, and can take a lot of sitting, playing and running about on! So after all that hard work, don’t forget to fall in love with your lawn!

 

 

By James & Lauren – Lawnkeeper (Airedale)

Posted by James Cubitt in Airedale News

June 2019 Newsletter

After a rather unsettled start to summer with weather warnings of heavy showers and thunderstorms, lawns have really benefited from some water following a dry May.

If you are in the Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Tring, Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead areas and would like a free lawn analysis and quotation for a Lawnkeeper lawn care programme, please give us a call on 01296 821861 / 07773 779235 or email: n.gamble@lawnkeeper.co.uk

Read our June 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Nigel Gamble in Aylesbury, Aylesbury News

Seeding and Germination

 

April has been a tough month for lawn care with low temperatures and next to no rain, though the long range forecast predicts a change in the weather ideal for gardening.

Soil temperature controls germination of seeds, uptake and response to fertiliser and therefore growth. Many of you will have done fewer cuts than normal in April which is typical of a slow cold start, but this also means the grass has less need for fertiliser therefore taking longer to green up and seed has poor germination rates.

Seeds are pretty resilient, so as the temperatures rise they will start germinating, though regular watering will be needed – you need to keep the seed damp until germinated. If it dries out within a few hours of watering you will stop the germination cycle so frequent light watering is essential.

Germination may take longer to get going when re-seeding areas where DIY Feed & Weeds/Moss Controls have been used and caused damage to the lawn, this will depend on which product has been used and the quantity put down. This information is always essential for lawn technicians to know before they carry out any treatments.

 

Kind Regards,

James & Lauren – Lawnkeeper (Airedale)

Posted by James Cubitt in Airedale News

May 2019 Newsletter

April has been a tough month for lawn care with low temperatues and next to no rain, though the long range forecast predicts more variable May weather ideal for gardening.

Soil temperature controls germination of seeds, uptake and response to fertiliser and therefore growth. Many of you will have done fewer cuts than normal in early April which is typical of a slow cold start, but this also means the grass has less need for fertiliser therefore taking longer to green up and seed has poor germination rates.

Seed is pretty resilient, so as temperatures rise it will get going though regular watering by hose will be needed – you need to keep the seed damp until germinated. If it dries out within a few hours of watering you will stop the germination cycle so frequent light watering is essential.

If you are in the Aylesbury, Tring, Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead areas and would like a free lawn analysis, please give us a call on 01296 821861 / 07773 779235 or email: n.gamble@lawnkeeper.co.uk

Read our May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Nigel Gamble in Aylesbury, Aylesbury News