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Summer Lawn Care

Whilst we are all enjoying the long, hot, sunny days, this time of year is particularly harsh on your lawns. We all enjoy a Sunny afternoon snooze on the lawn or a picnic on a Saturday lunchtime with the kids, so what can you do to keep your lawn looking and feeling its best?

The most important thing we can do is give it a much-deserved drink. Water at times when the moisture is likely to soak in rather than evaporate, early morning or late evening is the best and water when the soil becomes dry, but before the grass turns yellow or brown. Try to avoid giving your lawn a light sprinkling every day, as this can cause the roots to grow shallow and be prone to drying out. When it’s dry, a good soaking once or twice a week is much more beneficial for your lawn.

Even if lawns turn brown and dry over summer, they usually recover well when rains return. Watering is usually not necessary over summer. It’s worth noting that a well fed and maintained lawn will have a stronger and deeper root system, enabling it to withstand and recover from long dry periods. Why not feed and water your lawn at the same time? Hose end feeders can help you apply a feed as you water, alternatively, soluble feeds can be applied via a watering can.

Try to mow your lawn at least once a week, keeping the height of the grass to about 1 inch. Mowing regularly keeps the lawn in good health and ensure all clippings are collected and composted, but avoid cutting too short as this will encourage weeds and moss to enter your lawn. In really hot, dry weather your lawn will become stressed and it is advisable to reduce the amount of mowing, and allow your grass to grow longer.

Allowing the grass to grow a little longer than normal will help reduce the stress on your lawn, just amend the mower blade setting a little higher to achieve this

Should weeds and moss be a problem for your lawn then a quick application of a suitable 4 in 1 lawn care product, will eradicate that problem. If weeds are the main problem for your lawn then apply a selective lawn weedkiller, specially formulated to target your lawn weeds without harming the grass.  We recommend the following products to help tackle lawn weeds:

  • EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 (use from April to September)

  • Scotts Lawn Builder Food Plus Weed Control (use from March to September)

  • Weedol Gun! Lawn Weedkiller (use from April to Setpember)

  • Weedol Lawn Weedkiller (Liquid Concentrate, use from April to September)

Warm weather will encourage your lawn to grow rapidly and use up the nutrients in your soil. Give your lawn a helping hand by providing it with some valuable feeding to keep it looking its best. For a fast green up use a liquid lawn feed such as EverGreen Extreme Green, perfect for last minute feeding prior to having friends and family round.

For larger areas applying a granular fertiliser, using a lawn spreader will speed up the process and give you better, even results. During dry conditions, these products will need to be watered in to activate the feed.

As an organic alternative, use chicken manure pellets. Repeat fertiliser application a third time if needed six to eight weeks later.

Do not apply spring or summer lawn fertilisers, chicken manure pellets or sulphate of ammonia after August. They contain too much nitrogen for autumn use, encouraging green leafy growth at the wrong time of year, when it could be damaged by winter cold or pests and disease

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