Early Summer Lawn Care
During the year your lawns seasonal needs change, during the summer months our feeds will gently provide your lawn with the correct balance of nutrient to help replace that lost by summer cutting. Whilst it doesn’t require watering in, if you keep your lawn short which will reduce the amount of morning dew, we would recommend a light watering after application.
To get the best effect from any lawn treatment, avoid mowing for three days after treatment. This gives time for the weed-killing element to move down to the roots.
If you are one of the many UK households growing your own we would recommend that you do not compost the next four lawn clippings following any weed control application.
Our control emphasis on this visit will focus on any weed activity, especially those difficult to control weeds like speedwell and selfheal. Persistent weeds like speedwell may require additional action, for more information about this weed and how to reduce it see our web site.
Why is all feeding and cutting important?
If you regularly cut the grass in summer to a minimum of 30mm and it is well fed, then the lawn will become thick and strong, this will naturally help eliminate weeds and moss as the don’t get a chance to thrive.
Red Thread Lawn Disease
Red Thread is often seen on lawns in the UK from mid summer through to and including the autumn time. It is often seen on fine fescue lawns, but can develop on all lawn types. It is a fairly minor disease that in most cases does relatively little damage, but can spoil a well kept lawns appearance. It is spread by spores within the air.
For more information see our advice section
Our Soil Biology and Soil Improver treatments will increase plant health and reduce stress, aiding a quicker recovery,
We promote regular mowing all year, a golden rule would be “little and often”.
Ideal cutting heights for the majority of lawns is 30/50mm, if you have a fine lawn the 25/35mm.
Keep the mower blades sharp for a great cut.
Don’t forget to keep the edges trim for that great finish.
How much Water
It is better to apply two good watering’s 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. 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.
How do I spot when I should start to 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 are 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.
The main pest our customers encounter are ants, although not as harmful to turf as wormcasts, ant hills can disfigure lawns. They usually appear in summer, especially prevalent in damp conditions and should be dispersed by brushing the soil when dry. This will avoid smearing them on the lawn when mowing. Over time left untreated the lawn may become uneven. Ants can also damage roots which may cause yellowing.
Ants can be controlled by treating with either biological nematodes or chemical treatments.
Our customers have great success using Ant Stop granule with a pro active approach during the summer. Available from our van or on line.
Hard surfaces clean up
It's not to late to clean up your drive and patio from Algae, Moss and weeds.
Our biocide will kill mould and other growths within typically 2-4 days, and the secondary detergent action will help to gently clean the treated surface in the following weeks and months without the need for pressure washing.
Our biocide is:
- 100 % Non-Abrasive: There is no need for any aggressive or damaging application methods such as high-pressure water-blasting or steam cleaning.
- Suitable for all exterior hard surfaces, including delicate surfaces such as plaster, rendering, mortar and glass.
- Long-Lasting: small and diminishing residues will protect against re-growth. Typically this protection will be for 6-9 months after the first application, and 8-12 months after subsequent applications.
For more information see hard surfaces.