Summer Lawn Care Tips
Long after the job is done, www.GloucestershireTurf.co.uk receive lawn care inquiries from clients. While we offer our garden maintenance service by request, our Four Seasons Lawn Care series is dedicated to clients who wish to brave the challenge themselves.
In recent years the South West has witnessed seasonal extremes. From record rainfall to droughts this series will show how to manage your lawn … Whatever the weather.
How Low Should I Mow?
Rousing your lawn to it’s best is a seasonal affair. Failure to apply best practices during the winter will adversely affect your lawn during summer. Just as a student who crams at the last will labour and fold in exams, a gardener who neglects his lawn will suffer.
Managing your lawn during the summer is based on effective hydration, aeration and mowing height.
How often should I water my lawn?
Once turf is laid, we recommend watering your lawn for an hour a day. For the rest of the year, however, this would be excessive. During the summer watering no more than two or three times a week for twenty to thirty minutes is advisable.
That said, your should monitor conditions daily and adjust your approach accordingly. Signs your lawn is ready for water include wilting blades and discolouration.
How I often should I aerate?
Aeration is also referred to as aerification. It is the act of using a trusty garden fork to penetrate the earth, allowing air and water to circulate the roots. Doing this will also reduce compaction and enhance drainage.
To aerate effectively you should puncture the ground firmly every 4 to 6 inches. Some gardeners refuse to aerate their lawns at all during the summer. However, with variable conditions during the British summer, we can apply this practice at our discretion.
Aeration is best practiced during cool seasons or weather conditions. It should not be executed at times of high heat or drought.
How low should I set my mower?
It’s a little known fact that your lawn will grow faster during the summer months. That said, you should resist the temptation of lowering your mowers height a notch …
… In fact, you should raise it.
Mowing too low will risk scorching the earth resulting in dehydration. Raising your mower a notch, up to 3 inches, provides insulation and protects your lawn.
A word on grass clippings …
It isn’t always necessary to remove grass clippings. Mulching can prevent a loss of moisture from the roots and soil. However, clippings are best removed if the blades are too long or if a pre-existing turf disease is present.
Whether you want your green to be held in the same as esteem as the grass courts of Wimbledon, or you simply want a hard wearing lawn for the family to enjoy, we hope you’ve found this article helpful. Please share your questions and thoughts below.