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Lawn Maintenance

Here are some lawn care basics that are required in order for your lawn to make the very most of our service. Effective mowing and occasional watering goes hand in hand with what we do for the best results. 

Mowing

The process of mowing is the pruning of the grass plant. Frequent mowing is the building block of a fine lawn. By giving your lawn 30+ cuts per year at a healthy height, you will improve the density of the grass plants, helping to keep weeds and moss at bay.

  • Only a fool drifts from the one third rule. Never remove more than a third of the plant with any one cut. The lawn will lose colour and it will put the plant under stress, and nobody wants stress. If the length of the lawn has caught you out, reduce it's height in stages or increase your mowing frequency. 
     

  • Keep your blades on the high side. Our services and products help to create great lawns - but they are not necessarily the best products for bowling greens which require different inputs. Mow no lower than a height of 25mm (1"). If there is no rain on the horizon during the months of May-September, increasing this height of cut is advised to maintain health and colour. 
     

  • Keep your blades sharp. Blunt blades tear the leaves of the grass plant - weakening it and increasing the risk of disease. If your machine is in need of it's annual service, have a look at some of our trusted contacts.
     

  • If the weather is mild, continue to mow - even if this is during winter months. It is not uncommon for a December cut for example to be required in the Midlands. Do not mow when the lawn is waterlogged or frosty - pick your time to mow over the winter months. Lightly topping the lawn one bright afternoon following a few dry days would be perfect.
     

  • Keep an eye on your visit dates from us. Do not mow three days either side of a lawn treatment visit from us. We say this in order to increase the effectiveness of our products. If we are carrying out mechanical work or scarification and aeration, for best results the lawn will need to be cut shortly before our visit.

Watering

The grass plant is tough, but it is also like any other plant - it requires water in order to thrive. Fortunately, the Great British Isles provides an ideal climate for grass growth so the requirements for watering our lawns are largely low in comparison to other parts of the world. However in a dry summer, infrequent, deep watering will be required to keep your lawn in its best possible condition. 

  • Water the lawn deeply at least once, ideally twice per week should the weather dictate from May to August. This should be done of an evening when evaporation rates are at their lowest and allowing all night for the turf to absorb the moisture. Watering will be of more importance should the grass cover is thin, such as following scarifying over overseeding work.
     

  • Raise your height of cut if you are yet to do so. Consider mowing without the box on in mid-summer if growth is slow, weeds are limited and you are mowing frequently. This will recycle both nutrients and water. 
     

  • Keep an eye on your visit dates from us. Be sure to remember adequate access to your lawns as both the Early-Summer (May-June) and Late-Summer (July-Aug) applications as they are vital for the health of your lawn through the summer period. Our Early-Summer application provides a fertiliser boost at the time of year where your lawn is at it's most hungry, which is also the ideal time to be making our main weed control application. Our Late-Summer visit provides your lawn with a slow release fertiliser top-up, along with finishing off the more difficult to control weeds through spot treatment. These treatments allow for the best possible immediate and future recovery throughout the autumn.

If this is a little much in one go, do not fear! Our customers are kept up to date throughout the year via email with the latest seasonal tips. We're more than happy to share our in-depth knowledge in person when we visit, just ask away. Good lawn care practices when combined with our lawn care services build fantastic lawns.