Here are Will’s Norfolk Lawns top 6 August lawn tips.
If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to apply a nitrogen based fertiliser to your lawn to keep it ticking over for the rest of summer. A slow-release fertiliser will gradually give your lawn the feed it needs to stay thick and healthy during the warmer months, helping to replace some of the nutrients lost through regular mowing.
For more information on Will’s Norfolk Lawns Summer treatment, see our Seasonal Treatment page.
Regular mowing is vitally important for maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the year. Remember, the best approach is little and often. Ensure you keep your mower blade sharp and avoid taking off anymore than 1/3rd of the length of the grass during any one cut. Regularly change the direction you are mowing and aim to mow between 25-40mm in height. If you are experiencing a hot/dry spell we advise to leave your lawn a little longer, to reduce stress and help retain moisture.
Just like any other plant, grass needs water to survive and thrive so getting the sprinkler out during the summer is a must. The best way to water an established lawn is to try and replicate heavy rainfall, by watering deeply-infrequently. We advise applying 20-25mm of water to your lawn once or twice per week, preferably early in the morning or evenings, to allow the moisture to soak deep into the root zone. To record the amount of water you are applying, place a rain gauge or empty jam jar within range of the sprinkler, once it has filled up to the required level you can switch the sprinkler off.
Summer time is a common time of year to see the development of red thread. Red thread is a fungal disease that usually occurs during warm, humid weather conditions and can cause unsightly bleached patches on your lawn. If your lawn appears to be suffering from red thread, we advise applying a high nitrogen fertiliser to help it grow out, or contact Will’s Norfolk Lawns for professional advice. If your lawn has not been suffering from red thread – great!
Ants are often a problem on many lawns over the summer. The ants normally do not kill the grass directly, but their excavations bring soil to the surface and eventually build mounds. These raised areas can be scalped by the mower, leading to bald patches and the nests often dry out quickly causing stress to the grasses growing above. To avoid mounds being built up it is best to rake or brush the loose soil out over the lawn when dry. Controlling ants in a lawn is very difficult as there are currently no reliable products available to control ants in lawns.
Plan Autumn Renovation Work
With autumn around the corner now would be a good time to prepare and plan your lawn renovation work for September-October. Scarifying, aerating, over-seeding and top dressing your lawn this autumn will give your lawn the best chance of thriving again come next year. These processes will reduce thatch layers, relieve soil compaction and incorporate new grasses into your lawn.
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