July Lawn Advice

Here are Will’s Norfolk Lawns top 6 July lawn tips.

Summer Fertiliser

Depending on when you applied your spring fertiliser, if at all, June-July is a great time to keep your lawn ticking over through the summer months with a slow-release fertiliser. 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.

Mowing

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.

Watering

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.

Red Thread

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

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.

Garden Furniture

With the sun shining more often than not we are rightly inclined to get outside and soak up the rays. Remember if you have garden furniture out on your lawns to move them off once you have finished with them to avoid long term damage or repair work.

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