If you have sown a new lawn or just want to improve your existing lawn, here are a few tips to follow.
For winter ensure you rake fallen autumn leaves so your lawn can absorb as much sunlight and warmth as possible.
Winter is also a great time to aerate your lawn which aids the passage of nutrients down to the roots. This also helps prevent soil compaction and allows moisture to travel freely to the roots.
A maintenance application of lawn “food” fertiliser should be applied at the recommended rate approximately 8 weeks after germination, or when most seedlings have reached a stage where each plant has 5 leaves. The type of fertiliser that should be selected for lawn food will have little or no phosphorus (P), high potash (K), high nitrogen (N) plus trace elements.
If you do get some infestation of broad leaf weeds, they should be controlled by applying selective broadleaf herbicides. Advice on appropriate herbicides should be obtained and directions for use followed precisely.
If you have just sown a new lawn, the first mowing should take place at an approximate grass height of 80mm. During the first 12 months grass should be kept to a maximum height of 100mm and a minimum height of 60mm. Mowing grasses at this height will have the effect of encouraging the grasses to grow horizontally and provide a dense cover.
Secret recipe for longer lasting lawn
After following these steps above, our secret recipe for a long-lasting lawn is NEVER to mow your lawn below 50mm. Mowing between 50mm and 60mm height should enable your lawn to remain thick, requiring less water, have fewer weeds and even less frequent mowing.
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In our next issue read about using the stale seed bed technique to control weeds before spring sowing