Now that the warm weather is here it time to look after your lawn and put back what this wet few months have taken away from it all.
The signs to look out are as follows :-
This can caused by two things :-
A process we call in the trade as verticuting or tilling
The only disadvantages is that it does leave your grass looking a bit scruffy as the picture bellow slow
If these do not apply to you then go to step
Then the treatment is to apply a fungicide mixed with nitrate to green the grass
Not long ago the general rule was to feed the grass 3 days before you cut or three days after this was so that the feed wont scorch the newly cut grass.
But now there are After cut on the markets so you can cut and feed the lawn at the same time . the only difference is the price .The brands to look for are the ones with high nitrogen ratio content.
These are then measured out and dispersed by the use of a hopper see picture opposite. After wards leave for 3 days or until the Moss & weeds have died or turned black in some cases then rake it either with a rake or scarifier.
See above on Verticuting or tilling
Next thing to do is to reseed any patches that you left when you raked the lawn.
This can either be done by hand ( I go by the Golden rule to allow for Birds and poor germination and mix up twice as you would recommended by the packet a 30 grams to metre square ).
Then a good helping of lawn top soil you then spread it evenly into the grass, As with fertilizers you now can get pre-germinated seedling that have all ready been treated to start germinating therefore giving less for the birds to eat as they don’t eat grass shoots.
However these seeds have to mixed with fine sand to separate the seeds.
All this preparation is best carried out in Spring before the weather gets to hot and there a chance of rain
Since I wrote this article there has been some recent developments in feeding techniques and mowing. Since now We are going towards the trends of Organics now.
The first way is by using a machine called a mulcher, basically this machines the grass so finely that it doesn’t need a bucket and thus cuts out the need of composting or taking the grass cutting to a dump.
How ever since I haven’t used them since I started gardening.I cant give My views on it. all I can say is it will only work if the grass is short
Well this week certainly feels like spring coming to summer and with the RHS informing us that the flowering season will be prolonged this year due to this cold snap we had.
It is better to be prepared for a warm spring by this I mean to protect all your seedling that should be sprouting now in your green house from the fierce rays of the sun .
This can be achieved by :-
(a) putting any shading material on your green house glass .Whether its green or blinds. This will reduce the intensity of the heat with in greenhouse . You can either use a netting like the one in picture or green house wash paints
(b) set a method by watering in the the evening when the sun comes down – this way you wont waste water and also the plants can drink it in before it evaporates in the mid day sun
On Wednesday I got to plant some shrubs and plants that My client brought.
As I do general garden Maintenance I do planting and growing as well and this week I had to plant a Skimmia ,Photinia, and Eu0nymus
If you want plants for shade then these shrubs which I going to describe are ideal.
In between there is a Photinia red robin to add that contrast
And in the other corner is a Elaeagnus