So Wednesday was the last day for our aeration and Scarification work until spring 2017, time to get the machines serviced and let the body recover from all that raking and bagging!
The weather has been kind to us through September and October and, at the moment; the forecast for the next couple of weeks is still mild for the time of year so it might still be a bit early to retire those mowers just yet.
Once those temperatures do drop winter should be a quiet time of year for the lawn but here’s some simple tips to help keep the grass healthy into spring:.
Once the growth stops try to keep foot traffic to a minimum.
Only mow if the grass is growing and the ground conditions are firm enough.
Don’t walk on frosted grass.
Sweep up fallen leaves, the grass still needs that sunshine and it lessens the chance of disease.
Fungal disease can still be a problem at this time of year so if you see something that does not look right, please call as it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The end of October brought about a change in the way common lawn pests, chafer grubs and leatherjackets can be tackled, the last chemical treatment, which was very effective is no longer available to legally apply.
The good news is there is still a treatment, nematodes, these are natural organic predators and can be watered in to the lawn to deal with / prevent these pests from damaging the lawn.
You don’t need a licence to apply this treatment so, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions you can complete this treatment yourself. The main drawback is that the nematodes need the right temperature and conditions to be effective.
If you need help or advice on any lawn problem please call or email, we are always happy to provide advice.
Hi I'm Annie and I love lawns and gardens. I own and run Lawnrite providing lawn care advice and treatments across East Hampshire and West Sussex