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Monday 2 April 2012

The Lawn Care Guide - APRIL

Mowing the Lawn in April
Up until now, much has depended on the weather conditions as far as the lawn is concerned - so this month’s tips may repeat some of those given for March.

Cutting the grass usually begins in earnest in April. Mow when the grass is dry. For the first mowing in spring, set the cutting height to the highest setting.

Thereafter, gradually reduce the height of cut until the desired height is reached. For fine lawns, this will be 6-13mm (¼-½in). For ordinary ornamental lawns this will be 13-25mm (½-1in) in summer and up to 40mm (1.5in) in spring and autumn. You shouldn’t take more than a third off the height of the grass at any one mowing. 
During winter months the grass may have lifted a little - it may benefit from a light rolling if it’s dry enough. 

Now is the time to repair damaged areas not patched in March and apply seed, raking the area to let the seed settle. Cutting the grass will reveal any weed and moss problems and these can be treated. 

Lawn fertilizer and lawn weed control products are best applied in April before the weather really warms up, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If there are no weeds or moss just use fertilizer. 

Aerate any areas where the lawn is compacted. If you have prepared a bed for a new lawn, lightly rake it over ready for sowing. If you are laying turf this needs to be completed by the end of the month to give the grass the chance to take root.

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