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Tuesday 6 November 2018

The Lawn Care Guide - November

One man went to mow...

The traditional counting rhyme was probably written to help children learn numbers at harvest time.

The change in the weather brought down by arctic wind probably signal the end of mowing for now but there may be pockets in warmer parts of the country still warm enough for the grass to keep growing.

It only needs a temperature above 5ºC (41ºF) to continue growing and it may still need a trim. In which case, to avoid stressing the turf, the cutting deck and mower height of cut should be about 4cm (1.5”) minimum. Generally though, only mow if the growth dictates and turn your attention to clearing up leaves – the sweeper/collector on the garden tractor will do the job nicely on the lawn.

If you haven’t done so, and the ground is not waterlogged, it’s not too late to scarify, aerate and top dress the lawn to give it a head start in the growing season. Again, if prepared ground is not too wet or frozen you can still lay turf for repairing or creating a new lawn.

All that remains is to neaten up lawn edges and if you’re sure no more mowing is needed it’s time to book a service for the garden tractor or mower, so you’re all set up for next year.

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