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Monday 3 February 2020

The Lawncare Guide - February

“I said get the roller clean not lay a bowling green.’ 

Generally, it’s unlikely you’ll be cutting the grass in February or at least possibly not until the end of the month, but it pays to be prepared because the growing season is just around the corner. Did you have your garden tractor or mower serviced at the end of last year? It’s worth getting your machinery out, starting up and letting it run just to make sure everything’s tickety-boo.

If you prepared an area for laying a new lawn you can lay turves in February so long as the grass is not too wet or frosty. Don’t walk on it for several weeks to let it establish. Should you be blessed with a warm spell and find you do need to mow, set the deck or blades at a high height and only cut on a dry day. The grass won’t appreciate a short, back and sides when the next frost comes along. Should you want to grow a new lawn from seed you can begin preparing the area if you have not already done so.

You won’t seed until late March/April so there’s time to get the bed ready and do some research on the type of grass you want. Seeding gives you a greater choice than laying turves. Typically for a family lawn, you would use a predominantly ryegrass or turf mixture which will tolerate high use, play and utility. If you live in an area with salt in the air or you have very dry soil then a Tall Fescue will give you a hard wearing and easily cared for lawn. For a ‘bowling green’ finish for formal lawns there are top quality seed mixes but be prepared for taking a ‘professional’ approach to looking after the lawn.

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