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Monday 31 October 2022

The Lawncare Guide - November

 Less stress makes finer lawns

A lawn of fine turf grows under conditions that are not entirely natural. The winter months will subject it to stress with the cold, wet and freezing conditions, so it needs a helping hand. You will probably have scarified, aerated and treated the lawn to a fertilizer last month. 

Spiking and slitting, either with a garden tractor accessory, a walk-behind, or even a garden fork, will help drainage even more and get air to the roots. A feed of low nitrogen, high potassium and iron will help combat stress, combat disease and green up the lawn if you haven’t already applied one. 

Be careful though, grass is greedy and will take up as much as it can get. Check the instructions and application rates on the packaging. If you’re keen on organic an organic fertiliser such as Viano Recovery provides autumn nourishment and greens up the grass. You will find it online and in garden centres. 

With mild weather once again during October, the grass has been happily growing back after the drought of summer and where the air temperature is above 5ยบ C it will continue to do so. Which means you will still need to mow, possibly into December, on days when the grass is not too wet. 

Less frequent mowing should still ensure only the top twenty-five percent of the grass is cut to keep it tidy and protect it through the winter. Clear any leaves from the lawn, brush off worm casts and when you’re finally done, put up your boots and send the garden tractor or mower for a service ready to have it running for the next mowing regime.

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