RENOVATING AND REPAIRING YOUR LAWN

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A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE TO REPAIR YOUR LAWN.

 

THIS TYPE OF LAWN CAN BE SALVAGED

FIRSTLY YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER OR NOT YOU LAWN IS PAST REPAIR OR IS WORTH SALVAGING.

HOW DO YOU COME TO THIS DECISION?

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE PERCENTAGE OF GRASS, WEEDS AND MOSS IN YOUR LAWN. IF THERE IS MORE THAN 60% WEEDS AND MOSS YOU ARE BETTER OFF KILLING OFF THE EXISTING GRASS AND LAYING NEW TURF OR SEED.

IF YOU HAVE DECIDED THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SALVAGE YOUR LAWN YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW THESE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  1. FIRSTLY YOU WILL NEED TO CUT YOUR LAWN TO A HEIGHT OF 10mm, IT MAY NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO GROW TO ACHEIVE THIS. IF YOUR LAWN IS ALOT LONGER ACHEIVE IT WITH A NUMBER OF CUTS.
  2. NEXT FEED THE GRASS WITH GROWMORE FERTILISER ( AVAILABLE FROM GARDEN CENTRES) APPLY BY HAND. APROXIMATELY 2 GRAMMES PER SQUARE METRE. IF IT IS DRY LIGHTLY WATER THE LAWN AFTER SPREADING.
  3. AFTER A FEW DAYS RENT A SCARIFYER FROM YOUR LOCAL HIRE SHOP AND SCARIFY YOUR LAWN IN TWO DIRECTIONS FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT. THIS WILL PRODUCE ALOT OF MATTER WHICH CAN BE MOWN UP USING A MOWER AND GRASS BOX. THIS ALLOWS YOUR LAWN TO BE COMBED WITHOUT LEAVING BARE PATCHES. IN DRY PERIODS WATER THE LAWN THE DAY BEFORE AS THIS PROCESS SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED DRY.
  4. LEAVE FOR A WEEK AND CUT AGAIN. THEN AFTER THREE DAYS APPLY A WEED KILLER WITH A WATERING CAN. FOR BEST RESULTS DO THIS ON A WARM DAY(WEEDS ARE AT THEIR MAXIMUM GROWTH CYCLE) AVOID VERY HOT DAYS AS THE SALTS IN THE WEED KILLER WILL SCORCH THE GRASS.
  5. BY THIS STAGE THE GRASS SHOULD BE SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT, IF NOT IT MAY BE WORTH WHILE GETTING A SOIL ANALYSIS TO SEE CAUSES. THE NEXT STAGE IS TO APPLY A TOP DRESSING OF SHARP SAND (AVAILABLE FROM BUILDERS MERCHANTS) APPLY WITH A SHOVEL AND BRUSH IN SO NOT TO SMOTHER THE GRASS AND ALLOW THE GRASS TO RECOVER. THE PURPOSE OF APPLYING A TOP DRESSING IS TO GAIN AN EVEN SURFACE TO YOUR LAWN. WITH A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS OF A NUMBER OF WEEKS A LEVEL SURFACE SHOULD BE ACHEIVED.
  6. THE FINAL STAGE IS IN THE AUTUMN(OCTOBER) IS TO SEED THE LAWN WITH NEW SEED AND THEN TOP DRESS THE SEED WITH A MIXTURE OF 50% PEAT AND 50% SHARP SAND. LEAVE FOR ABOUT 14 DAYS TO ALLOW THE SEED TO GERMINATE. IF THE WEATHER BECOMES DRY LIGHTLY WATER.
  7. ENJOY YOUR NEW PLUSH LAWN READY FOR SPRING.

TYPES OF SEED

FAMILY GARDEN : A MIXTURE OF RYE AND GRASS SEED FOR A HARD WEARING SURFACE.

SHOW GARDENS : CANADA GREEN SEED FOR A TIGHT KNIT LAWN WITH SMALL BLADES(MINIMUM TRAFFIC)

I HOPE MY GUIDE HAS PROVED USEFUL BUT REMEMBER THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE TIME AND PATIENCE A JOB RUSHED WILL RUIN YOUR LAWN FURTHER.

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