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4 Week Lawn Challenge – New Build Transformation

4 Week Lawn Challenge – New Build Transformation

Anyone wanting to improve the appearance of their lawn has to see this video series it’s going to be a step-by-step guide where I’m going to take you through all aspects particularly useful for anyone in a new-build property looking to improve their lawn or in fact even on older properties where the lawn needs bringing back to life

Tip 1 – Seed Your Lawn

September and October can be an ideal time to Overseed your lawn

We have the high soil temperature from the summer which will aid germination but also the promise or rain and milder weather into the autumn

This year the temeratures have fallen away quicker than expected and those in the north seeing single digit temperatures already

For lawn work this October with low temperatures I’m leaning toward using a rye grass mix which will come up quicker and requires less heat vs mixes with fescue inside

Seeding right through october should be no problem with rye mixes to repair patches and overseed ready for the winter

Tip 2 – Feeding The Lawn

As the summer is drawing to a close we are moving away from high nitrogren spring / summer feeds and close to Autumn feeds

If you have some GLG Dark Green Spring/Summer left over now is the time to use it

If you are looking for your next feed then go for the GLG Dark Green Autumn which is lower in nitrogen but high iron for a dark green pop

At this time of year we don’t want to be applying as much nitrogen to the lawn and focus more on strengthening the plant and its root systems for winter

It can also be an ideal time to use a wetting agent to aid the penetration of water if the lawn has dried out over the summer

Tip 3 – Lawn Scarification

Scarification is the process of removing some of the debris that sits in your lawn through a rake or tines

Scarifying machines often come with two cartridges, the first cartridge is an aerator or slitting cartridge and the second is a rake or spring tine cartridge

You can also scarify by hand using a fixed rake or spring tine rake

This is going to rake through the sward and lift out any of the debris that’s in the lawn to open up the canopy

It can also help to reduce the levels of moss by raking and removing it

Opening up the grass sward is key if you are looking to improve the health of the plant and especially key if you are looking to overseed

Removing any dead matter lets more light onto the plant, allows water and nutrients in to penetrate and allows any seed you apply to get better seed to soil contact which will improve germination

The amount of material that you’re goingto be removing is really going to be dependent on the overall health of your lawn and how often that you’ve been maintaining it throughout the season

This can range from a few buckets full of debris right the way up to several wheelie bins full of scarified material

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Tip 4 – Using Iron in the Lawn

If the weather is turning wetter, this can promote growth of moss in the lawn

You can apply the iron before scarification to burn the moss then rake it out, you can also re-apply iron again after scarification to further put pressure on the moss

This can be achieved with a liquid iron product or using an Autumn based granular feed with high iron inside such as GLG Dark Green Autumn

Tip 5 – Can I kill Weeds In October?

The remaining weeds of the season should be reducing now in terms of their frequency.

For any remaining weeds still rearing their ugly heads early October is really the latest time to tackle before the season finishes

These weed killers have maximum impact when the weeds are actively growing and the soil temperates are right

Beyond the mid of october treatments like this may have minimal impact and could be best saved till the new year

Remember to use a dedicated weed killer “Kills Weeds not Lawns” which is selective and will not kill the grass when used correctly

Weed Control For Lawns

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