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Caring for Lawns In Summer

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Jun 22, 2017
Treating Lawns

With the good weather of late a lot of us have been spending the majority of our time out in the garden either gardening or simply enjoying the sun. The more time I spent out in my own garden I started to notice that my lawn wasn’t looking as green as it did earlier in the season. This could be down for two reasons. The first it has been so dry over the last few weeks it is in need of a good drink at this point.

The other reason could be that lawn fertilizer I applied to it back in spring has started to out. Normally these treatments work for two to three months and so mid-summer is the best time to give them a boost to get them through to September. September is generally the time growing rates slow down and you don’t have to provide lawns with as much. In the coming weeks it is a good time to give your lawn a bit of an MOT and see how it is performing and keep it going until autumn.

For anyone that has a lawnmower that collects grass clipping rather than mulching the cut grass back into the lawn I always recommend applying a mid-summer feed to your lawn. If you constantly collect the clippings you are not returning any nutrients to soil so it is best to apply some sort of feed to give the lawn a boost.

One product to consider using is Mo Bacter Universal Lawn Feed. This product contains a slow release fertilizer that feeds lawns for up to two months and it also controls moss. The live bacterium in the product eats up the moss in a matter of days leaving a lush green lawn behind.

Generally around 10 days after applying Mo Bacter you will notice that the lawn looks considerably greener and healthier. The product is also organic which means it is safe for pets to go back out on the lawn after it has been applied. This is always a big concern for customers that have pets who come in to CountryLife looking for products to use on their lawns.

Liquid feeds are a good thing to consider at the moment too. They are often much faster acting and you can see the results on your lawn in a matter of days. They are great option to consider if you have a smaller lawn too because you can easily apply them just using a watering can. Evergreen produces a good long lasting liquid feed that is just one to consider using.

Now is also a good time of year to consider applying lime to your lawns. A lime treatment will help improve the soil pH structure and can control moss for you too. You do not want to apply lime at the same time you feed a lawn as they two treatments can cancel each other out. As a rule of thumb you want to leave at least three to four weeks between feeding your lawn and treating it with lime.

From a practical point of view if you look at your lawn and think it looks good you can now apply lime to it. While if you look at your lawn and think it is looking a bit shabby you should start off by feeding it and treating any weeds that are visible. Then roughly a month later you can treat with lime. This will mean you have lush healthy lawns right through to autumn. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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