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Annual Lawn Care Programme


Annual Lawn Care Programme

 

Maintenance/treatment plans will be designed specifically for your lawn and will vary depending on many factors including:  Soil type, shade, grass species, mowing frequency, weed & moss content, thatch depth, disease presence, worm casting, soil compaction etc...........and of course...... your budget.

All the tasks below can be carried out as 'one-offs'.  They do not have to be part of a plan. 

We can also execute a regular garden maintenance plan to run alongside your lawn plan including care of borders, shrubs, hedges, flower beds etc.

Some 'typical' maintenance plan examples are shown below: 

Basic Plan

A single feed and weed treatment in the Spring.  The feed is a six month slow release high nitrogen fertiliser followed by an application of selective herbicide to kill weeds for the season. 

1 x Moss treatment in the Winter.

Standard Plan

March-May: Application of a balanced fertiliser consisting of fast and slow-release nitrogen.  This will kick start your lawn into growth following the cold Winter months, maintaining steady growth for three months.  Within the same visit, the lawn will be sprayed with a selective herbicide to kill weeds.  A second application may be required several weeks later to kill stubborn, deep rooted weeds.

June & July: Application of Summer fertiliser, partially organic to reduce stress in times of drought. Slow-release to encourage steady growth for 12 weeks.  Low risk of scorching so does not require watering in.

Sept and Oct: Application of high phosphate and potash fertiliser with added iron, encouraging strong rooting, disease resistance and deep greening without growth.

Winter: Application of iron to kill moss with the added benefit of greening without growth.  This will also reduce the p.H, therefore discouraging Annual Meadow Grass and worms but encouraging the finer grass species. 

Fungicide application is highly recommended to add on to this plan.  See 'additional treatments', below.

Comprehensive Plan

As 'Standard' with the addition of 'mechanical operations'. 

Autumn scarifying: This will remove the majority of moss and thatch enabling better water and nutrient penetration, deeper rooting, drought resistance, firmer surface and improved disease resistance.  Procumbent growth will be lifted and severed along with trailing weeds.

Autumn scarifying is usually carried out alongside solid/slit/hollow tining.  Light scarifying can be carried out during Spring.

Aeration. (Spiking): Solid tine aeration will allow the gaseous exchange of carbon dioxide out and oxygen in to the rootzone allowing roots to breathe and grow. It will improve surface drainage and help moisture (and expensive fertiliser) to get to the roots rather than lying on the surface which will encourage disease. 

Fungicide application is highly recommended to add on to this plan.  See 'additional treatments', below.

 

Additional Treatments:

These treatments can be added to 'Comprehensive' to target specific problems or used as a continual renovation/improvement process.  In some cases, these treatments can be added to 'Standard' without having to upgrade to 'Comprehensive'. 

Application of seaweed: This will encourage beneficial soil fungi, therefore encouraging larger root growth to help the plant resist drought by deeper rooting. 

Root Pruning.  By using flat tines the grass roots are severed therefore promoting strong root growth in the Spring.  Flat tines also leave a larger slit than solid tines under the soil so creating better drainage and improved gaseous exchange.  Can be carried out through the Winter and early Spring.


Application of wetting agent:  This will enable water to quickly penetrate the soil surface during the Summer months getting to the roots rapidly.  This will help cure problem areas of fairy rings and dry patch.  Dry patch will show as large areas of brown grass caused by water unable to be taken up by the roots due to a combination of soil fungi and increased surface tension.  Can be particularly beneficial on a sloping lawn or steep bank where water naturally rolls to the bottom before penetration.


Verticutting:  Done on a regular basis during the growing season this will remove dead growth from the sward and sever stolons therefore preventing excessive build-up of thatch.  Scarification during the Autumn months can be a much lighter operation if verticutting is carried out on a regular basis. 


Application of fungicide:  Many lawns in the Summer/Autumn will appear to show symptoms of drought, very often this isn't lack of water but relatively harmless diseases named 'Red Thread' or 'Dollar Spot'.  The diseases attacks mainly fine grasses (fescues) and appears as brown patches, it looks very unsightly and ruins the appearance of a fine lawn.  It can be reduced by careful application of nitrogen or controlled by two applications of fungicide.  

 

Area covered:   Cheddar, Wells, Shepton Mallet, Wedmore, Midsomer Norton, Street & surrounding towns and villages.