At Lawn 3 there is nothing we like better than a lush, verdant lawn that looks great all year round. Below are some general tips that any homeowner can instantly apply for a greener and healthier lawn.
Mowing the lawn often leads to grass that’s too short and ultimately, a patchy lawn. This is a common issue among homeowners who want their lawn to look as manicured as those found on golf courses. However, what’s important to realise is that golf courses use growth inhibitors which restrict grass growth. This allows the grass to reach a height that allows it to prosper, but at a much shorter height than normal.
Why should you avoid cutting your grass short? There are several reasons:
– Domestic grass varieties are generally intolerant of very low cutting heights;
– Grass that’s too short encourages moss growth;
– Weeds have an easier time taking root in short grass;
– Grass that’s kept short cannot reach its maturing height;
– Roots receive no shade in hot weather;
– More watering is required for short grass.
– Results in stressed plants susceptible to disease.
How Short Should Grass Be Cut?
Longer grass results in a healthier lawn. As well, longer grass tends to grow more slowly, which means that far less mowing is required. Infrequent mowing gives grass plenty of time to recover following cutting.
Grass should not be cut any lower than one inch in the spring and fall, and 1.5 inches in the summer. Preferably, only 1/3 of the grass’s length should be cut each time. Longer grass provides a greater surface area for photosynthesis, which results in healthier grass. Leaving the grass longer also allows the ‘crown’ of the grass – the point from which grass leaves grow – to remain intact.
How Often Should You Mow?
Mowing once a week is usually sufficient. In spring when grass is growing more rapidly, mowing twice a week may be necessary.
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What to do with Cuttings
Cuttings should never be left on the lawn. Even though they will eventually biodegrade and put nutrients back into the lawn, it will take several weeks for this to occur. During that time, successive cuts will form a thick sub-surface thatch that will begin to rot – providing the perfect damp and dark environment needed for moss to thrive. Leaving cuttings on your lawn will also cause grass to be tracked onto paths and into your home.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp
Check mower blades often for sharpness. Mowing with a dull blade will tear the end of the grass blade, leaving it ragged. Later, these will turn brown causing the lawn to have a dried out look.
Don’t Water in the Heat
Although it is normal for grass to turn yellow over 2 or 3 weeks in very hot weather, watering it when it reaches this point is not only futile, but can also destroy a lawn in record time. This is because the grass will only receive water on the surface, with no water penetrating the soil due to evaporation. The roots will turn upward to reach the water at the surface, which will be effective until the next hot and sunny day, when the now near-surface roots die in the heat.
Water on a Schedule
During summer’s heat, it’s important to make sure that watering happens regularly and frequently. If you are going to water, do it well and often so the roots still manage to find water deep in the soil. During the main part of the growing season, grass should be watered twice weekly early in the day. Otherwise just leave it – unless there are extenuating circumstances most lawns will come back to their original condition when the rain returns.
Q)Will Lawn 3 Really Cost Me Less Than DIY, and Why?
Yes! Our fertilisers are slow-release and last for up to three months. This is twice as long as off-the-shelf products. We also apply the right products on your lawn at the right time of year, meaning zero waste. Not only does it cost less, but it requires far less effort than DIY.
Q) What Does Lawn 3 Do?
Lawn 3 specialises in the treatment and restoration of your lawn. We offer several types of lawn treatment which are detailed below.
Mar\Apr – We apply spring fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
May\Jun – We apply early summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Jul\Aug – We apply late summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Sept\Oct – We apply liquid iron treatment to your lawn to control moss and protect it over the winter
Nov – We apply crane fly (daddy long legs) treatment to your lawn to prevent infestation in the spring
These treatments can be included with your year-round treatment, or ordered independently.
Scarification – We remove moss and/or thatch from your lawn, which improves oxygen, water & nutrient levels in the soil
Aeration – This treatment improves drainage, provides space for root growth in your lawn, and allows nutrients and oxygen to the root zone
Miraclemoss – Our own organic moss control treatment, safe for pets, wildlife and your border plants
Pest Control – Chafer Grub treatments to rid your lawn of dead spots
Mowless – A treatment that reduces the speed of your lawn’s growth, reducing the need to mow and resulting in a much healthier lawn
Q) What’s the Difference between Lawn 3 Products and Garden Centre Products?
Garden centre products are diluted so that no professional qualifications are required to buy or apply them. But this also means that they can be less effective when applied to your lawn. As well, many of these products are a mixture of lawn food, moss killer, greener and weed killer, which also compromises their effectiveness.
As well, garden centre products are designed to give a flush of growth so that you see visible results sooner. Unfortunately, much of the solution is too strong to be absorbed by your lawn and simply washes away. All of the operators at Lawn 3 are NPTC qualified, able to purchase and apply professional-strength fertilisers and weed killers to your lawn.
All of the products Lawn 3 applies are slow release, which allows a carefully regulated release of nutrients into the soil for a lawn that not only looks healthy on the surface, but really is healthy all the way from root to top.
Our Happy Clients
"Stephen Monk Lawn 3 has been looking after our lawn for nearly three years , and we are very pleased with the personal service he provides and the results achieved to date. Previously over a period of some last seven years we had a similar service from two other lawn care providers. In each case we decided, after a reasonable period, that they were not providing the service we had expected. We found Lawn 3 by an internet search, and were impressed by the personal service referred to in the website testimonials Our lawn has suffered for many years with red thread. We are currently nearly free of this thanks to Stephen. He takes considerable pride in his work and makes you feel your lawn is important to him. He is extremely approachable whilst providing a professional caring service often giving simple self help tips to improve the lawn. Thanks Stephen"
"Dear Steve, Lawn3 reseeded our lawn in the spring and we are very pleased with the result. Rather than a lawn filled with dandelions and Mind Your Own business we now have a beautiful thick green lawn - too nice to walk on! Steve is always helpful, keeps to his appointment times and has gone out of his way to give us extra advice. For anyone wondering whether to go for laying turf or seeding a lawn I would definitely recommend the latter. Our garden is shaded by a large tree so Steve has seeded with a shade tolerant grass seed - we are delighted. Thanks Steve"