Once your lawn sets root into the soil, it is starting to become established. You can test for this by trying to gently lift a corner of a roll or slab, if it doesn’t lift easily, the roots have set into the soil. This is a good thing as it means your lawn is growing well.
Measuring a soil’s pH is easy to do and doesn’t involve a complicated scientific experiment, all you need is a pH testing kit.
You’ll often read the recommendation to check soil pH, a lot of people ask me what does pH actually mean? pH is simply a measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is. A pH of 6-7 is neutral, below 6 is acid, the lower the number the more acid the site.
Gypsum is a soft white-grey mineral known as a ‘clay breaker’ because it helps to improve the physical condition of heavy clay soils. In layman’s terms, if you look at compacted soils under a microscope they look like a jar full of sand.
You don’t need to flood your lawn, just be sure to keep the turf and immediate underlying soil moist. You must be systemic, ensuring you water all areas. Keep in mind that during hot conditions, especially if it is windy, the lawn will dry out very quickly and additional watering may be required.
A long hot summer has come to an end and temperatures should be heading south over the coming months, time for some Autumn lawn care.
Your grass has suffered through a very hot summer and is likely to need a boost, so now is the time to get in there while you still have some of the growing season left.
There are some out there who wouldn’t dream of fertilising their lawn very often or even at all, because it could lead to more mowing! But can you over fertilise your lawn?
For others there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, right?
Got worms? In your lawn that is. Earthworms to be more specific. These pleasant creatures are actually brilliant for your lawns health and they are busily working away beneath the surface. If earthworms are present in your soil, it means you have healthy soil that contains a good amount of organic material, so there is no reason to worry about them.
Many home lawns get to the stage where even the best maintenance and upkeep sees their lawn areas struggle to thrive and sometimes even survive.
Whilst the warmer months in spring, summer and early autumn are the ideal time of year to lay a new lawn, winter is still ok – and there are even a few benefits in establishing a lawn in the cooler time of the year.