Helping your lawn to Spring back into life
Many lawns are looking particularly thin and weak at the moment, if yours is one that has suffered you're probably wondering why. There are a few possible explanations that are worth considering before deciding upon the appropriate course of action to get it looking right again this summer.
The weather again this winter has been anything but usual combining record levels of rainfall in certain areas with strong winds and unseasonably mild temperatures.
So what impact does this all have on your lawn?
1. In the mild conditions the grass is likely to continue to try to grow, but if your lawn has been saturated or water logged the grass will have struggled to access the oxygen and nutrients it needs from the soil to sustain healthy growth – the result will be that some of the shallower rooted plants will die off leaving your lawn looking thin and patchy.
2. The increased soil moisture has meant that grass has had to try to cope more than usual with its roots sitting in higher levels of dampness – again this will have caused some of the shallower root plants to die off, again leaving the lawn looking patchy and thin.
3. During the winter months there tends to be a lot less hours of sunshine and the sun also sits lower in the sky so fences, houses and trees etc. will deprive the grass of the sunlight that it craves. This is normal and does cause a small amount of grass to die every year but this winter with the continuous cloudy skies the problem has been increased leaving the plant struggling to find any light at all. This may have caused serious weakness and with the mild conditions it has been perfect for the development and ingress of moss. During winter it is typical that moss develops, but the combination of both those conditions was perfect for moss to be more aggressive than usual. Moss and grass are typically in competition to dominate your lawn – this winter has certainly favoured the moss at the expense of the grass.
4. The damp weather has meant the lawn has continued to grow more than usual but in many cases it has been difficult to continue to mow accordingly – as such this will affect the lawns thickness and leave it looking thin and weak in early spring.
5. Finally, Leather Jackets (the grub of the Crane fly or Daddy Long legs) have also thrived in this mild winter. In cold frosty conditions these grubs usually move deeper into the soil to avoid the cold conditions, but this year has seen them continue to feed on the plants roots throughout the winter again leaving your lawn looking thin and weak and patchy.
Greensleeves have solutions to the problems or conditions above and would be delighted to provide a free no obligation quotation for the work that would be required to get your lawn back to a condition you can be proud of. You can find me http://www.greensleeves-uk.com/enfield or call 020 8363 4110.
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