Garden tips on how to keep your lawn in perfect condition
Unpredictable weather means many lawns are in need of a bit of late summer TLC. (Garden tips on how to keep your lawn in perfect condition)
By Liz Dobbs
A well-used lawn can be a sign of a happy staycation but the grass needs a break too. A bit of summer TLC, adjusted to suit the weather conditions, can work wonders on a stressed lawn.
So what sort of year has it been for British lawns so far? Ruth Mann, the head of research at Sports Turf Research Institute, says: “2013 has been a year of both wet and dry cycles so there are lawns in some parts of the country that have suffered from drought while others have problems associated with heavy rain.”
The woes of a soggy lawn are many, as Dr Mann observes: “I have never seen as many fairy rings as there are this year. This fungi thrives during wet cycles and while the fruiting bodies can simply be swept off with a broom, if the problem persists, eventually it is a case of digging down, replacing the soil and resowing the area with grass seed.
“Red thread is another problem that has flared up after heavy spells of rain. Gardeners can help protect their lawns by feeding grass to keep it in tip-top condition, as this is a disease that thrives in low fertility.”
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