Lawncare Winter Newsletter
Lawncare Winter Newsletter
We hope you are all safe and coping with the current situation. As we approach the climb out of winter, we look forward to the weather, the vaccines and the action of lockdown making life much more comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing my kids (who I haven’t seen for months) for a coffee or may I dare suggest, a pint!
Well back to lawns. We are approaching the day of the year when lawns look their worst, which is generally around valentine’s day. The reason for this is due to the fact that the grass plants will have sat in cold wet soil for several months meaning that the roots have been lacking in oxygen but more importantly, the plants are lacking in carbohydrates. This is because all plants gain carbohydrates from sunlight, it is not something that we can provide in the way of a magic potion! By mid-February, we have reached the stage where the plants generally are at their low point and as we move forwards, the days lengthen, the light intensity increases, and the plants start to grow.
So many of you will be looking at your lawn and thinking things need to be done as it looks bedraggled. They will recover so don’t panic. Where we think there is an issue, we will have been in touch. When the water table reseeds and we get good nutrition applied, things will change rapidly.
This year has been very wet and apart from the odd short cold spell, the winter has been warm, which has meant much higher levels of moss. You will have noticed that we have been dealing with the moss on recent visits as we did in the latter part of the autumn. It is important to make sure there is no moss at this stage as it can still become rampant in the spring before the grass plants out compete it. If we do end up with higher levels of moss, this can choke the grass growth and cause thatch issues meaning expensive scarification.
Over the last few years, we have seen a shift in seasons with warmer wetter winters and hotter drier summers. We are to believe that this Mediterranean weather is what we should expect going forwards and as such, we have been altering our lawncare programmes to adapt. We are aiming to start the main spring nutrition visits from February with a large dose of controlled release fertiliser which will have a prolonged but diminishing effect for many months. This will mean that we make use of the moisture available in early spring but as we get to the dryer weather experienced in recent years, we can then top up with lighter levels of liquid fertilisers which are much kinder to the plants and prevent scorch but maintain a good quality lawn.
Currently, with the soil this wet, there is little we can do that involves penetrating the soil such as aeration as this will cause more harm than good, but we aim to get started with aeration as soon as conditions allow. After this amount of rain, soils will be very compact and aeration will be very beneficial so if you want our lawn aerated, please let me know.
We are still operating one man per van and avoiding contact where possible. Regrettably, we are still not able to help customers where we have to pass through their property which concerns us, but we really hope that will change soon and we will re-evaluate that situation as soon as rules change.
Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon. Any queries, please let me know.