Category Archives: Lawn care

Dollar Spot

With a bit of time to kill over some annual leave I thought I’d carry out a review of dollar spot, focusing on the UK. A small patch disease which can spread to form larger irregular areas.  It is common on warm-season turfgrasses, especially Bermuda Grasses, and also occurs on cool-season turfgrasses. This used to be a fairly uncommon to rare disease in the UK, however, with the intensification of turf maintenance practices, improving standards, changing working practices (for example,

Moss and its control in turf

Moss: A low growing plant found in many different situations. Moss is particularly prevalent in turf surfaces that are shaded and damp, which can be typical of many lawns, as well as those that are neglected or have not had the correct type of maintenance for the lawn conditions. With there being some 600 plus species of moss in the UK, it can be found growing almost anywhere: wet or dry soil, acid or alkaline soils, compacted or more open

Weeds

You might love them, as they are wild flowers, hate them, as they can make a lawn (or sports surface) look very unsightly if present in large numbers, or just tolerate them. Weeds, what are they though? A definition An undesirable plant. Sometimes the wording ‘growing in an unwanted place’ is added to a definition, but this doesn’t really add any extra value to the meaning, because it is still undesirable at the end of the day. Weeds can be

Chafer Grub Control

Currently there is no chemical of last resort to help control chafer grubs which have exceeded the desired threshold for a particular turf surface. The threshold is a quantity above which unacceptable damage would occur and this is a subjective opinion in many cases, although there will be a figure (depending upon the species concerned) above which significant damage will be caused. It will, however, vary according to the needs of the user, manager, budget, resources available and quality of

Lawn comparison – 1 year on

With the extreme weather we’ve had this year – extended dry periods and practically no rain through June and July, along with only a little in August, I thought a comparison of my lawn with what it was like exactly one year ago would be useful. The background story for this year for my lawn has been that all that has been done to it is mow at 40mm, with clippings always being boxed off; a few trimmings of the