Category Archives: Lawn care

Leatherjackets in your turf – Don’t panic

With the daddy long-legs (Tipula paludosa) having laid their eggs over the summer time, the eggs will now have hatched, having then turned into larvae, and will be readily eating away at the base of grasses and grass roots. “They can be active at temperatures as low as 5°C (Blackshaw, 1992) and so can continue to feed during periods of mild weather in winter. They become more active and feed voraciously in the spring when the soil begins to warm. When fully

Work with nature, not against it

A successful turf surface is one where the groundsman or greenkeeper works with nature, not against it. What I mean by this is that we must nurture nature by understanding ecological processes and the impacts maintenance activities and weather conditions have on these processes. Don’t try and force grass to grow (making it weak, more susceptible to disease and easier to wear and be kicked out of a surface) by applying an incorrect fertiliser or with a late in the year fertiliser application just

Lawn update – 3rd November

Autumn is well underway with tree leaves coming off in abundance, but winter is also creeping up as we have had some cold winds, yet temperatures have been fairly mild (but not for long periods as daylight hours are now shortening significantly) in the main. This is essentially keeping the grass leaf growing when it should ideally be starting to slow its growth and store much needed food in its roots (or stolons / rhizomes if present) ready for overwintering. You will

Lawn update – October

Unfortunately my mum passed away on 16th October so the desire to think about blog articles has been reduced somewhat. Whilst the temperature is relatively mild for the time of year, the light levels are reducing significantly and temperatures are dropping for grass growth. Just two cuts during October so far, I might get a light topping in before the end of the month but there again it might wait until early November. Sunday October 8th, 12:30: Air temp: 16.0C

Last lawn mowing for September

Well this was the last cut for September, on the 30th: Soil temp = 16.1C; Air temp = 18.6C (time taken 1630) Grass height mostly 65mm (ranging from 60mm – 75mm): cut again at 40mm Grass was damp for all of the day and wet when cut Moss is creeping back into some areas of the lawn (top part) I also carried out a light hand forking – more of a light stabbing of the fork to maybe 40mm depth