It’s just been a matter of keeping on top of the grass growth with regular mowing over the past 14 days.
The lawn has been cut at 40mm on 1st, 4th, 9th and 11th June; so 4 times over a period of 14 days, although if I went back an extra day to the 28th May when it was also cut then, so this would be 5 cuts in 15-days.
Temperature data taken on those days:
- 1st: 1500: Air temp = 17.5C, Soil temp = 16.5C
- 4th: not taken
- 9th: 1500: Air temp = 20.5C, Soil temp = 17.9C
- 11th: 1500: Air temp = 19.7C, Soil temp = 19.5C
The length of the grass prior to each cut on the days was:
- 1st: mostly 55mm – 60mm, some up to 80mm
- 4th: commonest height was 60mm; ranged from 45mm to 75mm height
- 9th: mostly 60mm; some to 80mm
- 11th: 50mm to no more than 60mm; (about 1/4 of a box of clippings was removed)
Pictures after lawn cut on each of the days:
(Within 7 days from last being trimmed the lawn is ready for another trim with the hand shears – so this will need to be planned in)
Action plan for the next 7-days:
- Priority – to make sure I trim the lawn edge;
- Mow – aim for 3 cuts, every other day to see effect on grass height prior to actual mowing; so Tuesday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon (weather permitting of course).
Except for the clump of field woodrush at the top end of the lawn, the amount of weeds is negligible, whilst sward colour is still good and the surface evenness of the lawn is also good (primarily due to the heavy top-dressing carried out in April).
Chris Gray, 11th June 2017