Lawn update 1st and 4th July

1st July – routine maintenance continues on my lawn; still looking good ,especially with no artificial watering at all.

0930 – very few weeds on the lawn, mostly young ones – clover and dandelion, but just a few so I’m continuing with hand weeding as this shows how effective it can be if carried out routinely and without the need for pesticide applications.

The grass height was mostly 60mm, although some – very few – had put a burst on and were measured at 100mm, so it just shows that even the micro-ecology and climate of a small lawn affects the grass growth in different ways.

Air temp: 19.8C; Soil temp: 16.1C.

The grass was cut at 40mm, with about 1/3rd of a box of clippings removed. The grass was lightly damp prior to being cut.

The lawn was also edged as it had become untidy.

Lawn 1st July

Lawn 1st July

Lawn to be edged

Lawn to be edged

Trimmed edge

Trimmed edge

Recovery of scalped lawn

Recovery of scalped lawn

White Clover

White Clover

Close up of Clover runners showing how they spread in a lawn

Close up of Clover runners showing how they spread in a lawn

Dandelion taproot

Dandelion taproot

This dandelion taproot was carefully removed from my border. It illustrates, quite well, how deep these roots can go within a lawn and why they will often stay green (because they are exploiting the soil much deeper than grass roots) when grass is often droughted and browning off in dry weather.

Lawn on 4th July

Most of the grass height was measured at between 45mm and 55mm, with a few rare lengths at 75mm; the grass was cut at 40mm. The clippings removed were about 1/4 of a box at the most.

1300: Soil temp: 18.8C; Air temp: 21.3C

Light rain in the morning – very fine, only a small amount though.

The lawn is starting to become more noticeably brown towards the top of the lawn (although this isn’t obvious when standing at the bottom of the lawn), although still reasonably green over most of it.

Lawn 4th July

Lawn 4th July

Chris Gray, 16th July 2017