Lawn update – 27th July

This is a log of the previous 3 weeks of lawn work. The early part of this period saw very dry and hot weather with it turning to heavy rain and cooler over this past week.

7th July:

  • 1600: Air temp – 22.8C; Soil – 22.7C;
  • Grass height mostly around 55mm; cut height = 40mm;
  • Very small amount of clippings removed after the cut – about 1/8th box only.
Lawn on 7th July

Lawn on 7th July

Drier top part of lawn

Drier top part of lawn

View from upstairs window

View from upstairs window

Trainer on 40mm cut grass

Trainer on 40mm cut grass

I took this last photograph to illustrate what 40mm cut grass looks like in relation to  a trainer, or it could just as easily be a football boot. There does seem a desire to cut football pitches as short as possible, but this has a detrimental impact on root growth. At basic grass roots level the grass can easily be cut at 40mm, if not higher and have minimal impact on player perception of ‘grass being around my ankles’ as clearly this doesn’t match the visual data of the picture above.

The next photograph shows a football sitting up nicely on 40mm cut grass.

Football on 40mm cut grass

Football on 40mm cut grass

14th July:

  • 1600: Air temp – 19.5C; Soil – 18.2C;
  • Grass height range from 60mm – 80mm; cut height = 40mm;
  • About 1/4th box of clippings at the most.

Steady drizzle of rain all day on Wednesday 12th July.

 

20th July:

  • 1600: Air temp – 18.8C; Soil – 19.4C;
  • Grass height range from 40mm – 60mm;; cut height = 40mm;
  • About 1/3rd box of clippings.
  • Rain overnight and then from 0930 to up to mid-day.
  • A few weeds are trying to get established.

25th July:

  • 1230: Air temp – 21.9C; Soil – 16.8;
  • Grass height range mostly from 55mm – 65mm, some outliers to 95mm; cut height = 40mm;
  • About 1/3rd box of clippings.
  • Some weed growth developing.
  • Annual meadow grass seed heads present in some areas.
Lawn on 25th July

Lawn on 25th July

Annual Meadow Grass seed heads

Annual Meadow Grass seed heads

Dandelion leaves pushing through

Dandelion leaves pushing through

 

Chris Gray, 27th July 2017