Lawn update – 29th June – part a

Well, 2-weeks from the previous update – actually on the 11th June – and with the weather being very hot and dry for nearly all of this time (except for a small amount of rain over the past 2 days) grass growth and productivity slowed significantly.

I’ve split this update into two parts due to the number of photographs.

13th June:

  • Soil temp: 19.2C; Air temp: 18.7C (time data taken 1915)
  • Grass height before mowing – mostly 55mm, some 50mm rarely to 70mm.
  • Cut height 40mm; about 1/5th of a box of clippings.
  • Scalped a small area at the edge of the lawn.
  • Lawn edged as well.

The scalped area was lightly forked and then covered with a small amount of grass clippings (known as ‘groundsmans paint’) to make it look good and aid recovery. This area was lightly watered afterwards as well.

Lawn mown on13th June

Lawn mown on13th June

Scalped lawn

Scalped lawn

Forking of damaged area

Forking of damaged area

Groundsmans paint

Groundsmans paint

16th June:

  • Soil temp: 21.7C; Air temp: 22.2C (time data taken 1730)
  • Grass height before mowing – mostly 55mm, range 50mm to 60mm.
  • Cut height 40mm; about 1/5th of a box of clippings.
  • Very dry with no rain for several days.
Lawn mown on16th June

Lawn mown on16th June

20th June:

  • Grass height before mowing – mostly 60mm, some to 80mm, rarely to 90mm.
  • Cut height 40mm;
  • Some areas starting to stress from the dryness and heat.
  • The bottom half of the lawn is much greener than the top quarter of the lawn.

Annual meadow grass seed heads are prominent in some areas of the lawn. This is a typical response from the annual grass to dry stressful conditions – essentially it is aiming to reproduce by seed as vegetatively it is struggling and will probably die out, so it wants to ensure its survival.

Lawn mown on 20th June

Lawn mown on 20th June

Dry area at top of lawn

Dry area at top of lawn

Annual meadow grass (Poa annua)

Annual meadow grass (Poa annua)

Scalped area on 20thJune after 7-days

Scalped area after 7-days

Chris Gray, 29th June 2017