Lawn update – 31st July

 

Another month coming to a close and over the past week there has been a significant amount of rain to help water my lawn, which is looking decidedly green of late.

Saturday 29th July was the last cut and trim of my lawn for the month.

  • 1700: Air temp = 20.1C; Soil temp = 19.6C
  • Grass height measured at mostly between 50mm – 65mm, with a few longer areas scattered about. Unlike some previous mowings there was little if any grass below 50mm in height, with most being at around the 60mm mark.
  • With the grass cut at 40mm this resulted in half a box of clippings.

Before I cut the grass I gave it a light raking to raise up lateral growth, annual meadow grass seed heads and side ways growing weeds – not that there were many of those in the lawn.

Light rake of lawn before mowing

Light rake of lawn before mowing

Annual meadow grass seed head

Annual meadow grass seed head

Raised leaf of weed after light raking

Raised leaf of weed after light raking

A slight lack of attention led to a small edge of the lawn being slightly scalped – drat!

Scalped lawn edge

Scalped lawn edge

After mowing the lawn I edged it and weeded the adjacent borders, and also hand weeded the lawn of a few weeds so it appeared weed free afterwards.

Edged lawn

Edged lawn

The whole activity took just 30 minutes from getting the mower out to putting everything away afterwards and locking the shed.

Lawn after being cut on 29th July

Lawn after being cut on 29th July

That’s four and a half of months of detailed recording of the work carried out on my lawn, as well as a range of other factors. Just 2 more months of strong growth and then at the end of September I will carry out a detailed assessment of the lawn to see how it compares with that from early March.

The plan for August is for continued regular mowing, a possible light fertiliser application towards the end of the month to help the grass  develop following the end of summer renovation I have planned (August bank holiday time): This will be a medium forking to about 100mm depth, a light scarifying of the surface, possible hollow-tining of a few soft areas, a light top-dressing of a washed silver sand (I think these are about £4 per 20kg bag) – I think a maximum of 2 kg/m2 as well as an overseeding with a predominantly perennial ryegrass seed – probably at around 17g/m2. I will probably keep the mower set to 40mm as this is still a good height for over the autumn and winter time.

Plenty to still look forward to.

Chris Gray, 31st July 2017