Lawn update – December 5th

Not much activity over November and very little happening at the moment. The last cut was on 3rd November, a full month ago, and the grass height now averaged 55mm in height (it mostly ranged from 50mm-60mm) so an average growth of just 15mm over 30, or so, days. So, for this time of year we are seeing growth reduced to an average of 0.5mm per day, which with just 9 hours of light per day and combined with relatively cold temperatures, this is probably typical.

Leaves on lawn

Leaves on lawn

Keeping leaves off the lawn but a light raking with a springbok metal tined rake, in contrast to a plastic tined leaf rake, helps to not just remove leaves but will also help remove any dead or loose grass leaves and stems to keep the lawn surface more open and healthier. Just 5-minutes to cover the lawn of 25m2.

Surface soil casts from earthworms are neatly dispersed with the metal tined rake as well; assuming the work is carried out when the lawn is dry.

Leaves raked up

Leaves raked up

Close up of lawn raking

Close up of lawn raking

In December the lawn could do with some forking to help aerate the soil, but I’ll have to see how this pans out.

I might carry out a single cut of the lawn just to avoid the grass becoming a bit long, especially as it’s almost at the height where 1/3rd of the leaf would be removed if the height of cut is to stay at 40mm, which it is.

Over the winter the aim is to keep the lawn surface clear of debris, disperse earthworm casts to avoid them smothering some of the lawn, and carry out forking to aid drainage, especially on heavier soils. If the weather is dry then incorporating a sand, or sandy soil, into the fork holes will also be beneficial to help create a drier lawn surface.

Chris Gray, 5th December 2017