Lawn care aftercare advice. What to do and when.
At Total Lawn Care, we often get asked what we are doing and why. Here is some aftercare advice to help guide you through the lawn care year.
Scarifying. Before we come to scarify, (and after the moss treatment) we kindly ask if you would cut the grass no more that 3 days before we have arranged to come. The grass is to be cut as low as possible with the mower.(making sure the clippings are collected and removed from the lawn) After scarifying, Please carry on cutting the grass as you normally would. (we recommend weekly, keeping the hight of the mower up a notch from your usual hight, until the lawn has greened up.)
After scarifying. In the case that the weather turns dry and hot, after scarifying, then we recommend that the lawns are watered. at least once if not twice a week, just to help the grass recover from the scarification process. The recovery of a scarified lawn can take around 10 weeks, or longer if no water is applied in times of drought.
Weed Treatment on lawns. We kindly ask that you refrain from cutting the grass 5 days before and 5 days after the lawns are treated with our weed killer. Also it is recommended that the grass clippings are not composted for the following 3 grass cuts. (Please note that the weeds can take up to as many as 4 weeks before they are dead and even longer for them to wither away.) Shortly after the weed treatment has been administered it is normal to see the weeds grow at a faster rate, this is due to the weeds trying to defend against the chemicals. For this reason many people assume that the treatment has not worked. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the weeds to die off. Dont worry if we have missed a patch, as we will be checking each lawn when we visit at the end of the summer for step 4 in our 5 step perfect lawn plan.
After re-seeding patches in the lawn. Please water the areas each day. Preferably once in the morning and once again in the evening. Making sure that the areas don’t become flooded and wash the seed into clumps. It is best to use a sprinkler that has a fine jet of water. Please ask if your in any doubt as to weather your sprinkler is adequate. (Please note, that once Surrey total lawn care ltd has left site, it is the responsibility of the customer to water the seeded or scarified areas, as recommended in this statement. If areas of seed do not germinate, then a second application of seed may have to be applied and the cost may have to be paid by the customer.)
After turf laying. We would suggest that the new turf is thoroughly watered as soon as the turf is laid, and watering should continue every day until the turf has rooted. At this stage, the frequency of watering can be reduced, unless hot weather is present. In this case, make sure the turf is watered so that it doesn’t shrink and curl at the edges. (Please note, After Surrey total lawn care ltd has left site, it is the customers responsibility to make sure the areas turfed are watered. Any damage caused by lack of care and repaired by us, may incur a charge.)
Grass cutting. Dont be tempted to wait 2 weeks between cuts, then cut the grass very short. All that you will do is stress the grass and promote it to grow even faster. It is better practice to cut weekly and to leave the grass at around 1 and a half to 2 inches in length (3.5 to 5 cm). In times of drought, we advise that you raise the hight of the mower to allow the grass to grow longer. This will help the grass to stay green for longer. If in doubt ask a member of our team. Watering just once a week can be enough to stop the grass browning off. But if it does turn brown, don’t worry, as it will always come back. (However, this will promote thatch in the lawn and could also invite diseases like Red Thread .) We can help get your lawn back with a specially blended lawn feed, and plenty of water.
If you have any other questions, or need advice, then please contact us.