Lawn Care – Mowing

Regular mowing is an easy way to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy and to make it more appealing for outdoor entertaining. When mowing the grass, we essentially mimic the effect of grazing, which stimulates the grass to grow more strongly from the base.  Keep the blades on your lawn mower properly adjusted and sharpened. Don’t mow your lawn too short, as this will cause weak grass. It’s better to cut little and often. If you are on holiday, cut the lawn as normal before you go. Don’t cut the grass when it is wet, or when the soil is waterlogged. Never cut the grass in frosty conditions. Don’t mow a newly seeded lawn until the grass reaches about 5cm (2 inches) in height and only cut 50% its length. Don’t compost grass clippings treated with weed killer.

Feeding and Conditioning

Feeding your lawn is the key to establishing healthy, green grass. Ideally lawn feed should be used regularly as part of your lawn maintenance program. By doing this, the lawn will become thicker and greener and unwelcome weeds and moss are less likely to take hold.

At McGaugh’s we stock a wide range of lawncare products.  During the Spring,  we recommend feed your lawn with Aftercut All in One, which will feed and condition your lawn, as well as getting rid of weeds and moss. During late Spring and Summer, feed your lawn with Aftercut 3 Day Green every 3-4 weeks to keep your grass in tip top condition. Simply apply granules after mowing. This contains balanced nitrogen to prevent scorching and keep grass green and in top condition. Added Potash, Iron and Magnesium help to create a hard wearing lawn that suppresses weeds and moss. This will also protect against hot, dry weather, as a well-prepared lawn that has been properly fed and treated is better able to withstand and recover from drought.

Moss Control

Moss is an unwelcome to the lawn enthusiast.  Use an all in one lawn feed, weed & moss killer to increase nutrient levels and kills off moss.The Aftercut All in One contains enough product to treat an area of 100m2 and will deliver the perfect even flow of granules to kill moss without scorching your lawn. After 2-3 weeks the moss will have gone black. Remove the dead moss from the grass by scarifying with a spring tine rake. Do not do this until the moss is dead or you will simply spread the problem around. Once you’ve killed and removed the moss you will be left with bare patches of lawn. It’s essential that you grow new healthy grass over these patches to avoid them being overgrown by moss again. Moss is caused by a combination of moisture in your lawn and weak grass.

Moss needs moisture to spread, so you’re more likely to suffer from a moss problem in shady areas or in wetter seasons like spring or autumn. The following steps will help you prevent moss from appearing. Keep your lawn in tip top condition by feeding regularly with Aftercut All in One. Thin out over-hanging trees to prevent shade on your lawn and re-seed any bare patches.

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