Our lawns have had a lot to put up with in the last year. Many have endured months of what seemed like endless rain. Then covered in snow for large periods of March. Now they are having to cope with no rain and baking temperatures.
So, what can be done to help our lawns during another stressful time?
Can the lawn be treated? Will it work? What if you can’t water your lawn or if you can when and how much should you give it? When will it rain again?
The answers to all of these questions and more (we might struggle with the last one) are here.
Yes, we can. The fertiliser GreenThumb use is specially coated to protect the lawn during dry conditions. Once applied it will lie dormant until there is sufficient moisture to aid release. The lawn food is then released into the soil or root zone.
No, it is not necessary to water the fertiliser in. Of course, since grass is made up of 93% water, it appreciates watering.
Absolutely not. The coating on the fertiliser keeps the important macro nutrient wrapped up until it gets sufficient moisture, so there is no damage to the lawn from the fertiliser. When it is possible watering or better still rainfall, helps the fertiliser to feed the grass to give you a great lawn.
Our fertilisers have been manufactured to deal with hot dry conditions. Most fertilisers for lawns on the market either have little or no coating. These ‘open’ fertilisers must be watered into the soil otherwise they scorch the lawn. GreenThumbs Nutragreen feeds only release their nutrients when it rains or is watered. Not all lawn treatments are the same, even if they look similar.
The fertiliser will lay dormant until it receives sufficient moisture. So, it just sits there waiting for the rain.
If you have the treatments then the fertiliser is in place for when the rains come, this is very important in speeding up the recovery. If you miss the treatment, and there is no fertiliser to assist with recovery, it will take much longer to recover.
If you are looking at an inferior product which is what the gardener is likely looking at, then yes, he is right. Our Nutragreen fertilisers have been manufactured for these situations. So, if he was talking about our fertilisers he was wrong. Applying the GreenThumb Nutragreen fertilisers are the best course of action with the dry weather we currently have.
Weed control is challenging during these conditions if the lawn is not being watered. The herbicide will still work on weeds that are active, helping with control and keeping the numbers at bay. So, if your weeds are still growing (photosynthesising) and many are, they will be controlled by our treatment this time of the year. However, it will probably take a little longer than usual.
There are many factors which affect the answer to this question but as an average:
By following the guidance offered by GreenThumb: have the Nutragreen Treatment, water the lawn (if possible), and consider the Oasis Treatment.
The main one which can be very clear would be Dry Patch, this is when the soil has become hydrophobic (the soil repels any water). This should be treated with a programme using Oasis and possibly a soil fungicide. Making some holes in the area where the patch is and then treating is the best way forward, then watering it until grass has returned to the areas. Depending on what the temperatures do there is also a strong possibility of Red Thread which can also be clearly visibly and relatively easy to identify.
Yes. Weeds often do appear more active after a period of dry weather. With the dry weather dormant weed seeds are blown in the breeze and likely land onto your lawn. When the rains arrive, they germinate. Often, we have seen lawns which were weed free before a dry weather period become ‘weedy’ once again. However, we are aware of this and will ensure that post dry weather treatments will control them.
The key to help with recovery is to prepare in advance, this can be achieved by using all the treatments we offer along with a regular watering programme if this is possible.
Take a look at this page: https://www.greenthumb.co.uk/treatments/oasis-treatment
If the grass is dry and not growing do not mow it. If there is some growth or it looks unsightly with tufts of growth here and there then only trim the tops of the leaf try and keep the height to 50mm (2”). This canopy will help to protect the soil, keep it cool and this will help when the rains come.
There is not one answer to this question.
When dry weather affects a lawn some of the finer species are affected first thus leaving you with the rye grasses and possibly some of the coarser grass species still flourishing.
Some areas of soil do dry quicker than other areas particularly if there is a sand content in the soil or there is something beneath the soil making it dry out quicker such as a drain,
Some of the lawn may be in the shade or in a dip and this is keeping it cooler for longer so evaporation is not so extensive in these areas.
When it comes to watering we recommend the following:
Soon we hope! But in the meantime, enjoy the weather and don’t worry about your lawn too much.