January lawn care tips

fusariumWith the start of some hard frosts the grass has just stopped growing, but if your grass needs a light trim and we get a good day give it a cut. You will not harm the grass by cutting at this time of year.

Grass left too long – say over 4 inches – will fall over in cold conditions and could lead to grass disease and patches of weak thin grass.

Any remaining leaves should be removed to prevent areas of poor yellow grass under the leaves.

Look out for any small patches of yellowish, dying grass that later turn brown, this could be a fungal disease called fusarium, see the picture opposite. Patches increase in size and may reach 30cm (12in) or more in diameter, often merging together so that large areas can be affected. During wet conditions a white or pinkish, cottony fungal growth may be noticed, particularly at the margins of the patch.

Please contact us if you have any concerns, we can apply a fungicide to control the effects of the disease. 

Have you considered aeration?

aerationAbove is a diagram of the benefits of aeration. It shows increased root growth following the improved conditions following the aeration. New and stronger roots lead to healthier and stronger plants. February/March is a good time to improve the soil structure just before the roots start looking for nutrients.

If you would like to discuss aerating your lawns please do get in touch.

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