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Evolution5
25-5-8 20kg
A high quality Spring lawn fertiliser with controlled release for upto 5 months

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Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Weather permitting, the summer is the season to enjoy your lawn to the full.  It can provide you with a perfect green carpet to set off colourful displays of flowers and shrubs or just a place to park your sunbed and soak up the rays.  Like the other seasons though, the lawn needs some special consideration to keep it at its best.
 
Weed Control
A lawn is supposed to be a monoculture – i.e. just grass.  Broad leaved weeds are an ever-present nuisance to the lawn and they should be dealt with before the problem gets too serious
 
 If there are only a few weeds present, these are best dealt with by carefully removing them with a suitable tool.  You can purchase special weed removal tools from the garden centre or hardware shop but for most weeds, I find an old screwdriver is sufficient to loosen the ground and then carefully lift the weed out taking care to get as much root as possible.  Tap rooted weeds such as Dandelion, Cat’s-ear and Docks are fairly easy to remove without leaving any substantial amount of root.  Other weeds such as Plantains and Daises  have a more fibrous root structure and require more care.  Yellow Suckling Clover has trailing stems attached to a central tap root. If you carefully gather all of the stems attached to one plant and loosen the earth next to the root it can be removed fairly cleanly.   White Clover grows in patches so mechanical removal is not practical.
 
‘Vitax Lawn Clear 2 RTU’ is a ready-to-use spot treatment for controlling a wide range of common lawn weeds.  It is ideal for small patches of clover and for spot treating other weeds.  Simply point the nozzle at the weeds and pump the trigger to spray the foliage so that the leaves are just covered with droplets.  Try not to overdo the spraying beyond the point at which the spray runs off the weed leaves,  as this might cause localised scorching of the grass.  Selective weed killers will give the best results when the weeds are actively growing and should not be used in drought conditions.
 
If the weed problem is extensive it may require an overall spray treatment.  You could call in a professional lawn care company to do the work for you or you could purchase an overall selective weed spray from a garden centre.
 
Feeding the lawn
Continue to keep the lawn well-nourished with a suitable spring/summer fertiliser as mentioned in the Spring Lawn Guide.  Summer feeds need to keep the lawn well supplied with nitrogen and potash as these two nutrients are readily depleted in periods of strong growth, especially where the grass clippings are removed. 
 
If you have a suitable sprayer then liquid fertilisers, such as ‘Evolution Pro NPK 15-5-15’, are ideal for getting a quick green up without having to water the product in – great for areas subject to a hose-pipe ban.  Another benefit of using liquid feeds is that it is easier to get an even finish and the amount you apply can be readily varied to suit the changing weather conditions.  Our Evolution Pro Long range of liquid fertilisers, such as ‘Evolution² Pro Long NK 19.0.16’,  are slow release formulations designed to extend the nutrient release period to give up to 8 weeks of plant response from a single application.  The duration of release depends on the rate at which the product is used (high rates last longer) and on the weather conditions (cooler temperatures will extend the release whilst high rainfall will tend to reduce the growth response period due to leaching).  The soil type will also have an influence on the persistence of liquid fertilisers.
 
Localised Dry Patches.
This condition is often caused by the activity of fungi in the soil.  You may have seen small groups of toadstools in the lawn during the autumn and spring.  These fungi are usually there because there are some large fragments of root or other plant material buried in the soil.  The fungi break down this material and can leave behind a wax in the soil that is excreted as a waste product.  Under normal circumstances when there is plenty of moisture in the soil the wax is tolerated by the grass.  However, when dry conditions prevail in summer months, the wax in the soil can prevent water from penetrating to root depth and so we get localised dry patches in the lawn. 
 
Treating Localised Dry Patch – A range of wetting agents is available for this problem.  Wetting agents reduce surface tension and allow water to move through waxy areas in the soil.  We have a simple ‘Spot Treatment wetter’ that enables you to apply a granular wetter directly to the affected area and then water it in to get the dried grass growing normally again.  Similarly, liquid wetting agents such as ‘Aqua-Zorb 45’ can be applied overall to the whole lawn or used for spot treatment.  If you are allowed to use hosepipes for watering,  then the ‘Aqua-Zorb hose-end applicator’ is an ideal way to give extra water to the dry areas while applying wetting agent in the form of a solid pellet inserted in the applicator.  Please note that any wetting agent treatment applied to dry patches can only work if these areas receive extra water to make up the deficiency caused by the wax in the soil.
 
Mowing
The lawn will require a regular cut throughout the summer months.  If the lawn is well fed and watered it may require a weekly cut or even twice weekly if you have been especially generous with the fertiliser!  Unless the lawn is used for croquet or other sports keep the mowing height to between 12 to 25mm (½ to 1”).  In hot dry weather keep the cutting height at the top of this range as the extra leaf length will help to shade the soil and reduce water loss from surface evaporation. 
 
Watering
Where possible keep the lawn adequately watered – it is hard to re-wet dry soil.  It is best to give the lawn a good soaking once or twice a week than to water every day.  Heavy irrigation will move water deeper into the soil and encourage the grass roots to go further down to find it.  Water the lawn after the sun has set in the evening as this will minimise evaporation loss.