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Should you be overseeding your lawn this spring? 

Should you be overseeding your lawn this spring?  | Gardening | Scoop.it
As spring is fast approaching, should you be overseeding your lawn? Learn 4 important aspects you must consider.
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As  Spring  draws for  ever  closer.
This  question no  matter  where  you  are  is  on  your  lips.
"When  is  the  best  time  to  reseed  your  lawn?"
In  My opinion  in  the  late  fall  is  the  best  time  to  get  maximum  germination.
Here  is why  
(1)  There  is  less  competition  with  the  weeds  and  birds  that  would  other wise  feasting  on the  seeds  -  thus  cutting  down  your  cost  
(2) This  gives  the  seeds  more  of  chance  to  set  up  root  system   as  they  is  less  competition producing  a  healthy  sward  
(3) The  ground  should  be  warm  enough  to   produce  germination  
As  for  Aeration  I  agree  with  this  article  here  but  before  you  rush out  and  hire  a  aerator    read  this  article  here  first  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/a-for-aeration/  
You  should  also  scarify  your  lawn  too  before  overseeding  that  why is  it  important  also  to over  seed  in  the  autumn   over  wise  the  moss  will  just  take  over  and  you  are  left  with  a  green  but  spongy  lawn.
If  you  missed  out  on  the  Autumn regime the  best  time  is  in  the  April  when  the  ground  is  warm  and  wet  and  rain  predicted  other  wise  you  have  to  water  water . In  the  parts  of   the  world  like  America  with  their  water  restrictions  this  isn't  practical  and  some  times  illegal           
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How to look after your lawn in winter

How to look after your lawn in winter | Gardening | Scoop.it
How to look after your lawn in winter; the garden never completely hibernates; things still need seeing to.
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Should we cut our grass in winter?

 

I have  been  cutting  grass  now  for   everyone  including   the  public  sector  for over  25  yrs.

And  this  is  the  first  time  I  have  heard  about  this and  its  all  new  to  me. 

I  generally  leave  the  grass now  for  spring  now  and  let  the  grass  recovery.  cause  about  this  time  of  yr  you  shouldn't  really  cut  it  cause  of  the  reasons  :-  

(a)  Over  here  esp  in  the  UK  the  grass  tends  to  too  wet  now  and  efforts  of  cutting  the  grass  will  fruitless -  the  grass  will  either  rip  or  just  be  squashed  flat  by  the  roller

(b) After  the  heavy  rain  and  dew  fall the  heavy  soils  will  be  water  logged  and  just  cake  up  your  mower  esp  now  when  the  nights  are  getting  shorter  the  grass  will  still  be  wet

(c)  With  our  heavy  soils  ( ie  Clay  ) any  walking  on  the  grass  will  only  compact  the  layers  and impede  the  drainage &  finally I  was  told contrary  to  what  this  article  said  is  that  grass  stops  growing when  the  temperature  drops  bellow 50 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

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Turfing or seeding a lawn, which is best?: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice

Turfing or seeding a lawn, which is best?: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice | Gardening | Scoop.it
The process of renovating your lawn from a brown field site is the same up to the finished prepared soil...
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Here  is  an  excellent  guide  on  the  pro  and  cons  of   choosing  your  turf

As  always  preparation  is  all  ways  the  main  issue  which  not  many  of  my  clients  understand 

(1)  you  got  to  remove  the  old  turf  

(2)  then  you  got  to  Rotavator  or  fork  over  the  area

(3)  then  you  got  to  level  it  out  

(4)  then  you  got  to  do what  I  call  the  turf  dance  (  heel  and  toe  )  to  squeeze  the  air  out  or  you  can  pat  it  down  with a  rake  

Then  you  can  either  lay  your  turf   or  sow  your  seeds  -  all  this  takes  time

To  prevent  the  turf  going  yellow  I  only  order  it  when  i  know  the  ground  is  ready  

My  best  advice  is  too  reseed  your small  bare  patches  and  any  bigger  think  of  re-turfing 

Edges  can  remedied  by  simply  cutting  a  square  out  ad  turning  it  around  and  reseeding  the  gap.

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Is the era of the front lawn ending?

Is the era of the front lawn ending? | Gardening | Scoop.it
The era of the lawn in the West is over. That’s what the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University Wisconsin declared to the New York Times in an
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