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I run a garden maintenance services in norfolk we have had a mild winter compare to some in the country i must say i cut my last lawn at the end of november 2011 thinking thats it till march how wrong i was as on the 9th of jan 2012 the lawnmower came out of the shed and cut the lawns of my customers on a high cut then we had snow at begin of feb now again at end of feb i got the lawnmower out and cut the lawns agian and since then have been cutting slowly lowering the deck of mower i notice on firday that the houseing trust have been and cut the lawns near my house and they are looking very pooorly what am adviseing to anyone we should not say you only cut between march and october as it makes harder work for first cut and takes awhile to recover cutting throuh the winter taking alittle of and just when you can helps you alot when weather permits and keeps garden looking tidy through winter
vjh1973 wrote (see)
Is it too late to mow a lawn with very long grass? If I did would the grass die? I live in the North East of England.
No-grass wont die
It has probably stopped growing now-when the temperature drop to around 8-10C it tends to come to a stop.
You can cut if you want to-just not too short-blades set high-not if it is too wet or frosty-just a matter of picking the right moment
I live in the North East as well, Middlesbrough in fact, I cut my grass the 2nd week in November before all the rains came but it's slowed down a lot now with the cold weather so will be Spring before the next one.
sterelitza wrote (see)
I would like some advice on feeding the lawn in spring. In the past I have spread feed and weed all over the grass in spring but have had black patches and then holes appearing in the grass. What have I done wrong and how should I cope with feeding this year. I have not touched the grass yet as it is too cold but the grass is growing and looks untidy. Thanks.
I'd guess your black patches are where the feed n weed has killed off the moss so rake that out and in time the grass will come back and you can add a bit of grass seed to help it along. Sometimes if you're a bit heavy handed with the stuff it burns the grass a bit too -been there! You may just need to aereate the lawn and the site of the lawn is important so if it's shady it can have a big effect. Not sure what you mean about holes? Do you just mean bare patches?
Woodli wrote (see)
There's sun shining and I really need to get the grass cut, but there was a thick frost last night and it's still chilly. Will I damage the grass if I cut it now?
Well do not cut if it has frost on it-give it a light trim with the blades set high then gradually lower the blades at each cut over the coming weeks
Never scalp it
Can I please register a vote for dandelions which our parents all taught us to loathe. They are a great source of food for the bees etc. in early summer. It is also a beautiful plant, great flower, reliable, disease free, lovely cut leaf, prolific etc.etc. ...what more do you want in a plant??
Patabee, yellow trefoil often appears after you kill off the other weeds as it colonises the open spaces left. You did the right thing by spraying again with a specific weedkiller.
Hi Fsirygirl, thsnks for your helpful advice snd yes I probably am heavy handed with the spreading and caused bald/bare patches in the grass as a result. (I did mean bare patches). Is there a way of perhaps adding something to the feed mix to thin it out - perhaps some compost of sand? Its lovely and sunny here today but very cold and frosty at night, so when would be the best time to do this?