Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:47
Spiking CJ? Important. Top dressing?
I have a good lawn.....looking brilliant right now I think.
Years back I wanted the perfect lawn. Fine grass seed, twice or even more cutting a week, hands and knees weedIng out rogue grasses, regular monthly feeds, scarifying in the autumn, lawn grub killer in the autumn, spiking in the autumn, autumn feed, top dressing in early spring and,of course, regular weekly,or twice weekly watering. A cylinder mower and grass mown in alternate directions. Actually mown in 4 directions includIng diagonally. A low cut too to encourage the fine grasses
However, it was bloomin hard work.
I now raise the cut, use a cordless rotary mower, feed in spring with lidls lawn feed, apply lawn weed spot killer. ....dont get many weeds.....water weekly and mow in different directions. I also apply a couple of liquid summer feeds. This autumn I will apply nemarodes for leather jackets and chafers.
The lawn is now easy. I have a lawn at the back too that is treated similarly but not so fastidiously. They are lawns to play on, to sit on, for the dog to lie on (he doesnt foul it at all) and a lawn to set off my plantIng.
I would never apply lawn feed in the sunshine....in the evening if I can......and never rely on rain to fall. I immediately water it in. I would not use feed n weed on dry soil either.
Not sure about the PH levels for grass. Always assumed not too acid or too alkaline ...mine is neutral.......would be fine.