lawn care


Following the dry and warm Autumn, we have had a dry winter. Because the roots of grass are seldom deeper than 3” this is not an immediate threat to grass condition. However, we have taken core samples as recently as January 2019 and found the soil to be very compacted and bone dry just a few inches under some lawns.

The Autumn weather was generally fine and DRY, with many warm and pleasant days.

In short it was a lovely Autumn – unless restoration of soil hydration was a priority. For many lawns the extension of dry summer weather into late Autumn was not welcome or helpful. On many lawns there were areas of `persistent dry patch` which prevented full recovery of grass that was deeply stressed from the summer heatwave and drought.

Since we last wrote about the brutal summer weather conditions and their effect on our Lawns we have had some useful rain and a helpful drop in temperatures. We have not all had equal rainfall, but across most of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex we are finding that the soil under most Lawns is now damp enough to support some re growth and recovery.

Recovery is happening on most Lawns to some extent. The variation in rates of recovery remains large. As we suspected those that went into the hot/dry weather mown short have fared the worst. Lawns with high levels of soil compaction and grass areas with little shade are also recovering more slowly. This latter group is the one where we are finding the highest instances of Persistent dry patch. These are areas of soil which have become hydrophobic and have so far not absorbed enough moisture to allow grass recovery.