West Carlston Garden Centre, Campsie Road, Torrance, Glasgow G64 4EZ, Tel: 01360 620248
 

Lawn information
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- The Problems - The Solutions - Cutting - Watering -
Sowing/Repairing - Feed, Weed & Mosskill
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THE PROBLEMS
Without feeding, lawns can be a sorry sight, especially after a wet Spring when most of the reserves of nutrients have been washed from the surface soil by heavy rains. To get your lawn back to a tip-top condition it needs a rich food that will help it to grow green and strong, developing a thick, lush texture that is a delight to look at.

Look for a feed that's high in nitrogen to encourage lush, green growth. EverGreen Complete has a high content of nitrogen for extra greening power. It's quick and easy to apply and gives triple action results; feeds, weeds and controls moss. For ultimate convenience, some packs come with a ready-to-use lawn spreader so it takes less than 10 minutes to treat the average size back lawn.

The nutrients you sprinkle over your grass don't have to be man-made chemicals, instead you can feed your lawn with EverGreen Organic Choice Lawn Food. The big box contains enough nutrients to feed an average sized lawn of 80 sq m using 100% recycled or naturally occurring materials. Your lawn will turn greener in just 7 days and stay that way for several weeks while it's encouraged to grow thick and lush.

THE SOLUTIONS
A good Lawn is the centre piece of any garden and it isn't difficult to achieve.

The Main steps are:

  • Regular cutting but not too heavy.
  • Regular edging and raking out of any Moss
  • Feed twice a year, late Spring and mid Summer, with a good quality Weed, Feed & Mosskiller
  • Apply a good Autumn Feed, containing Mosskiller, every Autumn

Grass grows constantly throughout the season and therefore consumes more minerals than almost any other plant so feeding is essential to replace those minerals lost from the soil.

Moss has become a major problem for Lawns in recent years as it can grow and reproduce faster than grass - hence the need to apply a Mosskiller regularly.

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SPLASH OUT ON SOME LAWN FOOD

To prevent perids of drought turning grass brown, water and feed your lawn as necessary. For best results spike the lawn with a garden fork so that water gets straight to the roots. Next feed the grass with either Miracle-Gro Lawn Food dissolved in a watering can or a bottle of Miracle-Gro liquafeed for Lawns applied using a LiquaFeed hose-end device

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Lawn Cutting


MowerLawns are one of the most intensive and time consuming areas of maintenance in a garden, but the rewards of a well kept lawn are great. In the summer months healthy grass grows vigorously and will need cutting around once a week, and care must be taken not to cut the length too short. Following the simple rules below can help bring out the best in your lawn and help keep work to a minimum - "little and often" is better than a"blitz" when visitors come!

1. Cut regularly
Cut the grass as often as you are able to. Mowing encourages thicker growth, the development of fine grasses, eliminates coarse grasses, and deters flowering and seeding of weeds. The chart below is a good indication of the schedule of grass cutting you should adhere to under normal seasonal conditions.

Yearly mowing schedule  
March Every 2 weeks
April Every 10 days
May - August At least once a week
September - October Every 10 days
November - December - February Top off if weather is mild and grass continues to grow

2. Adjust the height
Never give the lawn a close shave. It should be long enough to remain healthy but short enough to be visually pleasing. Here are some optimum heights for different lawn types.
Do not mow more than a third of the height of the grass in one cut.

Lawn type
Early Apring, Autumn, periods of drought
Late spring and summer
Multi Purpose Lawn
3cm (1.5")
2.5cm (1.0")
Ornamental Lawn
2cm (0.75")
1.5cm (0.5")

3. Trim the edges
Trimming around the lawn gives a sharp edge that is very pleasing to the eye. You can buy a half moon edging iron that should only be used once or twice a year. At other times use long-handled edging shears to maintain a neat appearance every time you mow.

4. Sharpen the blades
Have the blades of your mower sharpened at least once a year - you'll be surprised what a difference a sharp blade makes.


Lawn Feeding:

Lawns need feeding more than any other plant in the garden. After all we are constantly cutting them - most plants don't get pruned at all, some once a year - but none get cut as often as grass.
We recommend the Evergreen Range of Lawn Foods.
Some will even kill the weeds in your lawn and some will even kill the moss as well!
Some will even do all three!
See Lawn Weed 'n' Feed 'n' Mosskill for more information on the variety of Lawn Chemicals.

Lawn Watering


Most lawns need regular rain to replace the moisture that grass draws from the soil. Most lawns can survive a couple of weeks without rain, but after this period you will notice symptoms of stress - grass may turn silvery blue and turf will look flat as the grass wilts and loses its natural springy nature. To avoid these problems, here’s what to do...

1. Prick the surface

If the lawn is baked hard then water will tend to run off the surface rather than soak into the soil. To prevent this from happening prick the surface all over with a garden fork.

2. Keep to the law

Hose pipe bans restrict watering potential, even if you are not metered. Stay within the law as fines can be heavy. Resourceful gardeners have water butts to store rain water and use bath water and other waste sources to keep lawns looking good.

3. Water thoroughly

During a drought water the lawn thoroughly once a week rather than giving light sprinklings every day. Water at a cool time of the day, either late at night or early morning.

4. Adding nutrients while watering

EverGreen liquid and soluble lawn care products that feed, weed or kill moss can be added to your watering can and applied at the same time as you water your lawn. As they are diluted with water, EverGreen lawn foods get to work quickly. For example, when the weather is fair and the soil is moist, EverGreen Complete Soluble will make the grass richer and greener the day after application.

Miracle Gro and sweet peas

Don't be weedy

If clover, dandelions and daisies are ruining the look of your lawn, Verdone Extra will see them off without harming the grass. For large areas use the concentrate and apply through a watering can or pressure sprayer. If there are only a few lawn weeds to treat, the Ready To Use gun is a useful spot weeder.


Lawn Weeding

Good management of the lawn including regular feeding and correct mowing will encourage a thicker, greener lawn vigorous enough to repel serious invasion by weeds. However seeds will blow in from other areas and bird droppings will also contain weed seeds.

Getting rid of lawn weeds isn’t a matter of digging them out. Thankfully scientists have developed selective weedkillers that kill weeds without harming the grass. So there’s no excuse for a lawn full of dandelions, daisies, buttercups and white clover. Treating the average sized lawn (100 sq.m) with a lawn treatment such as EverGreen Complete takes only 10 minutes and will cost less than £10 to feed, weed and control moss in one simple application.

Verdone Extra RangeProblem weeds?

Some small leaved weeds such as lesser trefoil and black medick are not easily controlled with standard weed and feed lawn treatments. However they can be easily killed with either Verdone Extra or Verdone Extra Ready To Use. Simply spray on and they wilt and die in just a few weeks.

Tip: For maximum weed control apply liquid lawn weedkillers halfway between mowings. Wait three or four days after mowing before application and leave a similar time after treatment before mowing again.


Lawn Seeding/Repairing

Types of grass seed

First decide on the type of lawn you want and how you will use the area. You can then choose the correct seed mixture that will perfectly match your lifestyle and your garden. click here for more info on the different types of grass seed.
EverGreen Grass Seed mixtures are blended from purpose bred sports turf grass varieties tested by the Sports Turf Research Institute. The mixtures have a unique formula that contains Headstart® to improve germination. EverGreen Grass Seed is treated with bird repellent to make it less palatable to birds.

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New Lawn:
Measure the area to be seeded and buy the amount of grass seed you need.
Mark out the area of the new lawn generously - it is eaier to cut out out excess lawn than to add new lawn later!
Preferably turn over the soil with a fork to beak up the soil.
Remove any dead grass, weeds or moss.
If the surace isn't level rake the soil back and forth till it is level, or as near level as practical
Using your feet, gently tread on the soil to compact it (but not too much!)
Rake the soil again to level it.
If you can repeat this 2 or 3 times so much the better.
Scatter the required amount of grass seed on the area of your new lawn.
Water regularly if there is no rain.

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LAWN REPAIR KIT

Lawn Repair: Scratch the surface to be repaired with a lawn rake to beak up the soil and remove any dead grass or moss. If the patch surace isn't level fill in with some soil or turf dressing. Gently tread on the patch but don't compact it too much. If this lowers the level of the patch add more soil or turf dressing.
Scatter the required amount of grass seed on the area to be patched.

EverGreen Grass Seed mixtures are blended from purpose bred sports turf grass varieties tested by the Sports Turf Research Institute. The mixtures have a unique formula that contains Headstart® to improve germination. EverGreen Grass Seed is treated with bird repellent to make it less palatable to birds.

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EverGreen Multi Purpose Grass Seed

For hard-wearing lawns this mixture contains a blend of dwarf and fine-leaved ryegrass. This mixture provides a dense cover with good resistance to wear and tear caused by children, pets or heavy foot traffic. Click here for further details.

EverGreen Shady Lawn Grass Seed

For lawns that are shaded by trees or buildings. This is blended without ryegrass and uses specially selected hard Fescues and Browntop Bent ideal for shady conditions. Click here for further details.

EverGreen Fine Lawn Grass Seed

For fine ornamental lawns. This mixture contains a blend of fine-leaved grasses such as Fescues and Browntop Bent without ryegrass.


I hope you find these information sheets helpful as a basic guide.

(How to make a lawn, repair one, and lay turf)
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