I moved into my first house last year and have been trying to make my
lawn as good as possible. I think the sod used wasn't ideal so I'd like
to make the best of it. Some areas need reseeding in autumn due to
leatherjacket beetles last year and tall fescue weeds growing so I have
My grass is apparently made from the following mix:
30% dwarf amenity rye
20% smooth stalked meadow
30% slender creeping red fescue
20% chewings fescue
1) what is the ideal cutting height for a mix like this? I just cut at
6cm because I'm unsure.
2) when I reseed, should I try to match the original mix or use it as an
opportunity to put down some better seed? If I bought something with a
similar but not identical mix, would that be a problem?
-Bristol area of the UK.
-Happy to dedicate up to 6 hours per week to lawn care.
-Happy to spend money on good seeds etc
-anything else you may want to know to help?
Thanks for the help guys
On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 10:25:06 PM UTC-4, houser85 wrote:
That height should be fine. When in doubt, it's always better to
err on the side of higher. If you're just going to reseed some
spots that didn't take, you should use the same or similar mix.
If you use something different, then you can wind up with obvious
differences, visible, where one area has a different color, texture,
grows faster, etc.
> lawn as good as possible. I think the sod used wasn't ideal so I'd like
> to make the best of it. Some areas need reseeding in autumn due to
> leatherjacket beetles last year and tall fescue weeds growing so I have
> some questions.
> 6cm because I'm unsure.
> opportunity to put down some better seed? If I bought something with a
> similar but not identical mix, would that be a problem?
It seems to me that you have chosen a good general purpose seed mixture
which should perform well and create a good quality lawn.
I would say you are mowing a bit too high and would recommend a height
of 3-4 cm once established. The key to a healthy lawn is regular
mowing, at least once or twice per week and remember to make sure your
blade is sharp!
In cool, damp climates, close mowing works just fine. It provides a
more manicured/finished look. It keeps the turf drier, which reduces
the risk of fungal diseases, but it does tend to encourage weed seeds
to sprout and grow.
Here in the midwestern US, we generally mow short in cool damp weather
and tall in hot or dry weather.
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