I have a lawn of about 300 square metres, which is in reasonable health
except that large areas of it are dominated by really coarse, ugly weed
grasses. I'm 90% sure that the worst offender is "Yorkshire Fog" as it's
known in the UK - a Holcus species.
I'd like to know what lawncare regime I should be following to make life
as difficult as possible for the coarse grasses and encourage the finer
ones - with a view to shifting the balance of power and gradually ending
up with a nicer lawn. None of the books I've found go into much detail
The only thing I've read consistently about Yorkshire Fog is that it
doesn't like being over-grazed - and therefore I've decided to mimic
this by mowing as frequently as I can during this summer: every third
day if possible, mowing at a moderate height (not too short). Will this
Some time in September I plan to spend a weekend scarifying, aerating
and then overseeding with fine grasses. I did this last year in the
spring, but I think I understand now that autumn is better. I also think
I could scarify a bit more aggressively.
So... do you think this regime will have a significant impact on
shifting the balance in favour of the finer grasses?
I don't think I feel brave enough to glyphosate the whole lot and seed
it from scratch. Or is that what I should do?
- posted 8 years ago