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seems like my lawn is filling in the bare spots and I have not planted
seed. ... Yes mowing the grass will stimulate growth. Not only will it
spread seeds but it also ...
Yes, it doesn't take *that* long either, maybe 12 months to be
acceptable and a couple of years to look really good. I remember we
did this at my parents' house many years ago (1950s/1960s), it used
to be mowed (mostly by me) with a Suffolk Punch mower. I guess the
rolling action of the mower helped too.
On Monday, 17 April 2017 20:35:29 UTC+1, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The grass is totally weed-free, but it has a mix of varieties -giving inconsistent colour and texture. Currently it gets mowed every two days.
One of the coarser varieties tends to spread out horizontally so, in my view, is an undesirable. But all that aside I want to get closer to getting a much better lawn - lawn that makes a real impression - level, smooth, consistent , rich green etc etc
One trick I've seen for that is, let it grow a bit more, and that
course grass tends to be higher. Use a glyphosate glove to sweep
across just making contact with this higher grass. That will eliminate
it. You can (or could) buy glyphosate gloves, but you can probably
make one with a disposable plastic glove to keep it off your skin.
Of course, depends on the extent of it.
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On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:23:04 +0100, "Mr Pounder Esquire"
You want a selective lawn weedkiller like Verdone, that you spray onto
the individual dandelion plants, as here http://tinyurl.com/kza63qs
but not necessarily from Amazon. Your local garden centre will almost
certainly have it. Only takes a few minutes to walk across the grass
and treat each weed, which will then turn up its leaves and die in a
couple of weeks.
I poke a hole into the "heart" of the swines and pour salt into the hole.
This kills them, but they come back in different places.
All the gardens near me seem to have the same infestation. Something to do
with the mild winter.
On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:18:12 +0100, "Mr Pounder Esquire"
Your grass probably has a lot of dandelion seeds in it, and these are
germinating. Salt will kill them, but it may also kill the grass in
that immediate area and poison the soil until it all washes through,
so you can end up with little bald patches all over it. Go for
Verdone, and make sure you pick off any dandelion flower heads before
they make 'clocks'.
Okay and thanks Sir.
This is the first year that I've had this problem. I was probably going over
the top with my Dandelion problem. I've encountered about four of them, four
Mrs Pounder Esq is not too happy with the front lawn. The fact that it has
only had the second mow of the year falls on deaf ears.
Agreed. We just cut our lawns regularly and the Dandelions disappear
without faffing about with chemicals etc. Our lawns look as good as any
other lawn that do not have any Dandelions.
I personally think that Dandelions look nice, adds a bit of colour to a
lawn anyway. Such a silly little thing to worry about.
It might be doable if you have a lawn roller, but you will need to kill
the old grass first or it will regrow from the inverted turf. I compost
stack the pieces of turf I cut up and the top of the stack goes grassy.
Simple solution is a 12" screwdriver down the side of the tap root and a
gentle levering action. It makes a satisfying noise as the root breaks
and the trick is to pull as long a piece as you can get. Might take a
couple of goes for a big established one with a deep root.
Failing that hit them with Verdone spot weeding or if they still do it a
gel wand formulation. I only persecute dandelions and buttercup in my
lawns - modest amount of other wildflowers are welcomed.
Never tried it, but it's quite common to invert grass turves and cover
them with a *thick* layer of topsoil to make flowerbeds. But in your
case I would be concerned about a couple of things. First, if only
buried a couple of inches the old grass may well grow back through. If
you're re-doing it because it's full of coarse grass and weeds, things
may not be better in the medium term. Second, in making a lawn you
need to heel-tread the soil several times in different directions to
compact the soil, raking it level to even out high and low areas
between passes. This has to be done before sowing the seed, otherwise
you end up with a very soft spongy lawn that'll show depressions as
you walk on it. This will particularly be the case as the grass in the
inverted turves rots away. On the plus side, the rotted turves will
provide a good medium for the new grass to root into.
I think if it were mine, I'd first just consider re-seeding into the
existing grass. If what's there is really too poor for that, I'd kill
it all down with glyphosate, wait a few weeks for it to die and rot,
then hire a rotovator and go over it to break it all up, or simply
fork it over it by hand if you're young and fit. Then roughly level it
and do the heel-walking/levelling routine before finally sowing the
seed. Keep the young grass watered through the summer, as the
plantlets won't have developed extensive roots and may die if we get a
Ask on uk.rec.gardening and you may get a response from someone who's
got more experience, with the pitfalls.
Got to be worth a try:-)
Many years ago, I was asked by some friends to spray off and rotavate an
established lawn where they had built a house. The job looked easy
enough although there were trees and borders.
Knapsack, spray bar and Glyphosate did for the grass and 2 weeks later I
went back with a small tractor and mounted rotavator.
Big mistake! No matter how many times I went over the ground, it
remained *fluffy* from all the fibrous roots chopped up and mixed with a
Ploughing works by parking the vegetation several inches below the new
surface and, for the old grass/cereal rotation, Autumn ploughing and
Let the grass grow so you have plenty of target leaf, spray off.
Mow/remove top cover when dead. Spread your soil, compact and level.
Seed and lightly rake in. Discourage Cats and Foxes from excavating
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