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TruGreen Gloucestershire’s summer lawn care advice

How to manage your lawn in a dry spell.

It’s been a busy few months for us at TruGreen Gloucestershire, with Mike Simmonds bringing home two prestigious titles: a Great British Franchisee award and TruGreen Franchisee of the year. And wow, what a warm couple of months it’s been! With temperatures in Gloucestershire surpassing 38 degrees in mid-July, our lawns have, in some cases, felt the full effects of this extreme heat.

So, we’ve put together some reminders about managing dry weather conditions and how we can help your heat-stressed lawn recover.

Dry lawns: Some context

With the recent dry weather and extreme temperatures, where regular irrigation hasn’t been applied we are seeing stress to the grass plant. What was previously a vibrantly green leaf will begin to dull and become more straw-coloured as the effect of the lack of water and high temperatures take hold.

It looks bad, we know, but don’t worry, this is only a temporary change in the quality of your lawn surface. Dry, straw-like patches are just the grass plant aiming to protect itself from further damage. Once the weather breaks and we see meaningful rainfall, and through careful management of treatments, there will be a full recovery. During 2018, when we had an elongated period of warm and dry weather, the vast majority of lawns recovered well, with only a small proportion having lasting damage which required additional work once rain returned.

What can we do to help maintain the lawn?

The process of irrigation will prevent most stresses on the grass and is ideally assisted by Wetting Agents, the value of which can be seen throughout the spring and summer months. These allow for normal treatments to be applied and are encouraged wherever possible.

What can we do to help the recovery process?

Initially, after rainfall or regular watering, and when fresh green shoots can be seen at the base of the grass plant, a fertiliser treatment will help with the recovery process. The key to coming out of drought is to ensure your lawn is aerated in the coming months, which works well alongside a quality scarification programme should there be an increase in thatch build-up.

Want more info?

To learn more about any of our lawn care processes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the TruGreen Gloucestershire team by calling us on 01452 223329 or 07722 045855. Or read on to find out more about the processes that are most likely to be needed after dry weather: aeration and scarification.

Aeration

Aeration is important at all times of the year, but immediately after warm dry periods, it becomes even more so. With increased temperatures baking the ground and creating an increased level of compaction, you need to address the problem quickly if healthy grass growth is to be achieved. Managing the air moisture balance of the soil is vital to grass growth, and aeration is key to this. Aeration involves penetrating areas of the lawn to allow moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of the plant. While many lawns may already have been aerated during 2022, the importance of removing compaction at the end of the summer months cannot be overstated. When conditions allow for aeration tines to penetrate the lawn surface, we start the process immediately. Allowing your lawn to have some extra assistance in grass recovery, and strong growth throughout late summer and autumn.

Scarification

Thatch is a layer of organic matter that accumulates on a lawn around the base of the grass plant. Lawn-damaging moss will naturally build over time here, resulting in inferior grass quality and appearance. So, this layer must be kept to a minimum. Grass thatch can also increase during warmer periods, and if the moss gets too thick it prevents water and nutrients from reaching the grass roots and provides humid moist conditions for fungal lawn diseases to take hold. If your lawn is springy or spongy when walked on, this is a major sign of moss and thatch and needs to be addressed right away if you want your lawn to recover from high temperatures.

Having regular scarification of your lawn will prevent thatch build-up and give your lawn a better chance of recovery. Scarification can make the lawn look visually worse in the short term. But with the right conditions, and after a 4-6-week period, the lawn will be left looking much healthier, giving it a longer-term improved appearance.

Contact Us

If you need any of the treatments listed above, get in touch with us today for a free 14-point lawn analysis. By emailing gloucestershire@trugreen.co.uk, you can schedule a visit from Mike and the team, which will allow us to draw up an annual treatment plan to suit the needs of you and your lawn. Give your lawn the best chance of recovery this summer with TruGreen Gloucestershire. It’s what we do.