2021 Lawn thread

2021 Lawn thread

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505diff

Original Poster:

475 posts

212 months

Friday 1st January
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As we have no frost this morning I’m going out for clear up this morning, the leaves still keep appearing, the start of another year of ‘not doing much to the lawn’ and no doubt ‘doing lots to the lawn’ again🤫

Happy New Year lawn buffs

Betson

2 posts

8 months

Friday 1st January
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Having been reading up a few things over the few weeks, I’ve now joined the forums. Got my first house in November and can’t wait to sort out the garden, the lawn is waterlogged at the moment, anything I can do now to help things in the spring when I take it the real work starts?

Milkbuttons

990 posts

131 months

Saturday 2nd January
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I stumbled upon this recent article which I and I'm sure many on here can relate to, made me chuckle.

https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/...

505diff

Original Poster:

475 posts

212 months

Sunday 3rd January
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That article is so true, made me laugh and the wife a lot more, going to try to avoid being like that this year.

Betson, welcomeI would, if you plan to do a lot of garden improvements find out what’s under your topsoil, this well give you better idea of how progress. Dig a hole about 450mm deep and see if it drains or fills and weather it’s clay, rubble and the other usual suspects that cause issues.

Chicken Chaser

6,426 posts

193 months

Sunday 3rd January
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Mine is currently a pond.

8-P

2,670 posts

229 months

Sunday 3rd January
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I had assumed grass looked after itself, but I soon found myself falling down some deep horticultural wormholes: pH levels, mowing lengths, fertiliser, thatch raking, scarifying.

Glad to see ph levels mentioned, assuming that refers to this thread biggrin

Betson

2 posts

8 months

Wednesday 6th January
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So I’ve dug a hole to find clay, more clay and a bit more clay, it’s still not draining after more rain last night, looks like I will have install drainage in the spring, I’m sure a few years ago the winters were not as wet.

Simpo Two

76,065 posts

234 months

Wednesday 6th January
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8-P said:
I had assumed grass looked after itself...
Nope, a lawn is very artificial. Leave it a few hundred years and nature will return it to the UK's top seral stage - deciduous woodland.

8-P

2,670 posts

229 months

Sunday 10th January
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I mowed mine yesterday, looks better for it. Mad really as others have lawns under 6inches of snow.

GIYess

1,107 posts

70 months

Monday 11th January
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Hi all lawn aficionados (sp?). I need to get our lawn into shape this year as got drive tarred and beds are a working progress. The lawn is the only thing letting the house down. Its quite clay-y (soggy on top in rain but shrinks away from edging in the dry and goes quite hard. Front lawn is just growing clover and thin wiry grass with dead patches, back grows ok in places but very slowly in others (where there is heavy foot traffic).

I'm thinking on aerating and spreading sand over it when the weather warms up. Is this a good idea?

Nick_MSM

567 posts

155 months

Monday 11th January
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I would like to top my lawns off but just a little too soft underfoot I feel. Going to spray with iron/seaweed cocktail this week now the temps seem a bit higher.

NordicCrankShaft

1,456 posts

84 months

Tuesday 12th January
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Gonna be watching this with interest as moving into a new build in March and the garden will be completely bare!

morfmedia

232 posts

196 months

Thursday 14th January
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GIYess said:
Hi all lawn aficionados (sp?). I need to get our lawn into shape this year as got drive tarred and beds are a working progress. The lawn is the only thing letting the house down. Its quite clay-y (soggy on top in rain but shrinks away from edging in the dry and goes quite hard. Front lawn is just growing clover and thin wiry grass with dead patches, back grows ok in places but very slowly in others (where there is heavy foot traffic).

I'm thinking on aerating and spreading sand over it when the weather warms up. Is this a good idea?
I'm no expert but I'd try and get a sandy loam mix going down (sand and soil) or a compost and sand mix so at least the ground is getting some benefits as the sand doesn't level as great in the UK unless you're a greenskeeper at a golf club or real expert. I tried it in 2020 and it killed quite a few spots off where it was too thick and got too hot (not enough water I guess).

I used fields compost and some sand and that seemed to work a treat. gonna do the same this year and hope for the best!

Some YouTube channels that have kept me going through several lockdowns:

https://www.youtube.com/user/mattyvx88 - Garden LawnCare Guy - UK based
https://www.youtube.com/user/steviessmith - Conor Ward - USA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGmz1qSJjvBPluouo... - Ryan Knorr - USA
https://www.youtube.com/user/LawnCareMidwest - Lawn Care Nut - USA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC47hWf2NTrfOvB-e5... - Lawn Tips - Aus









Edited by morfmedia on Thursday 14th January 15:50

Pookie123

773 posts

107 months

Sunday 24th January
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Best time to start seeding the lawn? I’m a lazy sod so would rather a product to just sprinkle over and water

505diff

Original Poster:

475 posts

212 months

Sunday 24th January
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Mid April is the time when the soil will warms up enough in the South East, it should still be damp enough not to require watering that much, anything before that tends to be hit and miss or bird food.

Simpo Two

76,065 posts

234 months

Sunday 24th January
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Pookie123 said:
Best time to start seeding the lawn? I’m a lazy sod so would rather a product to just sprinkle over and water
Way too early. The seeds won't germinate and just rot in the freezing damp.

jinkster

2,107 posts

125 months

Sunday 24th January
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Green thumb spring treatment coming in a week for us......

MrNoisy

459 posts

110 months

Sunday 24th January
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Just posting to say hi and get involved. I have totally redone our back garden over the last 12 months or so, excavating, wall building, patio, decking etc.

Managed to get 24 semi mature 2M root ball hedges in around Oct/Nov and they have had me on tenterhooks for the last few weeks. I really can't wait for growing season biggrin

The next challenge is going to be to lay the lawn hopefully in time to make it usable for the summer. The Mrs is already sensing I am likely to become a 'lawn bore'. Looking at about 80M2, need it to be quite durable.

It's gonna be turf but I realise it ain't gonna be as simple as just laying it out! If anyone has any definitive trusted sites to peruse I would be very grateful!!




Simpo Two

76,065 posts

234 months

Sunday 24th January
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MrNoisy said:
It's gonna be turf but I realise it ain't gonna be as simple as just laying it out! If anyone has any definitive trusted sites to peruse I would be very grateful!!
The biggest thing with turf is to irrigate it profusely until the roots get established, and don't walk on it until then.

lillian35

1 posts

7 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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GIYess said:
Hi all lawn aficionados (sp?). I need to get our lawn into shape this year as got drive tarred and beds are a working progress. The lawn is the only thing letting the house down. Its quite clay-y (soggy on top in rain but shrinks away from edging in the dry and goes quite hard. Front lawn is just growing clover and thin wiry grass with dead patches, back grows ok in places but very slowly in others (where there is heavy foot traffic).

I'm thinking on aerating and spreading sand over it when the weather warms up. Is this a good idea?


Hi I’m trying to get in touch with GIYess about their old post about Mondeo tdci issue! It sounds like the exact same issue I had and they put a lot of good info on here.

I’ve only just joined so won’t let me email and I don’t know how to tag etc. I’ve added you as a mate if you see this please get I. Touch . Thank you . Lisa