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Oxfordshire Doctor wins Britians Best Lawn

Grassclippings - Allett MowersEvery man's home is his castle and the lawn is after all the carpet of the room outside.

A lawn in an Oxfordshire garden has been named the best in Britain in a national competition judged by the Director of the Harrogate Flower Show in association with Allet Mowers and The Daily Telegraph.

Retired doctor Chisholm Ogg's turf at Long Wittenham was chosen for its quality, features and maintenance routines. Dr Ogg, 74, who spends up to 10 hours a day gardening, said: "I'm very surprised, but it does reflect the amount of work I do on it."

Dr Ogg says in his BBC Interview that an important aspect of owning a lawn is getting the shape of the lawn, the lawn design correct.  He also said there are a tremendous amount of good quality lawns in the UK and he is astonished that he has won the title and is soon to receive a new Allett Cylinder Mower as his prize.

Now I have had a good look at the video and must admit that the lawn may have a nice shape to it but the quality of the surface should not win an award.  There are huge clumps of lawn weeds in the sward and I bet the grass content was not included in the judging criteria.  Shocking!  Read more on The BBC

Our Top Ten Tips in creating an award winning lawn :

Your lawn should only have desirable turf grasses in it

It should be free from weeds and moss and weed grasses

It should have consistent colour and growth

The lawn should be mown at a suitable height with a nice clean cut across the leaf

There should not be any leaf litter on the lawn

There should be no signs of lawn disease

The should be no signs of lawn pest activity

The surface should be firm and you should not sink into the vegetation

The lawn should be mown multi direction and be visually pleasing to the eye and surroundings

Keep a record of maintenance and treatments

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