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Forum for discussing lawns in the United Kingdom

United_kingdom_lawn_forumHave you ever been frustrated by the lack of good information available to you via forums dedicated to lawn maintenance and problems in the UK?

Well, we have the solution coming soon with the resurrection of our lawn forums.

The forums were originally started a few years back but because of operational changes we decided to put them on the back burner.

The great thing is they are coming back, but in the meantime, why not interact here by leaving us a comment on something that interests, irritates or frustrates you about your lawn?

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I’m really struggling to identify what is either a weed or weed grass in my lawn and I’m not sure therefore how to deal with it. I’ve searched everywhere but can’t find it at all. It’s driving me mad!

I’ve taken some photos but seems each ‘plant’ has a few long blades and dark/purple heads with seeds.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Reply: Field Woodrush - Lazula campestris. Soluble Iron will make the clumps smaller in size and then respray the same when there are new bright green leaves visible. KEep at it and you will get rid of it.


Hi all, I'm after a bit of advice.

My lawn is approx 10m x 9m, is south easterly facing. A strip of grass on right of my property gets little sun due to hedge. The lawn is currently in a state for a number of reasons;
1) was bad when we bought house
2) different types/patches of grass
3) uneven with ankle breaker dips!
4) building work

I don't mind hard work but lacking the knowledge!
I'm thinking kill off existing grass/ moss, rotavate, level and then seed the lawn. Would this be right? What's the best child/animal friendly way to kill off grass?

Thanks for your help!


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My lawn is fed quarterly, watered when it's dry, cut upto twice a week (depending on conditions) at between 40-50mm (never lower unless in preparation for scarification) & scarified & aerated annually.

My question is:
In Spring I start cutting at 50mm & after a few weeks get down to 40mm. I try to stay at this height however if it gets dry or bad weather forces gaps between cuts I sometimes go back up to 50mm.
The thing is as the season goes on cutting at 40mm seems to damage the grass. It's almost as if the blades get caught in the grass & rip it. It can't be grounding at a 40mm cut height & as mentioned earlier in the season it is fine. This limits me to a 50mm cut which although fine is not quite as tidy as at 40mm.
In preparation for early October scarification this year I attempted to cut at 30mm to remove a lot of weight/bulk... This ripped my lawn to pieces. I mean decimated it.
I just don't understand why cutting at a relatively high cut causes me so many issues.
All the best

Reply: If your lawn has lots of weed grasses in it instead of desirable turf grasses that tend to be tufted in their growth habit, keep changing the height of cut may affect the sward. Try multi directional, regular mowing to train the grass plants into your chosen mowing regime. You can always email us some images of your lawn and problems.

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