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Lift your lawn out of the Winter doldrums

Grass Clippings - Lawn TonicAfter the snow, wind and rain of the past month, the lawns in the South East of the UK are slowly waking up, albeit it looking a bit sorry for themselves and struggling to maintain some colour but still surviving the winter!

If more snow and sleet arrives the lawns will take a further knock back until it warms up. If the air temperature outside is minus 1, then there could be a wind chill of minus 5 and such temperature are not helpful for lawns and gardens generally.

The lawn's surface and ground may still be a little frozen so not a lot you can do to a lawn currently until the frost comes out of the ground for good. Knowledge and preparation are everything!  The best things you can do to a winter bound lawn is, only when the grass starts to naturally colour up with some warmer temperatures, is to make an application of a spring lawn fertiliser and some Soluble Iron.

Iron can be applied as a granule, or as a foliar spray.  Iron will produce a really rapid green up.  Only some Iron products have the added benefit of moss control and they are not to be confused. For chlorophyll synthesis – the level of iron available to the plant influences turf grass colour.  Discolouration may occur when there is a deficiency of this element.

It has been proven that available iron improves the autumn and winter colour of some turf grass species, and tends to reduce the effects of cold temperature.  In fact, many fertiliser mixtures now have a small amount of iron added for these reasons.  Iron helps reduce respiration processes and enhances root development when applied prior to periods of stress, particularly in the plants that have ample available nitrogen. 

The Soluble Iron available from The Lawn Shop will dissolve really easily in a little tepid water and not only kill and retard moss at the full rate, soluble iron applied at half the moss rate will provide a rapid green up of any lawn or turf area, giving a much needed boost to the visual of the area when there is little opportunity for growth.

If the worm casts are active, apply CastClear lawn worm cast suppressant which will in it's own right colour up the turf grasses a few days following application.  It will also get rid of those pesky worm casts without killing or harming the worms.


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