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A Question of Lawn Advice

Grassclippings - Lawn Advice QuestionIt's a fact - lawn owners need advice.  We help a lot of people who naturally find and digest one of the 550 lawn related articles on this web site and others email us. 

We love all of the enquiries and over 2,000 technical pages are read each day and this number is rising. 

Here is one example of an email we have just received from our lawn advice blog.



I was wondering if you could please give me some advice?

My parents changed to a water meter last year therefore this year they have not been using the water sprinkler for their plants and lawn, I believe due to this large cracks have now appeared on their lawn. Can you please advise the best way to solve this problem and close the crack back up?

Is it to place soil/compost in the cracks and put the sprinkler on?

Thank you in advance.



Thanks for your email seeking lawn advice.  It sounds like your Parents home is located on a heavy soil textural type so a fair amount of clay.  Clay will naturally crack in dry weather and lawn owners facing this problem will try and place some sharp sand into the cracks to aid natural water percolation when the weather is less dry in the winter.  We have written a lot about the use of water and watering lawns over the past week or two and also about wetting agents and dry patch. 

Lawn will naturally go brown to conserve water and if the turf grasses in the lawn were desirable lawn grasses, fit and healthy and fertilised at regular intervals throughout the year then the lawn will quickly turn back to green a week or so after some useful rainfall.

Our advice is forget about your lawn, it will soon recover and a bit of new grass seed will quickly help the repair of some areas that do die back.  Look after your plants as they are more expensive to replace.  Lots of mulch like bark chips on the garden and pea gravel on the top of pots will do a lot to prevent natural water loss than can be up to 45% of water applied over a couple of days or less.

We hope this helps you and your Parents out.





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