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How to Avoid a Sun Scorched Lawn

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This year, we are meant to have the hottest summer in the UK for over 40 years, which is why it is really important to understand how this could impact your lawn. Sun scorch occurs when your grass turns brown due to the sun and heat. During dry and drought periods, grass is more likely to be damaged. Reduction or restrictions on water usage, such as a hosepipe ban, can also make it more likely that your grass will be scorched.

Freshly laid turf is particularly susceptible to damage. This is why it is particularly important that you are keeping to your watering schedule and don’t neglect your fresh turf. Using chemical fertilisers during the high heat of summer can also lead to your lawn getting burnt.

There are several things you can do to make sure that you avoid sun scorch this summer. We have collated a list of tips to make your life a little easier.

  • Consistent watering is important. This means that you keep your grass and its roots hydrated during the hot summer. Ensure that you water your garden early in the morning, as this gives the ground enough time to absorb the liquid, without the threat of the sun evaporating the moisture. Freshly laid turf and seedlings will need to be watered later in the evening as well to ensure that they don’t dry out.
  • Adding sugar to your lawn is also a weird, but wonderful, option. It will benefit the microbes and soil around your grass, making it more nutritious for anything growing in it. One pound of sugar should be spread across 300 square feet of lawn.
  • Avoid using fertilisers and weedkillers during the summer, as these combined with the heat can damage and kill the microbes in the ground that help give your grass its luscious green colour. If you feel that you have to apply any of these products, then make sure you follow the instructions to the letter.

If you would like to discuss the health of your lawn and how to improve it with a member of our team, then give us a call today on 0330 2000 777.

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