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A problem with our "Lawn"!

BMLBML Posts: 151

My wife insisted that I replace a gravel base with grass so I did and it took a lot of work to lay that turf but it looks awful with a semi naked appearance.  I'm not a turf expert so I had no idea that I was buying what appears to be rubbish.  Digging it up and/or re-seeding it or buying new turf are not options that I fancy so could I deal with it by seeding on top of it.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,131
    That's going to be ok with a bit of tlc ... it's been left to grow too long and not mowed regularly enough.  

    How long ago did you lay the turf?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BMLBML Posts: 151
    I laid it about three months ago when we had plenty of rain.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    As Dove says, looks very salvageable. Looks like it needs raking with a timing rake to get all that dead thatch out which will be stopping the growth. Regular cutting promotes good growth 
  • BMLBML Posts: 151
    Without mentioning its name I have just had a flyer regarding claiming to come from a "Lawn care specialist" Any comments? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,989
    I wouldn't bother BML. As the others have said - just remove the thatch, mow regularly, but don't scalp it if it's a long dry spell - leave it a little longer. Only take about a third of the height off each time you cut it.
    You can give it a feed now and again - the liquid seaweed ones are good. I'd also cut some away to make a proper edge to your borders and show off the planting. That helps to prevent the grass encroaching into plants too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BMLBML Posts: 151

    Many thanks for all your advice.


  • BMLBML Posts: 151
    I made the mistake of buying a box the name of which I forget some weeks ago and sprinkled it on the lawn and when I came back from holiday I could see burn marks all over it probably because I should have used a proper dispenser.  When its recovered, if it does that is I will use a seaweed spray but would like a recommendation of which one.
  • JeanmohanJeanmohan Posts: 2
    Hi can u please tell me the pace I have to walk using 4 in 1 in a Scott’s drop spreader on number 6 ... Thankyou 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,647
    I imagine it's calibrated for normal walking pace but the best way to find out is to measure.   Mark out a square metre of grass, weigh out enough product for one metre then put it in your dispenser and see how fast you need to walk to spread it evenly over the marked space.
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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    @BML It is ALWAYS important to read the instructions on the use of any chemical!! Whether in the garden or the home. 
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