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Lawns
Turf, especially fine turf, is one of the most demanding features in any garden. The Front Lawn is cut weekly when in growth (average 32 to 36 cuts per year) to a height of 15mm in spring/summer and 25mm in autumn/winter, all clippings being ‘boxed’ and removed. Such regular mowing depletes nutrients, especially nitrogen, and these must be returned to ensure a healthy sward. A slow release, high nitrogen organic fertiliser should be applied at least twice during the growing season (in late March and early June) with a third application of autumn feed (high potassium plus slow release nitrogen) in late September/early October.

Early autumn is also the best time to undertake the lawns annual maintenance. The sward will require mechanical scarification and aeration followed by over seeding with a fescue/bent mix and top dressing with a sandy loam. Chemical weed control may also be undertaken at this time or when growth resumes in the early spring.

The area of lawn beneath the shade of the cherry tree needs special treatment. It should be mown less frequently and the cut should never be lower than 20mm. During autumn maintenance, this area should be re-sown with a special shade mixture that includes tolerant grass species such as hard fescue and sheep’s fescue.

The grass in the Orchard demands less maintenance because it experiences less wear. In the summer (late May to late July) it should be cut to 25mm on a weekly basis whilst in spring and autumn a cut to 30mm every fortnight should suffice. Less mowing results in a reduced nutrient requirement with a single feed in late March plus the autumnal feed as before. Scarification is probably unnecessary but aeration is advantageous to increase surface drainage.


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