Lawn expert warns - act now to reduce drought affects this summer
14th March 2012
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Lawn expert warns: act now to reduce drought effects

this summer

Advice from The Shropshire Lawn Company



Following Environment Agency announcements that Shropshire could be hit by drought this year, lawn specialist Mark Lowndes is advising home owners to act now if they want to minimise the effect on their grass. He warns waiting for the dry weather before trying to help a lawn will be too late.


"Last year was exceptionally dry and too little rainfall had awful effects on many lawns, where the grass dried up and became brown early in the summer," says Mark Lowndes, owner of the Shropshire Lawn Company.


"To reduce the effect of potential water shortage this year there are some steps home owners can take, but they must be done early in the growing season to help increase the resilience of the grass."


Mark advises keeping the lawn in the best possible health by removing moss or any dead grass on the surface, and applying regular feeds. "Generally, improving the condition of the lawn really helps it deal with any stresses, such as drought," he explains.


"Applying feed treatments strengthen the roots of the grass, and opening up the soil around it means any available moisture is more likely to reach the plant."


Some areas across the county, with particularly sandy soils which are at increased risk of drought, may also benefit from applications of wetting agents. "A wetting agent is easy to apply, inexpensive and can really make a difference to how a lawn copes with drought - it works by helping the grass retain any moisture that's available."

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