Your grass will be continuing with a strong growth period and it is very important to keep it properly nourished during May and June to prevent any weaknesses in the grass plant. This time of year the grass is very prone to red thread fungal infections so this treatment also keeps a check on any possible infection.
Your grass will still require a fertiliser that contains a large percentage of Nitrogen (N), but also a good mix of the other major elements including Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) to keep the plant healthy throughout.
The second regular treatment of the season is a carefully selected granular, non-scorch, slow release fertiliser. This gently feeds your lawn to keep up with it’s strong spring growth. However, occasionally it can get very hot and dry during this period in which case a granular fertiliser may not be appropriate. If this happens, I either switch to a liquid fertiliser, or delay the treatment until rain is forecast. Thankfully in the South West, that is not usually very long!
I also apply a full-spectrum liquid herbicide, as this is usually the period when weeds are very actively seeding and can blow in and germinate on a lawn within a couple of weeks. This is usually the best time of year to treat lawns for weeds.
Information about Regular Treatment 2
Main benefits of the second lawn treatment
- Promotes a healthy grass plant throughout.
- Improves the colour of the grass.
- Improves the thickness of the grass sward.
- Aids recovery from wear.
- Kills any spring weeds.
Disadvantages of the second lawn treatment
Recommended time of year for application
The second fertilisation and weed control treatment of the year is applied in May or June. However, the exact time will depend on the local weather conditions and the date of first treatment.
Weather conditions needed for application
Treatment 2 is applied in a variety of weather conditions. If a strong weed control is needed, a dry calm day is preferred.
There is no preparation needed before the second treatment is applied. I recommend not applying the treatment within 3 days of mowing. I will contact you before the treatment to work within your mowing schedule.
None of the regular fertilisation and weed kill treatments produce any waste that the customer needs to dispose of.
If a herbicide was applied with the treatment, then I recommend staying off the lawn for a couple of hours. Just until it is dry. If the weather is hot or dry, then your lawn will benefit from regular irrigation after this treatment.
Additional recommended treatments
Depending on the weather trend that year, there are a couple of beneficial additional treatments which can compliment your second regular treatment.
Solid tine aeration is an excellent maintenance aeration treatment to apply. It keeps lawns open and allows moisture to penetrate to the roots. If it is a warm spring, this is an excellent treatment.
If the lawn is growing well, a growth regulator is a good treatment to apply in late spring to thicken the lawn and reduce the amount of mowing needed.
A seaweed biostimulant is also a great treatment to apply in late spring, as this keeps trace nutrients topped up and prevents the lawn from becoming too stressed due to weather or use.
Lawn care articles about treatment 2
Here are the most recent blog posts which refer to the second treatment of the year.
- 4 tips to prepare your lawn for spring
- Why you should feed your lawn seaweed
- 7 tips for autumn lawn care
- Question: Timing of lawn treatments
- Top 5 ways to improve the look of your lawn
- How soil temperature affects grass growth
- Question: Fertilisation after scarifying?
- Question: Overseeding and feeding a lawn?
- When should I start mowing my lawn?
- Problems of sustained over-fertilisation of grass