How to Look after your lawn as climate shifts

36% GARDENERS REPORT THAT THEIR LAWNS GROW ALL YEAR

44% GARDENERS NOW MOW LAWNS A MONTH EARLIER IN SPRING
(WRAP May 2007)

Our poor lawns just do not know what is going on!

Summer 2006 they were dry and parched from  drought.

Summer 2007 they experienced monsoon conditions.

Summer 2011 and 12  delivered a mix of very wet and damp weather

Summer 2013 produced exceptionally high temperatures as high as 34C and long period without rain


It does appear that one of the biggest changes to the English garden is the effect of climate change on our lawns. The traditional English lawn is certainly under attack and as gardeners we may have to review our dream of the perfect green lawn throughout the year.

The main problem for lawns now is that, due to our changing weather patterns, there is no longer the same predictable cycle that has helped lawns in the UK to establish over many centuries.

Endless dry spells are not good for lawns and they need lots of help keeping their traditional green.

Longer wetter spells cause them to be invaded by moss which spreads rapidly, preventing the grass from regrowing were the moss has taken over.

It is then much harder to produce a lush green lawn unless you treat the moss effectively.

Find out how to look after your lawn in an ever changing climate

http://www.globalgardening.org/uploads/pdf/lawn_care.pdf

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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and is keen to "manage" the effects of the weather on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and I hope that it will continue to grow, allowing global gardeners to communicate about the effects of climate change on our plants and the future of our gardens.

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