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Gone to Seed

Gone to Seed

  • 18 - 07 - 2017
  • Lawn Care Turf News
By Anco Turf

The expression “Gone to seed” is often used to describe a person who has let themselves become run down and tired in appearance.

The saying stems from (no pun intended) the plant world where a lawn or pasture starts producing seed heads when adverse conditions occur. It is a survival mechanism for plants to begin a new generation through the production of seeds.

In a lawn the sudden appearance of seed heads can signify that it’s too dry, hot, compacted or just lacking in fertility. If seed heads are only appearing when severe weather conditions occur you have nothing to worry about. If however the problem is constant then you will need to ascertain the problem and remedy it.

Check the Soil PH level and correct it if necessary. Fertilise the lawn if you have not done this for a while and relieve compaction through aerating with a Garden fork or machines that are available for this purpose. Apply a wetting agent if the lawn has dry patches and thoroughly water in the fertiliser.

The problem should then disappear. Remember to mow regularly.

Now take a look in the mirror and if you have the same signs as your lawn have a good feed and a drink. Avoid the aeration but consider a new Doo. We don’t want you going to seed.

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