20 Jul Improving Grass Root Growth
It’s easy to focus on the visible greens of your lawn turf. But its health is also directly affected by its grass root growth, as the roots are responsible for bringing the nutrients necessary for the blades to flourish. Having robust roots is an important factor in extending grass life.
Here’s how you can improve grass root growth to ensure a healthier lawn.
Mowing height affects the depth of root growth. There is a direct link between how high the blades grow and their root growth. Generally, the higher the grass blades are cut, the deeper down the roots go.
Aerate your lawn
Compacted soil makes it difficult to support healthy root growth. The compaction also narrows down air passages, preventing nutrients, water and air from reaching the root zone. This is detrimental to the health of your lawn. Aeration helps in removing soil compaction. You can also avoid future compaction by minimising foot traffic and ensuring no heavy machinery goes on the lawn. Creating a permanent pathway across the lawn can also help.
Thatch is a layer of organic matter that has accumulated on top of the soil surface. It may be a combination of living and dead plant matter, for example dead grass. Your grass can become susceptible to lawn diseases and pests if you allow the thatch layer to grow too thick. However, thatch does help insulate the root zone and protect it from fluctuations in temperature and moisture, so you don’t have to remove all of it from your lawn. Raking is a simple yet efficient way to reduce thatch. Reducing the fertiliser you apply and performing a few deep watering sessions instead of incessant shallow irrigation can also help to counteract thatch issues in the future.
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