The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


2 October 2013

Lawn Indulgence

On a dark and misty autumnal morning, it was indulgence time for the lawn.
The Green Thumb team arrived promptly with scarification and aeration equipment as well as an impressive Stihl powered sweeper. The aim is to remove all the dead thatch without ripping out the live grass.  Having checked the height of the tines on the scarifier to ensure the grass isn't scalped, and done a few test runs, it was time for the off!

It's always surprising how much bulk is actually removed.  The aerator removes plugs of soil of about 2 inches.  Ideally, the remaining holes should have lawn sand brushed into them to preserve the improved drainage created.  Must have a word with Mark!  Because of persistent wet weather, we missed out last autumn and following the heatwave this summer, the poor old lawn was really overdue for some T.L.C..
Anyway, in no time at all, treatments were finished and sweeping up completed with all sweepings deposited in the compost heap.  Result: a tidy treated lawn which should look amazing by spring!!
Well done all round!

Thatch residue and one finished and tidy lawn!

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