Conflict of Turf Rolls?

Fertilise, mow, scarify, lay Turf (?) remove Turf? Questions on grass that can make one frantic. Here now is a help line to end your grass uncertainties – the Büchner Tips for a tiptop grass:

"Can I do something good for my grass in the autumn?"

Up to the end of September you should apply a further dressing of a mineral based fertiliser to your grass. As a good measure to prepare your grass for the autumn and winter, scarify the turf prior applying a fertiliser. Reduce the amount of water applied to the grass (apply only as needed and when milky tones appear). Leaves that fall in the autumn should be removed to prevent problems caused by rotting. Problem patches can be overcome simply with replacement Turf.

"When should I fertilise my grass a second time?"

You can fertilise a second time during the year about mid May. Use a fertiliser with a long time action in a quantity of 30 - 40g / qm. that will give your grass sufficient food for the coming summer. The grass should be dry during the application of the fertiliser, and watered afterwards.

"How and when should I water my Grass?"

The grass should be watered in the late evening hours. Water at the first signs of drooping. Its better not to water each day with just a little water, but rather to intensively water twice a week.

"Help, my grass has fungi in it!"

There is no reason to be worried. This fungus (Marasimus Oreades) is neither poisonous nor harmful. Its characteristics are a yellow colour or a brown oaken tint to a black; it is about 3 to 5 cm high, and settles itself in single or small groups. One doesn’t need to eradicate this fungus from the grass; we observe here an event of nature.

Fungus growth develops through changes in warmth and dampness at ground level. It is caused through partial fertilising, incomplete discharge of organic matter (e.g. through remnants of compost in the ground), deficits of potash and iron, incorrect pH values (5,8 – 6,8 is optimal) as also excessive watering in the summer and autumn days encourages fungus growth. The grass should be mown after the fungus shows up and then after the grass raked clean. In general the programme of grass care should be renewed: use a balanced fertilizer, reduce watering, avoid compressed soil and elevated acidity.

"My grass has brown patches in it"

On closer looks the patches appear more as a light brown the colour of straw, and show up as a pink coloured Mycelium (a fungus condition). This fungus goes by the name of Puccinia.

The condition can appear almost anytime throughout the whole year. The detriment to the grass is nevertheless small and mainly produces no damage. The condition develops during long damp periods (Rain, dew, fog, a false watering technique) unbalanced irregular feeding with fertilizer – in particular it develops also due to a nitrate deficiency.

The following can help to guard against an attack, e.g. to deal with it: target the application of the fertiliser (use nitrate with a long time action), reduce thatch (scarify) as also adapt watering to the grass condition.

"Does my grass have a winter rest?"

The grass rests during the winter. The grass should be cut (height 3 -4 cm) for the last time before the frost period sets in and freed from grass cuttings and leaves. Under wet leaves decomposing can set in which can damage the grass. The grass should not be trodden on or driven over when hoarfrost and frost is present. The grass with its roots will thus be damaged and can hardly regenerate itself.

The grass can be helped to awake out of its winter recess with strong growth by the application a potash based fertiliser in winter and a nitrate based fertiliser timely applied in early spring.

A tip for the winter:

 

Please don’t walk on frozen grass. The strands break and at the places where it is broken the grass is open to disease.

 

Questions frequently asked during the period from end October to beginning of November:

"How long can turf be laid?"

Turf can be laid without problem so long as there is no ground frost. Grass grows at low temperatures also. We produce Turf on our fields weather permitting up to the end of November. Then our grass has a winter rest also. Our experience shows it comes out of this phase at the end of February to the beginning of March. We will inform you at our loading point when this situation is reached.