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Develop the perfect patch; NEXT year's lawns are made in the next few weeks.

You really ought to stop using the high nitrogen summer feeds now and think about getting on with some maintenance.

Mowing is important - with the dewy mornings you've probably got to leave mowing until late afternoon. Don't cut it too short, but you will find you need to cut it somewhat shorter than during the drought periods because of the need to scarify it.

Scarifying means removing all the old debris and what we technically call thatch, which is really rotting vegetation, between the blades of the grass. This allows the grass roots to breathe more freely and grow stronger.

You can scarify using a wire tined rake and this is really hard work. Alternatively, several manufacturers such as Black and Decker produce small lawn scarifiers and are ideal for the smaller property.

If you've got a large lawn you may want to consider buying or hiring one of the larger electric or petrol driven versions.

Towards the end of September you can give your lawn an autumn lawn fertiliser.
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Author:Drury, Howard
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Date:Aug 29, 1999
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