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    • JEN22
    • By JEN22 19th Jun 17, 11:42 AM
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    Grass 19th Jun 17 at 11:42 AM
    Is it better to leave grass long in the hot weather
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 19th Jun 17, 11:45 AM
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    In dry weather, yes.

    My Dad's house was on a very free-draining soil and he always set the mower blades higher. The neighbours cut their lawns very low and couldn't understand why his lawn stayed green in dry spells and didn't have anywhere near as many weeds.
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    • By d0nkeyk0ng 19th Jun 17, 1:46 PM
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    Also water frequently. I'm on one hour soaks twice a week to try and help the lawn.
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    • By JEN22 19th Jun 17, 3:12 PM
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    Alan Titchmarch said not to waste water watering the lawn as its very hardy and will come back
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    • By DaftyDuck 19th Jun 17, 6:35 PM
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    Agreed, never bother with the lawn, it's a waste of water. I set the mower to three inches for the hot bits of summer, if they exist. Back to half that by September. Once you start watering, you have to keep going. Fine if you have a small lawn and no water meter, but still not eco friendly.
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    • By savemoney 19th Jun 17, 7:04 PM
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    If you water grass, water it well. Most plants do better with a good soaking assuming you got good drainage, shallow watering only encourages shallow roots, also best to water either early morning or better evening
    • mysterymurdoch
    • By mysterymurdoch 20th Jun 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 10:34 AM
    It's better to leave grass long, full stop. The brits love cutting the living daylights out of their lawns and that's not what grass wants to do. It wants to grow.

    Not only will longer grass be strong, it looks better, and if you let it go to seed, allow some daisies, clover and dandeliions to appear, WITHOUT letting it turn too scruffy, it's a haven for all sorts.

    I like a fortnightly cut with the mower set near the top of it's height. The kids love lying it the grass, it looks nice, and is much greener than the neighbour's moss.

    PLUS, if you stripe the lawn the stripes are far more pronounced with longer grass.
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