Seed-heads In Your Lawn

14th Jan 2015

All seed grass varieties used for turf growing in the UK will form seed-heads, as this is part of their natural process. Seeds are required for grass plants to propagate and spread. The seeds are produced in a seed-head.

During spring, they emerge from the grass plants and stand their heads just above the leaves. Some grasses will only form seed-heads on stems that are over 100mm tall. Therefore, if you mow your lawn very short you will never see them.

Other grasses, such as bentgrass (used on golf greens) and some rye grasses. will form seed-heads on stems that are only approximately 50mm tall.

When a turfgrass is producing seed-heads, sometimes it will not cut very neatly when mowed. The stem of a seed-head is quite tough and fibrous, meaning that they can be held upright, even in strong winds.

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The period of time that seed-heads form can differ for each grass type, but in general they will last from a few weeks to approximately a month.

After this period, the grass will start to grow leaves and the lawn will improve again after cutting. However, there is one particular grass weed called Annual Meadow Grass, which will continue to form seed-heads throughout most of the year. Annual Meadow Grass is very common across the UK.

Some customers confuse seed-heads with weeds and moss. Please do not be alarmed if you have seed-heads in your turf. It is simply the grass reproducing in it’s natural process. Our fertiliser programme will speed up the finishing of the reproductive process.

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