I’m a little late with this post as I’ve had extra work due to the demand for lawn renovations and enquiries in general (which we’re super happy about!) We’ve also been running a little behind due to the weather catching us off guard on a few days.
We’re just about on top of it all now so I’ve got 10 mins to write a little advice for you all.
APRIL LAWN CARE TIPS
In March I gave you a brief list of To Do’s for the different weather conditions which might have occurred. Well… in April your number 1 job is to get your lawn scarified! Moss is running amok in nearly of the new lawns we’ve visited this year and this needs raking out ASAP. A lot of our existing customers have also opted for scarification this year due to the increased amounts of moss and thatch in their lawn. Luckily we’re experts in the lawn care field and moss isn’t too much of a challenge for us but we’re still out moss-busting every day until the end of May probably!
As well as scarifying your lawn, we also recommend aeration which really gives your lawn a boost of oxygen, moisture and nutrients by letting these flow from the surface and reach the grass roots.
After any renovation works such as scarification we recommend top dressing and over seeding to give your lawn a helping hand in repairing itself. Once the seeds have taken hold – around 6-8 weeks later your lawn will look as good as new! It really is worth it!
Turfing now would be ideal – the mix of mild temps and lots of moisture will really help the turf to settle in and thrive. From May time – turfing will require more after care such as watering.
With the recent showers, your lawns should be growing like mad and this makes it hard to manage but let the lawn dry out before trying to tackle it. If it’s wet in the morning, give it until mid afternoon/early evening until cutting it. Keep the cut quite high until you can get in to a routine with your mowing. Every 2 weeks should do it for now but aim for 7-10 days towards May (weather permitting.) We offer a mowing service from £10 per mow as well as other general gardening tasks which you might need a little help with or can’t find the time to do.
Weeds are a pain at this time of year and we recommend spot treating them by applying weed control, letting them die off and then digging/scarifying (if you’ve already planned to do that) them out.
As always, we recommend fertilising your lawn for spring, if you’ve already done that, brilliant. If not, apply it as soon as you can really. It’ll work wonders for your lawn! We’re obviously going to recommend that a professional applies your fertiliser (as that’s what we do best) but the products we use are genuinely more effective and will benefit your lawn much more. We offer a FREE survey to the Barnsley, Sheffield, Wakefield and surrounding areas. Give us a call on 0800 138 3143 too book!
I love writing these advice blogs for you and try to make them as exciting as possible. If you have any suggestions or comments about my posts, please comment and let me know. Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day.
Alan Titchmarsh is the celeb face of lawn care/gardening and we’re pleased to see he’s writing advice for everyone on how to care for lawns in spring.
We do a monthly lawn care blog post (this month’s is a little late but is on its way, promise) and in addition to this we like to add information/news articles from other sources too – so to give you a wide spectrum of advice not just from us. We feel a bit repetitive sometimes!
Alan mentions scarification, aeration and fertilising; all of which we carry out on a daily basis in April/May (scarification in particular.) You can get prices for these treatments by having a FREE survey conducted on your lawn in the Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and Doncaster areas. You get on the spot prices and loads of advice from Richard!
To read the article in which Alan advises you on how to care for your lawn right now, visit the link below:
Let us know what you think in the comments…
Weather in March seems like it’s going to be a mixed bag! Today alone, sunny and then snowing, it can’t make its mind up so don’t be rushing in to any heavy renovations just yet.
You may have a lawn that’s looking a little bare or sad after the winter we’ve had and it will probably require repairing and renovations. For more information on scarification, aeration, top dressing, over seeding and how these will help your lawn, click here .
Here are your TO DO’s for March:
Cooler, unpreditable weather:
- Trim the lawn – keep the cut high while the weather stays like this.
- Manually remove weeds from your borders and lawn if there’s not a massive amount of them. If there is, apply a weed killer (our seasonal treatment includes one) in milder weather.
- Hold off on any renovations such as scarification, hollow tine aeration and over seeding.
- You can spike your lawn (solid tine aeration.)
- No watering needed.
- Avoid rolling.
- Turfing – PERFECT TIME!
- Lower the cut of your mower if the weather starts to improve.
- We’ll be applying our seasonal treatment (weed, feed and more) on dry milder days.
- Keep weeding.
- Edge the lawn to give it a neater look.
- Kill and then scarify the moss and thatch from your lawn. We recommend, for moss ridden lawns, applying top dressing and over seeding after scarification to help speed up the recover process.
- Hollow tine aeration is recommended if your lawn is holding water on the surface and/or had a lot of moss/thatch.
- No watering needed.
- If you feel your needs to be rolled, then do so after frost, when temps are milder.
- Turfing – PERFECT TIME!
Pesky diseases and pests can affect your lawn your lawn all year round, if you suspect you have something lurking in your lawn; see our common problems page which will help you to identify and rectify the problem.
We hope you enjoy following our tips this March and if you have any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for reading, comments welcome!
We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you the happiest, healthiest and most successful year for 2016.
Our Christmas consisted of copious amounts of wine, bucks fizz, port, mince pies, boxes of chocolates and pigs in blankets and we’re still feeling very full, not that we’re complaining!
Anyway… Nothing better than getting our knapsack on and treating some lawns to burn those extra calories off! We’re looking forward to caring for lawns in 2016 , as always and can’t wait to get stuck in!
For the most of us around the Yorkshire area it has been a VERY wet past few weeks and we can send only our very best wishes to those affected by the horrible floods. For those of you lucky to escape the floods, I can imagine your lawns are pretty wet/waterlogged. Below are a few tips on how to deal with your lawn in January and in wet weather.
Due to the mild and wet conditions, your lawns will still be growing which means you should be giving it an occasional mow on the very highest setting. Keeping on top of it will help to decrease the chances of brown patches, diseases and other detrimental occurrences as well as preparing it for the growth spurt in Spring. I understand that mowing the lawn when it’s wet is not the best idea, we tell everyone to avoid it but in these extenuating circumstances, it is better to mow than not, check the weather forecasts and on the driest day, give it a little trim, trust us on this one.
If your lawn is waterlogged and the rain is seriously struggling to soak in to the lawn there are a few causes it could be but hold out until spring time, it is not the time to be doing any lawn renovation and could quite easily recover before you know it. If it doesn’t then in the Spring you should have a professional company scarify, aerate, top dress and re-seed to help it to recover. If you chose us, we would assess the lawn to give you an honest opinion and some options for you to avoid water-logging in the future.
For now, we will continue applying winter treatment’s (ST4) as part of our lawn care programme and hoping that it doesn’t snow! We’ll be posting again in February with some tips on how to care for your lawn and prepare for the spring coming.
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions/comments please feel free to leave them below!
The image above makes me laugh so much! It’s exactly how I feel and probably most of you out there too.
So… it is October which means it’s coming to the end of the main lawn care season BOOOOO!
In the last month of regular maintenance and care you should make sure you’re doing the following things to keep your lawn’s health at a high and looking great at the same time.
1. Autumn Feed
2. Last minute renovations especially aeration!
3. Clearing leaves
1. AUTUMN FEED
Our autumn feed consists of of a fertiliser with a high potassium and phosphorous content like the summer treatment but is combined with a dose of moss control too alongside a splash of iron and the usual essential nutrients. We always recommend the professional weed and feed lawn care service not only because we offer this service but because there’s a lot of not so good DIY products out there. if you’re going to DIY we recommend Lawnsmith Products – you can find these online.
As I mentioned in the September blog, renovations in the autumn are perfect for giving your lawn a total health overhaul. The conditions allow for a high rate of recovery but don’t leave it too late because it’ll be too cold for those seeds/grass to grow back and you’ll be left with bald patches (which isn’t a problem, it’s an easy fix but they just don’t look very attractive.) We highly recommend having aeration, this will improve the soil flow throughout the really wet and soggy months which will really help the lawn cope throughout winter and leave it looking fresher in Spring 2016.
3. CLEARING LEAVES
We ask our customers every year to please remove the fallen leaves from their lawns because the damage they can cause is so serious! I guarantee if leaves are left on your lawn for a long period of time then your lawn will require either re-turfing or a full renovation programme and take weeks to fully recover. For the sake of your lawns – remove those pesky leaves!
As the conditions become damper and colder throughout this month and next – mow every 2 -3 weeks dependent upon how quickly your lawn grows, set the mower on to a higher cut setting and if moss becomes a problem, make sure you’re cutting the grass to above the height of the moss.
I know this is a little late in being posted but we’re super busy with renovations and enquiries in the office! If you have any questions about the above advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment! Let us know what you think of these posts – we’d like to know what you’d like to see.
Thank you for reading! Have a fab October and remember to clear those leaves.
So… the sun really didn’t fancy coming out this summer and unless we have a late and very unexpected summer in September I think it’s safe to say that the autumn is now on its way. Boo for us!
However for your lawn it’s not actually too bad, your lawn can be totally renovated in September and this can seriously increase its health.
For September your main jobs are:
- Weed control
- Top dressing
- Over seeding
Fertilising and weed control are self explanatory and whether its us who treats your lawn or you DIY, fertilising your lawn will increase its health which in turn will help to keep its strength up throughout the colder months.
Ok… The IMPORTANT bit… Renovations in September are a must if you’re looking to give your lawn a total health boost.
Scarifying and aerating (preferably hollow tine) will increase the surface drainage and absorption of moisture and nutrients to the roots of the grass. Adding top dressing and over -seeding will improve soil surface once again and increase the rate of recovery.
Turfing can be carried out at just about any time so long as the weather conditions aren’t too extreme. September is great for turf to establish itself through the increased amount of moisture while moderate soil temperatures will increase the root development. We can remove and lay a whole new lawn or extend/patch up sections or create you a new lawn area – whatever your turfing needs are, I’m sure we can provide you with your wish!
If temperatures are still mild and moisture levels are decent then continue to mow every 7-10 days at around 1.5 inches. If temperatures lower and moisture levels increase you should mow at a higher height and less frequently.
The mix of conditions in august will have left your lawn maybe a little patchy and there might be a pest/disease making itself at home. If you spot any discolouration, patches or any other changes then please give us a call – we can visit FREE of charge, diagnose you problem and recommend an effective treatment.
We hope you have a great September! Watch out for our Autumn Newsletter – publishing soon.
Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment to ask questions – we’re happy to help!