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October Lawn Care Tips

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12/10/2015

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

4. Mowing

 

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.

2. RENOVATIONS

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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!

4. MOWING

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.

September Lawn Care Tips

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03/09/2015

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:

  • Fertlising
  • Weed control
  • Scarifying
  • Aeration
  • 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.

RENOVATIONS

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 

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!

MOWING  

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!

July Lawn Care Tips

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01/07/2015
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Howdy!

I’m sorry to say it but… HOW HOT IS IT?! We’re not complaining but WOWZAAA! Summer is definitely here.

As it’s so hot we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to manage your lawn and garden in heat. I hope having a read and it helps to keep those lawns looking lush through July!

PESTS AND DISEASES:

There are plenty of pest and diseases to keep you on your toes in July depending on the long term weather and soil conditions in your area. Red thread is a common disease that pops up when there’s been a mixture of heat and moisture. If you spot red looking needles on your grass blades or any discolouring then you should give us a call – we can help rectify the problem and hopefully prevent further damage to your lawn.

Dry patch is also common in summer and this will present itself as patches of dying/dead grass blades. We can repair the lawn, no problem and advise you on how you could prevent it from occurring again.

Pests such as ants etc are not terrible for your lawn but damage can occur with a large infestation keep an eye on your lawn at all times and if there seems to be any sort of damage you should always seek the help and/or advice from a professional lawn care provider like ourselves.

MOWING

As I always say, good mowing practices create great lawns! Keep the height of your mow high if particularly dry but if you’re getting some moisture then lower the height. You should always mow in alternate directions, once a week (if its not too dry) or every 10 days and keep the grass height at a minimum of 1.5 inches.

WEED AND FEED 

We obviously recommend our own weed and feed (ST2 – summer treatment.) This includes liquid herbicide and fertiliser containing various nutrients including phosphorous and potassium to feed the grass and encourage vitally important root development for optimum growth. If you’re going DIY we recommend Lawnsmith’s Spring and Summer Fertiliser.

Weeds are a nuisance and unless you’re meticulously checking and digging weeds out then there’s always the chance one will pop up. Our summer treatment includes weed killer and will take care of those for you but if you’re going DIY then we recommend to spot treat (it reduces the risk of scorching) unless your lawn is covered in them, in that case an all over weed killer will do the trick but avoid applying it when the lawn is dry.

WATERING 

Watering your lawn in July is essential if dry. Water for about an hour every morning or evening to keep your lawn healthy but do not over water, it can do just as much bad as good. We recommend using a sprinkler and placing a container on the lawn; an inch of water is sufficient.

AERATION

If your lawn is feeling a little hard then you should give it a quick spike, we can do this for you, its an efficient and effective way of reducing compaction and increasing moisture and oxygen flow through to the grass plants, this will increase the health of your lawn over time but you will see a difference!

Avoid all renovation/scarification/turfing jobs until there’s less heat and more moisture (maybe from september onwards.)

As always our lawn care surveys are FREE of charge and we provide you with on the spot prices. To book give us a call on 07432 114147

Thank you for reading and have a great July!

Summer Newsletter 2015

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25/06/2015
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Hey guys! 

Please check out our newsletter for Summer 2015. We hope you enjoy it! Click on the image below to view.

Click on this image to view our summer newsletter for 2015.

Summer is coming!

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04/06/2015
June Lawn Care Tips

June Lawn Care Tips:

Renovations this spring have been tough! The weather has made it extremely difficult for the lawn to recover fully. The cold weather has prevented seeds from germinating and left lawns looking a little bare in some areas. Don’t worry though, they will recover! We believe that because of this lengthy period of cold weather, that we’re in for a scorcher of a summer which means we need to get your lawns as drought tolerant as possible ASAP!

MOWING: As I’ve said before, mowing is one of the easiest ways to create a great looking lawn! If temperature climb and there’s still the odd shower then you should be mowing regularly (once a week.) If the weather stays dry then you should mow every fortnight. As always you should adjust the mowing height depending on the conditions. Keep it high in dry/hot conditions and lower in damp/hot conditions.

FERTILISING: You should have already applied your first feed of the year in March, April or May depending on how weather conditions are where you live.

We recommend applying a second feed in June if it’s been between 8-12 weeks since the last application. Our summer feed will be applied to clients’ lawns from this month and includes an application of liquid herbicide and fertiliser containing various nutrients including phosphorous and potassium to feed the grass and encourage vitally important root development for optimum growth.

WEEDS: Weeds will have well and truly settled in for the season by now and will be slowly taking over your lawn. We recommend applying a weed killer to the whole of your lawn for ease and effectiveness. Our summer treatment includes an application of herbicide to control any weeds that have developed over the spring time. If you only have a couple of weeds, spot treat them with weed killer or simply dig them out (make sure you get all of the roots though!)

RENOVATIONS/TURFING: Any moss control and scarification’s must now be put off while autumn as recovery in summer time isn’t an option due to such hot and dry weather. Re-turfing can be carried out but you must be able to water the lawn daily! It’s like having a new baby.

AERATION: A simple spiking (solid tine aeration) would be highly beneficial in the summer time due to the heavy use of lawns at this time. It’ll keep compaction at bay and maintain the grass’ health. DO NOT use hollow tine aeration! Apply seeds and fertiliser to worn areas of lawns and water thoroughly and regularly until germinated (try not to over water!)

WATERING: If conditions start to get a little dry then water early morning.

PESTS AND DISEASES: Pests and diseases love damp and warm weather and with summer round the corner you must keep a look out for the pesky diseases and pests which take advantage of the conditions in your lawn/soil. Watch out for any discolouring’s and patches!

As you all know, we can carry out any of the above recommendations (apart from watering.) If you’re a little intrigued in to how much we charge for any of the treatments then please get in touch – we’ll arrange a FREE survey for you and leave you with all the prices you’ll need.

Have a fabulous June!

May Flowers? More like May Showers!

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06/05/2015
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This wet weather is annoying but your lawns will be loving the moisture. However, so will any lawn conditions, pests and diseases so please watch out for any changes in colour, bald patches and/or lawn sponginess (feels like you’re walking on sponges.)

Anyway… here are our Lawn Care tips for May. We hope you enjoy reading these and that they help you care for your lawn!

Mowing – keep on top of it when you can. Showers bring mowing to a halt so when its dry make sure you’re giving your lawn a cut! Keep the cut high in cold/hot/dry conditions and lower the cut when conditions are mild/wet.

Fertilising your lawn is very important in spring time and it’s not too late. Our seasonal treatment (ST1) is formulated to work with spring weather conditions to enhance the health and look of your lawn and is packed full of professional products, not available to the public. If you prefer to DIY – a spring feed with potassium will do the job fine.

Weeds will start to rear their ugly heads, if they haven’t already and you can treat these with either a weed killer which you spray on to the whole of your lawn or you can spot treat/remove them one by one.

We don’t recommend watering your lawn unless we go through a really dry patch. We’ll let you all know when watering is recommended – don’t worry.

Moss is a problem all year round in some cases but in spring it can really thrive on the soil conditions created by the weather. We recommend killing it and scarifying it out ASAP. This can be done anytime as long as the weather isn’t too hot or cold/dry or wet but we recommend carrying out the process in spring or autumn. A few light showers and a temp of 9-12 degrees will suit the recovery of your lawn well! If applying seeds, a soil temp of 9-12 degrees will be required for successful germination!

Aerating your lawn has so many benefits due to the increased amounts of oxygen, moisture and nutrients which will reach your grass roots once hollow tine or solid tine aeration has been carried out. Stronger roots = stronger and healthier looking lawn.

Thinking of a re-turf? As long as you’re around to water the new turf for the first couple of weeks, go for it! We’ve already laid new lawns this year.

Repairs and renovations are often carried out rather than having a re-turf to save on the cost. Spring and autumn are the best times for repairs and renovations so if you’re thinking of getting your lawn in to shape for summer then give us a call and we’ll be happy to conduct a FREE survey and give you a FREE no obligation quote on all recommended treatments/procedures.

Spring Newsletter 2015

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01/03/2015
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Hey there!

If you fancy checking out some tips on how to care for your lawn in spring time or you would like see the kind of lawn care service we offer to our customers then click on the link below to view our spring newsletter for 2015.

Spring Newsletter 2015

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