All Things Lawn Care

Where do we begin?

 

We all want to achieve a beautiful, healthy, green and lush looking lawn. If you have just come out of hibernation……like many of us, it is now, in the Spring time that we start to look around our lawns and realise they most likely need some tender loving care and a bit of work to get it that way.

As a professional lawn company who visits thousands of lawns, we know that lawns come in all shapes and sizes and more importantly all types of conditions. We know it is important to first discover what condition your lawn is before any treatments or lawn care programme is recommended.

Family lying on lawnSo what is lawn care to you?

 

Lawn care means different things for different people. It’s not all about size and shape either. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your lawn, then you have come to the right place. You may want a safe, even and lush lawn for your family to enjoy and play on. You may have nuisance lawn problems with weeds, moss, lawn pests and lawn diseases.

No matter what you want out of your lawn……you may want to get the professionals involved now, because often DIY products just don’t achieve the results you want or need for your lawn.

Lawn owner worried about lawn issuesUnderstand your lawn’s condition

 

This is a great place to start, before starting the process of creating a beautiful lawn get down and dirty and check your lawn out! You may notice patches that need repairing or are rough and bare. There may be issues in your lawn that will impact on it’s health. To really understanding your lawn’s condition you may want to hire a lawn care professional who can carry out a scientific assessment. In the long run this will save you on expensive and ineffective DIY products, as a quality professional can advise you on products and treatments that will only benefit your lawn.

Keeping your lawn in good condition can be as simple as maintaining its nutrient requirements by applying a quality, regular annual fertilisation programme. However there will be occasions when your lawn needs a little more help and support. There are several problematic issues that lawns can suffer from such as weeds, thatch build up, soil compaction, moss development, fungal diseases, such as Rust and Fusarium as well as nuisance lawn and garden pest infestation….just to name a few.

Regular lawn care maintenance

 

A quality lawn care company will offer a full range of curative and preventative lawn treatments for all lawn conditions. Most companies will offer you a Standard, Premium and Organic option. These will be tailor made for you, your budget and your lawn. When you have chosen your lawn care treatment programme you should be able to leave the rest up to your lawn care company. Part of a great lawn care programme will incorporate seasonally adjusted fertilisers to provide the essential nutrients that your lawn needs to flourish as well as herbicides to control those unsightly weeds. Your lawn care professional can take the hard work out of Scarification, Aeration and Over-Seeding. Each time your lawn care professional visits your lawn you should make sure you receive feedback as to your lawn’s condition and they should make any additional recommendations if necessary, so you understand them.

Bad front lawnWhat’s so important about quality lawn care?

 

Over time, proper lawn care maintenance, resulting in a well maintained lush, green and healthy lawn can add real value to your home and give you a sense of pride.

A healthy lawn can improve your homes over all appearance and marketability of your home. You may be thinking “It’s just grass…surely”. Well think again, if your lawn begins to deteriorate from neglect and poor maintenance it will begin to have a poor and unloved appearance and this ultimately gives a poor impression and will result in more had work for you to put right. An established lawn that is healthy will help to prevent runoff and erosion of the topsoil on your lawn. If erosion occurs, your lawn can lose some of the vital nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Talking about lawn care may sound like a lot of effort and time to keep up with, after all many of us live very busy and lives. This is where you may consider looking for a quality Lawn Care Company who will specialise in all things lawn care. Getting the right lawn care specialist will provide you with all the support you need to develop the lawn you dream of.

Lawnscience have friendly, qualified professionals who will only apply treatments to your lawn that will be of benefit. So, if you want someone to deal with all your lawn care issues, just contact us now to receive your FREE, no obligation lawn assessment and you’re on your way to creating the beautiful lawn to dream of.

 

 

Could Leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?

Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?During the Autumn months, Leatherjackets (Tipula spp.) the larvae of the Crane Fly, otherwise known as Daddy Long Legs, can get injected into your lawn. Over winter they start to grow and feed off the roots of your grass, causing havoc and can result in costly repairs to your lawn.

It’s not too late to take action to prevent this happening to your lawn

 

Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?The Crane Fly are adult insects and are often seen flying around from late August through to late October. It’s actually not the adults that cause plant damage, but the larvae they produce. These small grubs are greyish brown in colour and can grow up to 30mm in length.

How can you tell if you have a Leatherjacket infestation in your lawn?

 

If there has been an increase of activity on your lawn from birds, especially starlings, magpies and rooks, pecking away at your lawn or you notice that wild life, such as badgers or foxes, have been appearing and been digging away at your lawn you could have an infestation of Leatherjackets, living in your lawn’s root zone.

As a professional lawn care company we usually notice an increase of calls from customers and worried lawn owners during the months of January to March and because of the volume of Leatherjackets seen last Autumn we expect the coming Spring to be especially busy.

So, what can be done to stop this damage?

 

The only effective prevention for this nuisance pest is to apply the appropriate insecticide to your lawn prior to the damage being caused. A great lawn care professional can advise on how and when to carry out this preventative treatment. A regular and thorough observation of your lawn is essential when you want to control Leatherjackets.….so you can deal with them as soon as they appear!

Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?We visit thousands of lawns across the UK and we love lawn care. As a professional lawn care company we provide a FREE lawn review service. One of our local lawn care professionals will attend your lawn and inspect any issues it may have and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider.

If you believe you have a Leatherjacket infestation it is important to take quick action, as the damage caused by Leatherjackets can destroy an entire lawn in a very short period of time and can be very costly to fix.

If you suspect that your lawn has been infested with Leatherjackets why not contact us today? You can feel assured that after a thorough investigation we will recommend how to get it back to peak condition and protect it from any future attack of this nuisance pest. Giving you back a lawn you can be proud of.

 

Is your dog causing damage to your lawn?

A dog may be man’s best friend, but it certainly isn’t a lawn’s best friend. No matter the condition of your lawn, if you do have a dog you will notice some damage and find it frustrating to try to keep it looking it’s best.

The damage that dogs cause most often is by urinating in areas and killing the grass

 

It is often thought that the female dog’s urine is more acidic and causes more damage that a male dog. You may notice more concentrated areas of burnt grass on your lawn if you have a female dog, but this is because they will urinate on a concentrated patch of lawn. The male dog will aim a little higher on a shrub or tree. It is not actually the acidity of urine that damages your lawn’s grass, it is the level of nitrogen and various other compounds which include salts in your dog’s urine. When food is broken down inside your dog’s body the waste products are removed from the body by their kidneys and then passed through their urine. When dogs relieve themselves on your lawn it is these materials that will burn your lawn.

See more about Dogs and Lawns here

 

You may have tried DIY products that claim to neutralise the pH of dog urine, but found these are unsuccessful. There are also remedies to change your dog’s diet, such as the addition of garlic and salt, this will increase your dog’s water consumption and in theory dilute their urine, but this can cause problems for your pet dog – Please check with your veterinarian if you choose to change your dog’s diet with supplements

Is your dog causing damage to your lawnThe only sure way of stopping urine damage to your lawn is to train your dog to urinate on another area of your lawn that doesn’t matter to you.

 

Try to train your dog to go to areas that are not going to be visible, like behind the shed. Dogs do prefer to urinate on grass, but you could have a mulched or gravelled area they could go on instead.

By immediately watering the urinated area it will dilute the concentration of urine, however this will take your full attention to monitor your dog’s actions and may take several gallons of water to fully dilute the areas.

It is very difficult to repair areas where dogs have urinated as they will need to stay off those areas for several months. Your lawn’s soil will need to be dug down to approximately 6 – 8 inches and then replaced with new topsoil. You will then need to seed these areas and water them regularly for the first year to enable to grass roots to develop.

It is not only your dog’s urine that damages your lawn

 

Dogs will often damage lawns by running up and down certain areas on your lawn. The larger the dog the heavier the area will be damaged. You will need to keep your dog off this area all together if you want to re-establish the area with new seeds. Your dog’s habits may be difficult to re-train. You may need to provide a fence or screen on the areas you need to re-seed. Any new seedlings that come through will only get trampled and ripped out if the area is not protected. The soil in these areas will also become compacted. By aerating your lawn in these areas and applying a top dressing will improve the condition and help new grass seedlings to grow into the soil.

Is your dog causing damage to your lawnWe know you love your dogs but you also want your lawn to be lush green and healthy, a lawn that you can be proud of. We would love to help you find the ideal solution so both your dog and lawn can get along.

Why not contact us for a FREE lawn review service? One of our local lawn care professionals will visit your lawn and identify any issues it may have.