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.

 

 

The Benefits of Top Dressing

Top Dressing is a great way to improve your lawn’s condition. Top Dressing a lawn is the application of a high quality mixture of graded sand and loam/soil to the surface of a lawn to improve soil conditions and lawn health. This is done by using a drag mat over the lawn applying a thin layer of this mixture. Having Top Dressing applied on a regular basis will greatly improve the health and appearance of a lawn and much improve your soil’s condition.

Another great reason to apply Top Dressing is to smooth out undulations in your lawn’s surface. The type of material used depends upon the depth of the undulations. Where there are small undulations a quality mixture of graded sand and loam/soil can be applied. This allows the current grass to be able to grow through the Top Dressing. When the undulations are more substantial a soil Top Dressing would be much more suitable with new seed being applied after the Top Dressing.

All lawns are different and a lawn is only as good as the soil that it is growing in.

 

If you want to have your lawn’s condition inspected why not take advantage of the Lawnscience FREE Lawn Review Service. One of our local lawn care professionals can advise you on the correct solution for your lawn.

If you see a lawn with beautiful, healthy and lush green grass it most likely has had some great quality Top Dressing applied.

 

Top Dressing is a proven way to improve the quality of your lawn’s root zone resulting in:

 

Increasing Microbial Activity – Microorganisms will exist in great soils and they will help with the uptake of essential nutrients, making nutrients available for the grass plants that make up your lawn. These microorganisms can also help break down the Thatch layers that have developed by decomposing it.

Soil Conditioning Improve Soil Condition – A great healthy lawn will no doubt have quality soil beneath it. Ideally it will have between 7″-12″ of top soil, which is rich in organic matter. The soil structure won’t have too much sand or clay in it. This ideal condition will develop fibrous grass roots that will grow at least 7″-12″ down, this helps them find the much needed moisture when there are drought conditions. Because the soil will be well-drained it will deter the grass roots from decomposing in a water-logged environment.

Intensify Seed Germination – When Top Dressing follows a core Aeration and an application of Over-seeding, the germination of the seed will be intensified. This process covers the new grass seeds, retaining moisture and providing great contact between the soil and seeds helping them to root.

When is the best time to Top Dress a Lawn?

 

Basically lawns can have an application of Top Dressing nearly any time during periods of grass growth, which is usually between April – October. Traditionally a great Lawn Care company will apply Top Dressing during late Spring and early Autumn, as part of a great lawn care programme.

After a Top Dressing has been applied your lawn may appear to look slightly off colour and dirty. Don’t worry……this is down to the thin layer of mixture applied but it will settle into your lawn’s grass, especially after rainfall or manual irrigation.

If you are looking to improve your lawn by applying Top Dressing, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience FREE lawn review service? One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a FREE lawn review service for you and your lawn. Take advantage of this opportunity just contact us at Lawnscience today.

 

When Is The Best Time To Over-Seed my Lawn?

Sometimes your lawn can become thin and patchy. This may be down to excessive wear and tear, an insect or fungal attack, drought stress, or it just might need thickening up a little to make it look lush green and healthy again. This is when an application of seed can really make a difference. The process is called over-seeding and it helps to thicken and improve your lawn’s appearance.

When is the best time to seed my lawnWe visit thousands of lawns and we often get asked ” When is the best time to over-seed my lawn? ” If you over-seed your lawn at the wrong time, it can not only waste your time and money but can actually make things worse.

At Lawnscience we over-seed our customers’ lawns in Spring and Autumn. At these times of the year the ground temperature is warm enough for the seed to germinate and quite often the weather provides a little help with watering. We over-seed after a Scarification of the lawn has been carried out; this ensures that the soil surface is opened up sufficiently for the seed to make good ground contact.

There are other factors to consider when seeding your lawn

 

Your lawn may be shady or it needs to be more resilient to deal with children playing, or pets on your lawn. Or you may want a premium seed mixture to create a lush green lawn. Choosing the right seed mixture to compliment and improve your lawn can be a little daunting.

If you need help with deciding on what mix of seed to select, just contact your local lawn care professional as they will have a range of premium mixtures that will add new life to your lawn. Make sure that an inspection of your lawn is carried out first, so the best recommendation and solution for you and your lawn can be made.

Getting grass seed to grow can be a challenge, even when it is done correctly and at the right time. We would love to visit you and your lawn and provide the best solution to get that lush green and healthy lawn you dream of.

We offer a FREE review service of your lawn and will inspect its condition before any recommendations are made. Contact your local Lawnscience professional for help with seeding or any other lawn care issues you may have.