AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME TO KILL LAWN WEEDS

If you find yourself staring out at your lawn in frustration, thinking about how one Summer could have turned your lawn into a blanket of weeds….. you aren’t alone.

 

We get many calls from lawn owners at this time of the year looking for help, when they realise their lawn is not in great shape. Many have tried DIY lawn care which haven’t delivered the results they hoped for or perhaps the lawn care company they hired didn’t do the best job. Either way, nobody wants to be faced with a lawn full of grassy and broadleaf weeds.

Weeds are inevitable – It’s how you control them that matters. It takes time and effort to address weed problems in your lawn and hard surfaces around your garden.

AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME TO KILL LAWN WEEDSSo what to do about it?

 

Don’t wait until Spring! – A big mistake is to wait until the Spring time to start working on your lawn. Autumn is the ideal time to work on and transform your lawn. At this time of the year weeds are diverting their energy to their expanding root system. As many weed varieties have already flowered they are now concentrating on their growth underground.

Weeds need to be controlled not only because they are unsightly, but because they also compete with other desirable grasses for light, water, space and nutrients which are needed in order for them to thrive.

Get selective when choosing Weed Control

 

There are no single herbicides that will provide control of all types of weeds. All herbicides contain more than one ingredient to cover a broader spectrum of weeds. Make sure you choose a weed killer that will effectively control the weeds you intend to remove.

If you are unsure what type of weed control to choose then just let us take the hard work and effort away for you, we can visit you and your lawn to discuss weed control and other lawn care issues you may have.

You can see more about our Services and what we can do for you here or just contact us, we provide a FREE lawn survey where one of our local lawn care professionals will arrange a visit with you to discuss any lawn care issues you may have and provide a solution that works for YOU and YOUR lawn.

A great lawn care company will treat weeds early enough in the Autumn which results in your weeds to be effectively eradicated …..and quickly.

For that lush green beautiful lawn in the Spring and Summer act now! We can help with Weeds, Over-Seeding and many other lawn care services that will get your lawn looking like one you will be proud of.  Just contact us, we will provide a FREE survey of your lawn and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider.

 

 

LATE AUTUMN SEEDING…IS IT TOO LATE?

We all know it appears each and every year, but somehow this Autumn appeared rather suddenly and a lot of lawn owners we have spoken to just aren’t prepared for Autumn lawn care. Before Winter appears……yes I did say that, don’t let Autumn get away from you and you realised you never got around to seeding your lawn.

Over time lawns can become thin and patchy, this could be due to excessive wear and tear or a result of insect of fungal disease. Sometimes your lawn just needs thickening up to improve it’s appearance. An application of seed to your lawn can really make a difference…..but only done at the right time of the year.

As temperatures get colder and it starts to look less than ideal to seed you lawn, the last thing you need to do is waste your time and money seeding your lawn only to get poor results.

 

We visit thousands of lawns and we won’t apply treatments or apply lawn seed when the conditions aren’t right. Although most lawn owner’s know that watering your lawn is important for grass growth, it is also important to have the right soil temperature and conditions. If the soil temperature gets below about 12 °, seeds will struggle to germinate. Young vulnerable seedlings will also be in danger of frost or even snow and therefore won’t make it through to Spring.

Late Autumn Seeding....is it too late?We all know that our Seasons’ temperatures can change dramatically, it is not unusual to get snow in October and then November comes around and we feel the warmth of sunshine again. We are often hearing our Customers asking….So when is it safe to seed my lawn?

Autumn will make it easier to keep seed moist during germination, young seedlings will have better growing conditions without extreme heat. Any weeds you had in your lawn that compete with your grass should be dead and diseases under control for the rest of the year. It is important to note that any Weed and Disease herbicides cannot be sprayed on new seedlings without injuring or even killing them.

In the ideal world, new grass will have the Autumn and Spring to mature before having to face the stress of heat, mowing, watering, wear and tear etc. During the Summer and harsh cold conditions of the Winter.

Late Autumn Seeding......is it too late?If you have any concerns about Lawn Seeding at this time of the year just contact us, we can inspect your lawn and provide a FREE on-site survey and be able to answer any questions you may have.

Whether you are planning to sow new grass seed on a new lawn or need to over-seed an existing lawn to help thicken it, you should plan your seeding and ask yourself these important questions:

1. Has the soil been prepared, including loosening and adding soil nutrients if needed?
2. Have weeds been eliminated?
3. Have any pests or disease problems been resolved?
4. Are you prepared to water the germinating seeds for the next 2 to 3 weeks, as often as 3 times a day?
5. Will you be able to keep traffic to a minimum on the reseeded areas for the next 4 to 6 weeks, or even longer?

If you answer YES to all of the above, then you are on the way to getting the results you want when seeding your lawn……If the weather permits! If you answer NO, then you are not ready.

At Lawnscience we would recommend getting your Autumn seeding completed by the second week of November, at the latest.

 

If lawn seed germinates successfully and you are able to mow just as Winter shows up, then you shouldn’t have any concerns about your new seeds progress, however if your seedlings are very small and not worth cutting then they will probably not survive a Winter frost or snow.

We visit thousands of lawns, and we work with our Customers to plan their lawn care programme in order for them to get their lawn looking lush, green and healthy. Whenever possible, start to plan your Autumn seeding in the Summer and ideally after your lawn has had a Scarification.

If you would like to discuss how seeding can improve your lawn, but you are not sure when to do this, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience lawn review service? One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a free lawn review with you, and be able to discuss seeding and any other lawn issues you may have. To take advantage of this opportunity just contact us.

When Can I Mow My Lawn After Seeding?

Over time lawns can become thin and patchy, this is down to a number of reasons whether it is excessive wear and tear or a result of insect or fungal attack. Lawns can often need thickening up to improve their appearance and will benefit from seeding or over-seeding. When this process has been carried out it is time to think about how to maintain it and when to start mowing to help develop it into the lush green and healthy lawn that you dream of.

As a professional lawn care company we carry out a variety of services when we seed our customer’s lawns. We may start a lawn from scratch with bare soil, or carry out a renovation which will include aeration and seeding. We love lawn care and we know that the correct over-seeding on a lawn is critical to how it grows and develops into a lush green and healthy lawn.

A common question that lawn owners ask us either before they have their lawns seeded or afterwards is “Can I mow my lawn after seeding and when?” After all they don’t want to damage their lawn after investing time and money into getting it into great shape.

Newly seeded lawnWe want to give you great advice when it comes to lawn care and we would recommend following these guidelines after your lawn has been seeded.

 

  •  Leave your newly seeded lawn for at least two weeks, and longer if possible, before you attempt to mow it. This will allow the new seed time to develop roots

  •  Mow newly seeded areas at approximately 3” high from the first 4-6 weeks after the seeds have germinated – This means mowing a little higher than usual. If grass blades  are a little taller it will help retain moisture as they will shade the soil better.

  •  If you have a large area to mow, where possible try to use a walk-behind lawn mower for the first month after new grass germinates – It may take a little more time and effort,  but if you do this for a couple of mowings it will really benefit and help your new lawn establish itself

  • Be extra careful when turning your mower – Turning your mower too vigorously can tear out new plants. Where possible try to take longer rounder turns. This is most  important when using a ride on mower.

  •  Don’t mow when the ground is soft and muddy – When the ground is too soft and muddy it can cause ruts and your footprints may well sink in which will ruin your seeded  lawn. New grass plants are fragile and easily damaged. Be careful as they will get buried into the ground in these conditions.

  •  Mulching is preferable to collecting grass clippings – The compost you will create with mulched grass clippings will help to retain much needed moisture for new grass plants  and also provide them with more nutrients.

 

Whether you are growing a new lawn or renovating an existing lawn it can be exciting watching it develop and become a lush green and healthy lawn. However there may be issues along the way and if this is the case why not contact us at Lawnscience? One of local lawn care professionals can visit you and your lawn and inspect it’s condition. We can advise you of any issues it may have and provide a great solution. Our Lawn Review Services are FREE, so don’t hesitate just contact us if you need help.