Is DIY lawn care a good idea?

In most gardens the lawn takes up the majority of the space and as most of us take a great deal of pleasure from our gardens, maintaining the look of our lawn is crucial. Thankfully, the work we put into our lawns gives us an almost immediate benefit, not many garden tasks reward us a instantly as seeing the results of a freshly mown lawn on a fine Summers day, but looking after all the needs of a lawn, can be frustrating to say the least. Many of the customers who start our lawn care service tell us they have wasted money, time and effort only to achieve poor results from DIY lawn care.

Regular comments we hear are:


“I’m really not sure what the issue is.”
Lawns can be frustrating if you are inexperienced in lawn care. A brown patch could be fertiliser burn, herbicide damage, drought stress, Leatherjacket damage, Chafer Grub damage, Fusarium, Red Thread or a compaction issue. It takes knowledge and experience in order to identify the issue and then prescribe the correct solution. If you are trying to resolve issues with your lawn and you are not sure of the true cause, you will waste time, effort and expense playing a guessing game.

“I don’t seem to be able to buy the professional quality products.”
DIY stores and garden centres sell an extensive range of lawn care products, but these are not the products professional lawn care companies use. All lawn care professionals should have the correct qualifications that enable them to purchase and apply commercial quality products which are far more effective than their DIY counterparts.

“I think that I have killed my lawn”
In lawn care, mistakes can be costly; using a “total” herbicide as opposed to a “selective” herbicide can easily result in your entire lawn being killed. Even using a poorly cleaned sprayer can have the same effect if it contains a small amount of “total” herbicide. Professionals protect against these risks by having separate spraying equipment, but at over £130 a sprayer this is a costly investment……which most house owners are not willing to make.

“I never seem to have the time”
In order to get the best results, timing is critical, which can be frustrating when it rains on the day you have put aside for applying herbicide or similar lawn treatment. A quality lawn care company will always take the risk out of applications by providing a guarantee of quality so you don’t have to worry.

At Lawnscience we are not saying that you cannot create and maintain a really great lawn yourself, but its an awful lot easier and quite often cheaper to let a professional take care of the complicated treatments leaving you more time to enjoy your garden. After all that is what its supposed to be about.

If you would like to free up your time and take the hassle out of looking after your lawn just call us. We will provide you with a FREE survey and consultation in order that you can make the right choice for you.