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.

 

 

Spring Feeding Lawns

Have you taken a look around your lawn recently? At this time of year our lawns may look like they need a bit of boost as they emerge from Winter dormancy.

An early Fertilisation for Spring will be beneficial for your lawn, as it will help increase your lawn’s much needed nutrients.

Before you consider applying a Fertiliser to your lawn it is important to have performed the first mowing of the Spring, as it will help stimulate your lawn’s growth and will be more receptive to some quality feeding after the Winter months.

Like all living organisms grass needs nutrients to survive and thrive. Soil will naturally provide some of the nutrients required for a great lawn, but most soils will not be able to provide the correct level of all of the required nutrients, this is when Fertilisation is necessary.

A regular application of the correct and seasonally balanced Fertiliser, is key to maintain the health and appearance of your lawn. Throughout the year your lawn needs different amounts of specific chemical elements which will assist in the various processes that naturally take place within the grass plant.

A fertiliser containing Nitrogen and Magnesium is ideal for the early growth of your lawn and at the same time will improve your lawn’s colour. Alongside Fertilisation a selective herbicide can be applied to control early weed germination.

There are two main types of Lawn Fertiliser.

• Manufactured or Inorganic Fertiliser, where the nutrients are synthesised or manufactured. These fertilisers are normally more concentrated and provide quicker results
• Organic fertiliser. This type of fertiliser will be created from animal sources or plant nutrients. They tend to be slower acting as the material has to be broken down by organisms within the soil before the nutrients are available to the grass plants.

You can read more about Lawn Fertilisation here.

 

A great lawn care company will provide fertiliser applications for lawns throughout the year as part of its annual treatments cycle.

We visit thousands of lawns across the country and understand that no two lawns are alike. Your lawn may have a great deal of sun or it may have to deal with a lot of shade. There are lots of factors that make a huge difference in what your lawn needs to thrive and look healthy lush and green.

If you are unsure what Fertiliser to select or you want a fully trained lawn care professional to take the hard work away for you, just contact us and we can arrange a FREE on-site lawn survey with you.

 

 

TIME TO DUST OFF YOUR LAWNMOWER AND GET IT READY FOR YOUR LAWN’S FIRST CUT

The first cut, or mowing of the year is an important time for you and your lawn.

 

In March, when the sun starts to warm up the soil, your lawn will slowly but surely start to grow and you will think it is time to make that first cut. However, be patient as that all important first cut should be made around 2 – 3 weeks after your lawn has sprouted.

TIME TO DUST OFF YOUR LAWNMOWER AND GET IT READY FOR YOUR LAWN’S FIRST CUTBefore mowing, give your lawn a good stiff raking with a regular lawn rake, this will help remove any surface thatch and help prepare the surface of the lawn for cutting. This is a good opportunity for you to take a good close look at your lawn as it may have some issues that need fixing in preparation for the Spring and Summer Months. If you are unsure what to look for we can visit your lawn and provide a thorough lawn survey, this is a FREE inspection of your lawn.

Here are a few… but very important steps to consider before you dust off your lawn mower, get it out of storage and start to mow your lawn.

 

You may have read our Blog 10 Great Tips on how to prepare your lawn mower for storage over winter. If you followed these tips then your lawn mower should be in great shape for it’s first outing this year.

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to follow our tips about storing your lawnmower, as we have some more great maintenance tips here:

 

Check your lawnmower before mowing: Make sure it is clean from any debris.

Check that any screws are secure and tight.

Wipe underneath your lawnmower with a damp cloth to prevent any grass build-up. If you use a light oil you can help stop it from rusting.

Check the wheels making sure that they are moving freely. Tighten any bolts if they are loose.

Is the air filter grimy? If so, replace it and then check again each month.

Make sure the blade is good and sharp. If you don’t want to maintain your mower’s blade yourself, you can contact a local lawnmower company to do this for you. If your lawnmower’s blade is not sharp it will tear at your grass blades instead of giving them a sharp clean cut.

Petrol powered lawnmowers need to make sure the oil level and spark plugs are checked. Fuel can go stale over time so if you forgot to empty the petrol tank before you stored your lawnmower away for the Winter give it a good clean out and fill with new fuel.

Your lawn won’t appreciate a scalping the first time ….just take off a little. Make sure you aren’t scalping your lawn. No matter what time of year you are mowing. We advise taking of approximately 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. You can set your mower at its highest setting and see how that looks, then just adjust where necessary.

You shouldn’t wait too long for the second cut. The timing of this cut can be weather dependent but you can see how your grass is growing and judge when to cut again. Remember, the best practice is to only take off about 1/3 of the grass blade. It is not unusual in the Spring to have plenty of rainfall and this may mean that you mow more frequently, say every 3-6days. This will help create a good dense lawn and keep your lawn looking lovely, lush and green

If you are concerned about your lawn’s condition we can visit your lawn and carry out a thorough inspection to see if it has any issues. We can discuss a solution with you and we will get you on the way to a great, lush green lawn that you dream of.

Just contact us for a FREE no obligation lawn survey.  A great way to start the year off for you and your lawn.