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.

 

Unexplained Burnt Patches of Lawn?

If you are concerned about burnt patches on your lawn and have no idea how this happened, you may have to do some detective work.

 

As a professional lawn care company we visit thousands of lawns and we see lawns that have been burned. Finding out why this happened starts by first asking the right questions and then providing the right diagnosis.

Is your lawn dying for a drink?

 

Our weather is changeable through the seasons and a downpour of rain over one or two days may lead you to think your lawn has had a good drink. This is not the case though. If your lawn has received 1 -2 inches of rain in less than 30 days and the sun has been hot it may leave your lawn with brown patches. A lawn that has regular watering especially during the hotter weather will be healthier and lush green. Read more about watering your lawn here.

Are there Lawn Diseases on your lawn?

 

If your lawn is looking a little under the weather it may be infected with a Lawn Disease. All lawns will suffer from Lawn Fungal Disease at some time. Lawn Fungal Diseases will damage your lawn and cause areas of your lawn to badly discolour. Signs of Fungal disease infection will be the appearance of “straw” coloured or burnt looking patches within the lawn, these Fungi can cause areas to discolour very quickly and could take over your lawn. Read more about Lawn Diseases here.

Are there nuisance lawn pests around?

 

There are certain insects that are a real nuisance to your lawn. The most common that cause damage to lawns are the Leatherjacket and Chafer Grub. The first signs of an infestation will be an increased activity on your lawn from birds and wildlife, such as badgers and foxes, as Grubs are a perfect meal for them. Other visible signs of Leatherjacket and Chafer Grub damage will be the brown patches and unevenness of your lawn. One way of seeing how damaged your lawn is will be by tugging on the grass, it will lift up very easily. Read more about Leatherjackets and Chafer Grubs here.

Dog urine damage in lawnMan’s best friend?

 

Your dog might be your best friend, but it’s not always your lawn’s best friend. A number of our customers ask why straw coloured patches are appearing on their lawns. The problem can be their best friend as the damage to the lawn is caused by the urea within the dog’s urine. Dog urine contains a large amount of urea. When your dog urinates on your lawn it has such a strong concentrated level of nitrogen, that your grass will be destroyed leaving ugly patches of dead grass. You can dilute the urine but this has to be done soon after your dog has urinated, by pouring a bucket or two of water over the area. This may not be practical so keep your lawn moist by regular irrigation and this will help to dilute the urine. Read more about Dogs and Lawns here.

DIY Chemical (Herbicide) damage?

 

When applying DIY weed killers to your lawn it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct mixture and time to spray your weeds. Never use a product that is missing a label! Also read important information on how the herbicide you are deciding on using may affect your grass lawn. Another issue may be the sprayer you use. Was the same sprayer used previously for any other chemicals, such as insecticide spray, paint thinner, bleach or other weed killers?

If in doubt about applying any chemicals to your lawn why not contact Lawnscience, your local lawn care company? All our professionals are fully trained in the safe application of herbicides and will take great care of your lawn.

We have talked about some of the reasons why your lawn has brown or burnt looking patches, but if these are not the cause there are other reasons like filling your petrol mower when it was on your lawn and there was an amount of fuel spillage, or maybe you have been doing DIY building around the home recently and you may have washed equipment out and used detergents and cleaning products such as ammonia, bleach and de-greasers which will cause burnt areas to your lawn.

If you are unsure about exactly why your lawn has burnt looking patches it is a great idea to contact a professional lawn care company before you attempt to fix it. They will be able to visit your lawn and inspect the issues and provide a solution.

Finding the right solution that is right for you and your lawn requires knowledge and effort. If you would like a FREE review of your lawn why not contact us? One of our local lawn care professionals can help with all your lawn issues and get your lawn looking lush green and healthy again.