Laying Turf

Want good quality turf laid by experts to give you a healthy looking lawn?
If you are landscaping a new garden or you just want to replace flower beds or tree stumps with attractive turf.

If you are thinking about artificial turf – artificial grass (some people incorrectly call it Astra Turf ). Think carefully and ask the supplier how long it will stay green before the ultra violet rays in the sun bleach it yellow? Artificial grass is not cheap so you want to make sure it will last more than a few years.

Please contact us for a free lawn survey or quote before you decide to remove your old lawn and lay new turf or reseed your lawn.

  • We will even tell you how to save money by showing you how we may be able to rescue/ improve your existing lawn and avoid paying for a new lawn – even if your lawn is full of weeds and moss we may be able to save you money and salvage your lawn.
  • We supply and deliver turf to people and lay hundreds of square metres of lawns per year.
  • Our quotes are free of charge and easy to read.
  • We can even put a treatment program in place returning periodically to keep the lawn looking good after we have laid them.
  • We use hard wearing utility turf that is ideal for the local conditions.
  • Our prices for turf and for installing are great value for money and our teams are experienced, quick efficient and clean up leaving the premises like they found them.
  • We can provide you with an easy to read very competitive written quote and can lay a new lawn within 10 days of you contacting us – in many cases we can be there in less time.
  • We can level and over seed lawns – scarify them to remove dead moss and thatch. We spike and aerate lawns to relieve compacted soil and improve surface drainage – we also install drainage.

Call us for a free survey tell us how large the area you need turf for and we will send you quote by email or text.

Our lawns look really good but do you really need to spend money on a new lawn?

We may be able to save you lots of money by treating your existing lawn and improving the appearance by applying professional fertilisers to improve the health and condition of your lawn or grass.You may think your lawn is beyond repair but we can salvage lawns at a much lower price than it would cost you paying for new turf. Lawn and weed expert are very experienced at controlling -killing – removing weeds from lawns using safe but effective selective systemic herbicides that kill weeds including their roots.

We provide lawn care services throughout Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Port Talbot, Neath, Merthyr, Maesteg, Bridgend, Porthcawl, Cowbridge, Barry, Penarth, Pontypridd, Monmouth, Chepstow, Caldicot, Abergavenny, nearly everywhere with a CF NP or SA post code.

Leather jackets and Schaefer grubs can destroy a lawn in less than 10 days. It is important that you are made aware of what to look out for and identify the tell-tale signs of leather jacket (Crane fly larvae) of Schaeffer grub infestations?

All lawns less than 5 years old can be susceptible to attacks from crane fly larvae or leather jackets. Crane fly can lay thousands of eggs in the summer the eggs hatch out and the larvae start to eat the roots of the grass. If the grass roots are young succulent and tender the larvae can destroy or damage the root and the grass will die from lack of moisture. If the grass is older and more established the roots are tougher and bitter and the larvae cannot damage them.

WE ALSO HELP PEOPLE LOOK AFTER THEIR LAWNS by telling when to cut and how much to cut and when to water etc.

Please email and ask us for our information sheets  “Basic Lawn Care Tips”

Chafer Grub Killing And Control Services

Lawn Care and Weed Control

Larvae or grub of the chafer beetle. Fortunately not a huge problem in South Wales due to the heavier clay soils we have in the area. Lawns laid on ground prepared with sand can be prone to damage from chafer grubs as will gardens in sandy light soil areas such as Porthcawl and Ogmore.

The grubs have a creamy white, plump, curled shrimp like appearance with 3 sets of legs and brown mouth parts. They are the size of a 20 pence piece and live just below the soil surface eating the roots of your grass. The eggs are laid in the spring and the larvae or grubs hatch and eat the roots of the grass. The chafer grubs continue to eat the roots of the grass until they hibernate in the winter.

Obvious tell tale signs are areas of turf browning the areas damaged can rapidly increase in size as the grubs continue to eat. In some cases the damage is so great and quick it is possible to lift sections of turf off the ground and roll it up like a mat as the grass roots have been disconnected from the turf.

Birds swarming on the lawn pecking the turf is another sign that you have some infestation as the grubs are a popular food source for birds and even foxes and other wildlife as large as badgers eat the grubs.

Damage increases as the numbers and size of the chafer grub increases through the summer. They prefer sandy soils and will borrow deeper into the soil during periods of cold weather from November onwards.

If you think you have chafer grub problems or any lawn care problems call us and we can offer advice and help identify the cause of your problems.

Treatment is relatively simple and inexpensive but not generally available. The relevant pesticide must be applied by a competent professional and once applied the treatment is usually fully effective within 72 hours. Lawn and Weed Expert has treated numerous lawns for insect damage and in addition to stopping the damage increasing, controlling the cause of the problem we can assist or offer you lawn advice to help you repair your damaged lawn.

Watering, Mowing, and Looking After Your Lawn

Watering My Lawn

Lawns will begin to show signs of stress after approx one week without moisture. Lawns that require watering will start to lose their lush shiny appearance then dull before developing brown patches. Grass short of moisture also stays flat after you have walked on it. Just like a flower, grass wilts when it needs water. Here are some tips to make the grass more drought tolerant. Reducing how much you cut off the grass plant by raising the height you are cutting the grass will reduce grass stress in the short term by retaining more moisture in the plant.

If you can water make sure you water your lawn heavily once or twice a week rather than a small amount every evening. Watering too frequently keeps the upper soil moist and encourages the grass roots to grow towards the surface searching for water making them less drought tolerant. Getting the moisture deep into the soil encourages root penetration. Grass with long healthy roots can handle droughts better. Stay off the lawn when it is very dry as you may damage the grass. Avoid watering in the late evening. Early morning and mid afternoon are the better times.

Thatch on the surface and in the sub soil will absorb moisture stopping it getting into the soil and to the roots. Thatch should be removed by scarifying and aerating to allow moisture to penetrate into the soil and roots. Top dressing after aeration or spiking with a sand based top dressing will help keep the holes created open longer improving soil ventilation.

Wetting agents. Making your lawn more drought tolerant and curing Dry Patch.

Brown patches in the lawn can be caused by a fungus which makes the soil hydrophobic. Wetting agents can be used in periods of drought to reduce the effects dry patch can have on your lawn. (See dry patch in turf diseases.) Wetting agents are applied to the lawn and encourage the maximum usage and absorption of moisture by the soil and help treat areas of grass affected by dry patch. Dry patch can severely weaken large areas of grass in any lawn it affects.

Dry patch. Hydrophobic dry patch.

During periods of dry weather a fungus builds up around the soil particles and will have an effect of repelling the water droplets in the soil. A severe case of dry patch will result in the soil almost being unable to absorb water and any rain will run across the surface of the soil like rain on a glass plate. The grass suffers as moisture is not reaching down to the roots. Aerating your soil by spiking or hollow tine aeration combined with an application of a wetting agent to tackle the fungal disease will improve the water absorption properties of the soil and benefit the grass. Dry patch is an increasing problem in our dry windy summers.

Leaves and Shade.

Do not let leaves or any other debris remain covering the grass for more than a 3 or 4 days. If the grass does not receive light for a few days it will start to yellow and will die. If you have areas of lawn that are heavily shaded by tree branches the grass will suffer. Do not cut grass in shaded areas as short as other parts of the lawn. If you can raise the crown of the tree by removing the lower branches and let sunlight onto the lawn this will help. Trees will compete with grass for moisture and nutrients. Trees take less water and nutrients in the Autumn so that is the best time to give the grass plenty of fertiliser and moisture to help it develop. Collect or move leaves and debris as quickly as possible.

Mowing

Mowing is the key to lawn care so these tips can help make sure your not contributing to your lawn problems:

  • Try to alternate the direction of your cut
  • The first cut of the year in the spring should be on a high setting for a slight trim to tidy up the lawn and collect debris.
  • Gradually decrease the height until you are leaving the grass at about 1.5 + inches
  • Never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass at any one time.
  • If the grass grows long before you can cut it, holidays bad weather etc, remember the 1/3 rule.
  • If you have the time mow twice a week in the summer and once a week in the spring and autumn, once a week during dry periods.
  • Make sure the blade is sharp and the mower does not leak petrol
  • Do not fill the mower with petrol while it is on the lawn
  • Clippings should be collected
  • Get your mower regularly serviced including sharpening your blades

Mow around the edge of your lawn first to ensure you have a turning border taking care that the wheels do not drop off the edge and scalp the grass. Starting from one side mow and then turn at the far edge. Line your mower to slightly overlap the strip that you have cut. Empty the grass box regularly as a full box will leave clippings on the grass or clog the mower. Try to avoid mowing on frosty or wet days. Never cut the lawn shorter than 1.5 inches. In periods of dry weather raise the cut to allow the grass to retain more moisture and be slightly more drought tolerance.

Lawns in Shady Conditions

Grass under shade is prone to deteriorate if it does not receive enough light. Grass under trees competes for sunlight, nutrients, water and suffers from the drip off the canopy. Shade tolerant grasses also require at least 4- 5 hours of sunlight each day. Cut the lawn less frequently and do not cut too short. Fertilise in the autumn when the trees will not compete and take in the fertiliser. Regular over seeding with shade tolerant seed mixes will help to restore weak areas under any reasonable shade. Even shade tolerant seed requires some light. Over seeding is best carried out in the autumn to avoid competing with the trees for food on the soil

Lawn Recovery after drought

  • Consider applying a wetting agent to help the soil absorb moisture and save evaporation and run off of moisture
  • Scarify and aerate your lawn to remove dead thatch and open up the soil surface improving ventilation. Apply a fertiliser high in phosphorous and potassium to assist rooting but low in nitrogen to avoid surge growth.
  • Over seed sparse areas of the lawn in conditions of wet warm weather.
  • Apply a moss control to stop moss colonising during the damp winter weather
  • Raising the height you are cutting the grass will reduce grass stress in the short term by retaining more moisture in the plant.
  • If you can water make sure you water heavily once or twice a week rather than a small amount every evening. Watering too frequently keeps the upper soil moist and encourages the roots of the grass to grow towards the surface searching for water making them less drought tolerant.
  • Stay off the lawn when it is very dry as you may damage the grass.
  • Thatch on the surface and in the sub soil will absorb moisture stopping it getting into the soil and roots. Thatch should be removed by scarifying and aeration carried out to allow moisture to penetrate into the soil. Top dressing with a sand based top dressing will help keep the ventilation holes created open longer.

Controlling the rate of growth

Growth regulators are produced that slows down the rate that grass grows at. An application a few weeks before you go away on holiday for example, will slow down the rate of grass growth to the point that on your return your garden may look a little untidy but certainly won’t resemble a jungle!

Lawn Top Dressing Service

Lawn Care and Weed ControlTop dressing is a vital part of lawn care maintenance and can be a key factor in making critical long term improvements to the health and condition and hence the appearance of any lawn.

The soil that a lawn depends on plays a major part in the development of the lawn. If you have thin sandy soils which are common in some areas of Porthcawl and Ogmore or heavy clay soils such as the soils in North Cardiff they are not ideal for lawns and you may need to consider influencing the nature of your top soil by top dressing. You can significantly improve the quality of your top soil by adding a specific mixture of top dressing to compliment and gradually change the properties of your existing soil.

If your lawn has heavy clay soil introducing a layer of fine sandy soil top dressing on the surface will stimulate grass growth, encourage greater rooting, improve surface drainage allowing the soil surface to dry out quicker thereby reducing the opportunity for moss to develop. Serious drainage problems can be solved by introducing simple land drainage. If you spike or hollow tine aerate your lawn and then top dress the sandy soil will find its way into the holes improving ventilation and reducing compaction.

Prevention is always better than the cure and preventing compaction and limiting damp soil surfaces will certainly make it more difficult for moss to develop. Thick healthy well fed grass also makes it difficult for weeds to develop.

Top dressing is labour intensive and sourcing the right quality top dressing can be difficult and expensive when delivery costs are calculated.. Approx 5kg of top dressing will cover 1 square metre. Grass seed can be added to the top dressing to thicken up the lawn. Top dressing is comparable to varnishing a boat several layers have to be applied over a period of time.

Lawn and weed expert provides its customers with a comprehensive top dressing service which can be incorporated into the lawn care program at any time. It is most effective in the Autumn, early Winter, Spring and early summer particularly if you want to add grass seed to the mix. Lawn and Weed Expert can make top dressing your lawn a simple exercise. We order, source and spread the top dressing, working the dressing into your lawn using a level lute or drag mat. If you do your own top dressing take care not to cover the grass with too much dressing as this may damage the grass.

Most lawn problems are caused by damp soil surfaces and thin grass growth due to, poorly fertilised and compacted soil . Combining spiking or hollow tine aeration and top dressing with over seeding is a significant proactive process improving the soil conditions and when combined with other seasonal treatments of fertiliser and herbicide helps to thicken up the grass and pre-empt other lawn problems.

Lawn Aeration and Spiking Service

Hollow tine aeration

Soil, particularly heavy clay soils has a tendency to compact. The soil particles get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall or traffic on the surface making it difficult for moisture and gases essential for grass development to flow freely back and for through the soil to the roots and surfafoot ce leading to poor root development. Poorly developed roots -lead to weak grass and poor drought and disease tolerance.

Our Lawn Aeration Service is Quick, Affordable, & Highly Effective. Call us today and you can also take advantage of our Free Lawn Care Survey worth £25 (click here to visit our contacts page).

Compacted ground can have serious consequences for any lawn but can be cured by simply aerating the soil. Lawn and Weed Expert can easily aerate your lawn and relieve compaction. We have professional aerating machines that move across the lawn surface punching metal spikes 2- 3 inches into the ground making hundreds of small holes in the lawn. The spikes can be hollow to enable them to pull a soil core out of the ground which helps remove troublesome thatch as well as aerating the ground. Lawns should be regularly aerated to ensure that the grass roots are healthy and can develop.

The royal horticultural society recommend that laws are spiked every 2- 3 years and hollow tine aerated every 3- 4 years

Heavy soils will become compacted and need to be hollow tine aerated to reduce the effects of the compaction in the soil and can be top dressed with a 70 % sand loam mix to improve soil ventilation once every 3 – 4 years

Lawn Care & Treatment Special Offers

Special Offer – Free Lawn Spiking/Aeration

The heavy rainfall and snow have produced ideal conditions for moss development. The heavy snow and saturated soil have also compacted many lawns.

Lawn and weed expert have a Great Value for Money offer for you to help you remove the moss from your Lawn and improve aeration and surface drainage of your lawn.

Our Offer:

Have a 100 m2 lawn lightly scarified for £52 or have the lawn double scarified for £70 to include a free lawn aeration(all scarification     should take place after an application of moss control).

About Us And Our Lawn Care Treatment Services

Lawn Care and Weed Control

Lawn and weed expert has over 25 years combined green keeping and turf management experience and has been killing and controlling weeds and moss in thousands of lawns. All of our operators are trained and experienced. We are a privately owned local company, dedicated to providing efficient lawn treatment throughout South and West Wales and Gloucestershire.

Why Have Lawn Care Treatments?

Increasing numbers of Home owners want an alternative to buying inferior expensive products, spending time and effort applying them and finding the results disappointing.

Lawn and Weed Expert lawn care service provides a cheaper, easy to use, convenient alternative that gives you better and longer lasting results.

Lawns demand more than just having basic fertilisers applied to them. Lawn care is not complicated if you know what combination of essential nutrients such as nitrogen phosphorous, potassium and iron to name but a few to use. Our balanced feeds have more effective nutrients then the majority of products purchased in Garden Centres and importantly Lawn and Weed Expert knows when and under what weather conditions to use the relevant product.

We provide scarifying, aerating and top dressing services that allows your lawn to enjoy the same standard of lawn care as the local golf course and we use these professional treatments to control moss, weeds, lawn insects, worm casts, and grass and lawn diseases.

We have the experience, knowledge, products and equipment to ensure that your lawn enjoys better results and lower costs plus we do the work! We can even apply growth regulators to slow down the rate of growth reducing the frequency of mowing – very useful when you’re away on holidays.

Contact us and we will arrange to conduct a Free, no obligation, no pressure selling, detailed lawn survey. We produce a simple but comprehensive assessment of your lawn and to help you budget a suggested detailed program to improve and maintain your lawn – the majority of customers see our prices, contact us and ask us to go ahead.

Irrespective of the time of year our treatments will make a big difference to your lawn after a few days. Many customers recommend us to their friends and neighbours – approx 70 % of our enquiries come from customer recommendations.

We work with manufacturers to incorporate the latest ideas and techniques in our lawn care service. The products we use are effective and longer lasting than most garden centre products, we also do the work applying the relevant products and the cost is still cheaper than doing it your self. Many of the products we use are not available to the public or most general gardeners.

Lawn Analysis

Once you contact us we will agree a convenient time to meet you and survey your lawn (if you are busy you do not have to be at home as we can survey the lawn and leave our survey and recommendations at your property.) One of our experienced staff will visit your lawn and carry out the following analysis:

Visual inspection to assess:

  • Weed population – identifying common and difficult weeds
  • Assess the amount of moss present over the whole lawn
  • Identify the conditions in your garden that encourage moss
  • Identify grass species and health
  • Check for evidence of insect damage
  • Take core samples to check for: Soil composition, Sub surface level thatch, Surface level thatch, Check for acidity or alkalinity
  • Disease analysis
  • Mowing routine and mowing height

You can request your Free Lawn Survey by Clicking Here to Contact us.

Japanese Knotweed Removal & Control Services – UK Wide

Japanese Knotweed to be removed Donkey rhubarb, elephant ears, Japanese bamboo, American bamboo, Himalayan fleece vine are some of the other names given to the highly invasive Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed Damage

The damage that Knotweed can do belies the fact that it was originally introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant, but it soon became a menace with a reputation for damage and destruction including:

  • Weakening of house and building foundations
  • Integral damage of roads, pathways, and paved areas
  • Damage to free stanading structures such as walls & pillars
  • Destruction of native wild-life habitats
  • Unseen damage to underground pipes, drains, and ducting

Japanese Knotweed Control

Typical Japanese knotweed shield-like leavesOne of the main reasons for failure in controlling Japanese Knotweed lies in it’s root systems (rhizomes). These systems are incredibly extensive and deep rooted often extending some 3 metres into the ground and 6 metres outwards. If you kill just the visible part of the plant you can guarantee it won’t be the last you see of your Knotweed problem

By far the cheapest & most effective treatment for the removal of Knotweed is Safe Chemical Control.

Free Japanese Knotweed SurveyOur professionally administered treatments ensure that the right combination of herbicides is applied in the right place, at the right time, and such is our success at removing Knotweed that we guarantee you won’t see it again.

Our Knotweed Removal service is quick, affordable, & guaranteed to last, so don’t spend £1000’s on digging it out.

Knotweed Do’s & Dont’s

Dont’s

  • Do Not Cut And Remove Japanese Knotweed To Other Non-Specified Areas Yourself. It WILL Spread.
  • Do Not Use Strimmers Or Hedge Cutters. It WILL Spread
  • Do Not Attempt To Burn Knotweed Unless It Is Completely Dried Out. It Loves To Fly!
  • Do Not Attempt To Remove Knotweed From River Or Streambanks. Water Is One Of It’s Favourite Modes Of Transport. Call Us.
  • Do Not Use Unlicensed Chemicals Or Herbicides Either Near Water Or Near Other Plants, Grasses, Or Wildlife. You’ll Be Breaking The Law & May Kill Everything But The Knotweed!

Do’s

  • Do Check Regularly For The Appearance Of Knotweed Shoots, Especially If You Live Near A Waterway
  • Do Chat To Us Or Your Local Authority For Advice On The Correct Treatment And Disposal Of Japanese Knotweed
  • Do Treat Knotweed Immediately. The Sooner We Can Catch It The Less Chance It Will Spread.
  • Do Try To Isolate The Knotweed Before Treatment And Avoid Disturbing The Plant.

More On Japanese Knotweed

Knotweed has a , hollow stem with a bamboo like appearance. The plant can grow to heights of 5-6 metres. The leaves are spade shaped and produces chains of white flowers/seeds.

Originally native to Korea, China and Japan once introduced into Europe Japanese Knotweed has been very “successful “ and spread quickly to cover large areas particularly canal, railway sidings and levees. Stems emerge through concrete and tarmac with apparent ease. The plant is adaptable, tolerating various types of soils and appears to have a high tolerance for acidity alkalinity and salinity. In short it grows just about anywhere. Frost appears to damage the above surface stem and leaves but the rhizome or root system survives.

Lawn Care and Weed ControlThe plant has thick cuticle like skin on the leaf. The seeds are sterile The plant spreads by developing a large network of rhizome which root as far as 3 metres and can travel underground and spring up distances of up to 6-7 metres away from the parent plant. The plant is classified as invasive in the UK and can cause serious damage to brickwork and concrete of drains and buildings. Land owners have a legal obligation to control Knotweed on their land.

Control has to be focused on the rhizome in order to defeat this plant as it appears resistant to cutting coming back even stronger in some cases. Lawn and Weed Expert and its sister company Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd have a great track record controlling Japanese knotweed. We have killed Japanese knotweed for years and will continue to eradicate it for years to come. It is unnecessary to spend significant amounts of money. Digging out the plant (digging down 3 mtrs) is expensive as is transporting the soil and waste to a licensed site. All of this expensive work can be avoided if a sensible herbicide program is used.

For more information see our sister site www.japaneseknotweedremoval.co.uk

Our Lawn Care Services And How They Work.

What’s The Aim Of Our Specialist Lawn Treatments?

The aim of our professional lawn care treatments is simple:

Produce greener, healthier lawns
Rid your lawn of weeds, moss, and pests.
Provide one off or ongoing lawn maintenance treatments
Treat patches, blemishes & thatch
Work with you and advise on the seasonal upkeep of your lawn
What Type Of Treatment Does My Lawn Need And How Much Does It Cost?

When we survey your lawns we also prepare a lawn care treatment program for you. In this we can recommend treatments that will ensure your lawn has the appropriate nutrients it requires throughout the year. We will also help you decide what level of essential lawn care you require, and price the best possible plan to your budget.

If you’d like us to chat to you about additional lawn maintenance such as scarifying, aeration, spiking, top dressing and seeding just let us know, but we can often advise you about this during the survey.

Our 4 Seasonal Lawn Treatments

Late Winter Early Spring Lawn Care Treatment.

This can be the most important time of the year. There is plenty of moisture about and the ground is starting to warm – the grass plant responds by growing vigorously and requires the right amount and mix of nutrients to encourage the grass to take advantage of the growing conditions and enable it to grow and develop including:

Application of Specialist Fertiliser
Professional Feed for Healthy Growth
Treatment & Removal of Moss & Weeds
The long term Development of a Greener, Healthier Lawn
If the grass is short of food it will not grow healthily. Weak grass allows moss and weeds to develop. Our Spring lawn care program is designed to apply an application of the correct amount of specialist fertiliser to ensure the lawn has sufficient appropriate nutrients to supply the grass plants with the food to sustain vigorous grass growth throughout this important time of the year. Healthy rapid grass growth will limit weed, moss and annual meadow (couch) grass development. We also apply an efficient liquid systemic broad spectrum liquid herbicide to control common weeds such as dandelions, butter cups, daisies, plantains and start to control clover etc.

Early Summer Lawn Care Service

Application of slow controlled release no scorch fertiliser to encourage thick healthy growth in the grass. We change the balance of the nutrients in this feed increasing phosphorous and potassium and decreasing the nitrogen content as the demands of the grass plant change. There is sufficient nutrient in the fertiliser to nourish the grass for up to 10 – 13 weeks. Our fertilisers are slow controlled release and do not have to be watered in. However if the lawn is dry watering in will produce quicker results. A summer application of a broad spectrum systemic liquid herbicide is used to control both common and some of the more difficult weeds such as speedwell, trefoils and clover.

Late Summer Early Autumn Lawn Care Treatment.

The warm weather combined with damp conditions can make this time of year ideal for lawn diseases to attack the grass. Each time we treat your lawn we check for diseases. The late Summer early Autumn is the key time to start applying moss control to kill the moss in the lawn. Moss is the biggest problem faced by the majority of lawns particularly those lawns on clay soils. We apply another application of our broad spectrum liquid herbicide to control any new weed growth, plus a low nitrogen high potassium and phosphorous fertiliser for root development combined with an initial application of moss control.

Autumn Winter Lawn Care Treatment

An application of feed containing essential trace elements combined with a very heavy dose of moss control. It is vital that moss which is the biggest problem facing lawns is controlled and not allowed to develop in your lawn. Heavy moss will be controlled by our moss treatment but as the dead moss plant does not decompose easily the lawn may require scarifying to remove the dead moss and thatch from the lawn to create space to allow grass growth to regenerate. Over seeding with grass seed may also be required depending on the amount of moss in your lawn At this visit we also check for any insect damage or traces of lawn / turf disease.

Scarifying. Thatch removal, Hollow tine aeration. Wetting Agents and Growth Regulators. Spiking. Top Dressing. Over Seeding. Insect and Disease Control, Repairing, Leveling lawns and Improving Drainage. Worm Cast Control.

From time to time it is recommended that your lawn would benefit from certain other key treatments. We provide you with a regular update on your lawn and only recommend other treatments if they are necessary and essential to the health and appearance of the lawn.

When Is The Best Time To Start Lawn Treatments? –

Our lawn care treatment service works on the basis of applying essential treatments at specific times of the year. There is no particular time of year to start. We can improve the health and appearance of your lawn at any time of the year by applying the relevant lawn care treatment applicable to the current weather conditions and requirements of your lawn.

My Lawn Is Too Bad!

Our lawn care services can rescue even some of the most neglected lawns. Our service will gradually kill weeds and control moss and the conditions such as thatch and soil compaction that encourage moss and weeds. We have the experience, knowledge, products and equipment to ensure that we make the best out of your lawns. Many of the products we use are not available to the public or most general gardeners and the equipment we use is too specialised for the average gardener to own.

I Have A Gardener Or Person Who Cuts My Grass

We do not seek to replace your gardener. We simply want to compliment the mowing work he/she does by ensuring that the lawn receives the care and attention he/she may not be really be qualified or able to provide without access to the products and equipment Lawn and Weed Expert use – In fact many gardeners recommend our services to their customers.

We Work And No-One Is Home During The Week

Lawn and weed expert has several thousand customers who we call at regular intervals to arrange to treat and provide care for their lawns. You do not have to be at home as long as we have access to your lawns. At each visit we take into account the specific needs of your lawn, the weather conditions and apply the relevant treatment. See seasonal treatments. We will also recommend any optional additional work as it is required. See scarification, aeration and top dressing.

Lawn Analysis

Once you contact us we will agree a convenient time to meet you and survey your lawn (if you are busy you do not have to be at home as we can survey the lawn and leave our survey and recommendations at your property.) One of our experienced staff will visit your lawn and carry out the following analysis:

Visual inspection to assess:

Weed population – identifying common and difficult weeds
Assess the amount of moss present over the whole lawn
Identify the conditions in your garden that encourage moss
Identify grass species and health
Check for evidence of insect damage
Take core samples to check for: Soil composition, Sub surface level thatch, Surface level thatch, Check for acidity or alkalinity
Disease analysis
Mowing routine and mowing height
You can request your Free Lawn Survey by Clicking Here to Contact us.

Moss Removal & Control Services – Cheaper Than DIY

Lawn Care and Weed Control
Before you try to control moss you must identify why it is appearing in your lawn and solve the reasons  why it develops in your lawn.

Moss doesn’t have roots, obtaining its nutrients from moisture sitting on the soil. Moss removal treatments need to target the conditions as well as the moss growth, something that standard moss killers won’t do effectively so your moss will return time and again.

Moss Is Probably The Worst Problem Facing most.  Lawns. Moss Spreads By Means Of Airborne Spores

Moss does not put down roots it just spreads across the damp soil surface, absorbing soil nutrients that have dissolved into the moisture on the surface
Moss is easy to kill. Lawn and weed expert have and use very effective moss control products.
Dead moss is fibrous unlike a dead weed which is 70% water and will not just wither and gradually shrivel away. Dead moss just turns into thatch which does not decompose.
Dead moss needs to be raked and removed from the lawn. Heavy moss may require scarifying or verti cutting to remove if from the lawn.
If you do not remove dead moss it turns into thatch which absorbs and keeps moisture on the surface away from the grass roots where it is needed.
The damp conditions created by thatch are ideal conditions for – you’ve guessed it moss to develop.
Lawns do not look very attractive after scarifying or raking. Lawns with thick moss will look very bare and may require over seeding and top dressing to help them recover.
Do not rake or scarify the moss unless you have applied a moss control. You will just be spreading the spores and making things worse.
It is important that you time the moss control and any scarifying to be followed by a sustained period of wet warm weather to help the lawn and grass to recover and any sown seed to germinate.
Moss thrives in damp and shady areas. Moss will rapidly develop in lawns that have thatch. Damp thatch acts as a perfect environment for Moss to develop. Compacted soil or poorly drained soil which can be a feature of heavy clay soils tend to have a damp surface that offers a perfect environment for moss spores to develop. Areas of lawn that have been scalped or areas that have thin growth will also be quickly colonised with moss.

If you have compacted soil the lawn needs to be aerated regularly. Thatch will also need to be removed by scarification. Simple raking of the lawn while removing the moss will not remove the thatch which is the main reason the moss is developing. Scarification should follow an application of moss control. If you rake your lawn while the moss is still alive and green you will spread the moss spores across your lawn.  Lawn & Weed Expert has applied moss control it should be left for two weeks until the moss has turned brown / black. We will then arrange to return to scarify and aerate your lawn.

Removing the conditions that encourage moss to develop will reduce the possibility of moss returning. However if you have a heavy soil and or shaded areas in your garden then you will always have to be vigilant. Lawn & Weed Expert will recommend that you have sufficient moss control in your program to ensure that we control the moss.

Garden Moss Killing Treatment & Control

Lawn and weed expert has a great track record killing and controlling moss in our customer’s lawns. The products we use are very efficient but safe and should be combined with scarifying, aeration, top dressing and over seeding in chronic cases.

Moss is the most common problem we have with lawns. The mild damp autumns and winters are ideal for moss growth. Moss becomes established if grass growth is reduced and weak. It is essential to ensure the grass has the appropriate fertiliser to ensure vigorous healthy growth particularly in the spring and autumn, Cutting the grass too short will weaken grass as will insufficient watering in dry spells. Moss thrives and quickly develops where grass is weak. Weeds are easy to control, moss is slightly more difficult and requires regular attention. Strong healthy grass receiving regular applications of lawn care resists moss better than under nourished lawns.

Moss is not a weed. It does not put down roots but spreads across any damp surface. Nutrients in the soil dissolve in damp conditions and are absorbed by moss. Moss is spread by air borne spores in the spring and autumn and will thrive and spread colonising large areas of your lawn if left untreated.

Treatment is simple and straight forward for Lawn and Weed Expert. We successfully control moss in thousands of lawns using our efficient moss control products. Please remember that the products we use are not easily available to the public or general gardeners. Moss control Lawn and Weed Expert way is simple and effective with the moss showing signs of dying just hours after treatment.

The moss plant is fibrous and tough. Once it has been treated the dead moss plant does not decay easily and it may be necessary to remove the dead plant by scarifying your lawn followed by aeration and top dressing depending on the level of moss in your lawn. See scarifying and aeration. Dead moss left on your lawn will act like thatch and prevent new grass growing in those areas.

It is important to tackle the reasons why moss grows in your lawn in order to reduce the chances of it re appearing. Cultural reasons and appropriate changes are important. if moss is to be controlled.

If grass suffers stress and is weakened and dies in cold or dry conditions. Moss and weeds will quickly colonise any spaces or areas of weak growth in your lawn.

The following conditions encourage moss:

Warm moist weather conditions – An increasing problem all over the UK
Compacted poorly drained soil Heavy soils will become compacted and need to be hollow tine aerated to reduce the effects of the compaction in the soil and can be top dressed with a 70 % sand loam mix to improve soil ventilation once every 2 – 3 years
Lawns thick with thatch Thatch is dead organic matter sitting on or below the soil surface and has to be removed by scarification.
Cutting the grass too short or scalping significantly reduces the health of the grass, weakens it and allows moss to move in
Not watering the grass in the dry summer months can weaken the grass and allow moss to move into your lawn
Clay based soils – prominent in the South Wales area
Shaded or poorly ventilated lawns where the grass and soil surface rarely dry out
Poorly fertilised lawns with weak and sparse grass usually have lots of moss present.
If you neglect your lawn for even a short time moss will quickly move in and colonise large areas of your lawn pushing out the grass.

Be careful if you use products bought from garden centres etc. Incorrect application rates and or adverse weather conditions can lead to scorching your lawn and creating bare patches of dead or damaged grass.

If your gardener volunteers to do the work check that they do not use the same products from the garden centre and produce similar results. Call Lawn and Weed Expert we use the correct feeds at the right time for the maximum effect in our lawn care treatment program. All you have to do is water and mow the lawn.