Lawn weeds

If you want to keep your lawn in immaculate condition all year round, you'll need to keep an eye out for weeds. As we've discussed previously on this blog, the definition of 'weeds' is somewhat subjective, but essentially, any plant that's growing where it isn't supposed to may be considered a weed.

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Watering grass with a hose

SHORT ANSWER: Mature lawns generally do not need to be watered during the autumn months. Newly-laid turf must be watered regularly.

Grass is a very resilient plant. A hot, dry summer may leave your lawn looking rather the worse for wear - patches of yellow or brown grass are a common sight by the end of August - but it should recover quickly once the autumn rains arrive.

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Red thread grass

Red thread is a fungal lawn disease that frequently affects UK lawns. It is especially prevalent in late summer and autumn, when humidity levels are high.

If you've spotted those telltale red threads amongst the grass in your garden, don't panic - this disease can be fought! An application of fungicide should do the trick, although it may take a few weeks for your lawn to fully recover.

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Autumn lawn

Isn't autumn wonderful? The crisp air, the colourful foliage, the pumpkin spice lattes...everything is just a little bit more magical at this time of year.

Still, for all its charm, autumn can also bring challenges. As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, the grass in your garden may need a bit of extra looking-after in order to continue flourishing.

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If you have a lot of deciduous trees in your garden, then you'll be starting to see a lot of brown and orange leaves appearing on the ground. Of course, if you're keen to keep your lawn looking green and healthy, you're probably wondering how to deal with this sudden mass of fallen leaves. Well, you've come to the right place! Our lawn care experts are here to give you all the tips you need to deal with fallen leaves.

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Have you ever seen a gorgeous pattern on a lawn or pitch and wondered just how people manage to create them? Yeah, us too! Seeing a person's lawn with beautifully cut stripes is enough to make the whole street filled with envy, but you don't have to wonder anymore and it's pretty easy to do. Here is Lawn & Weed Expert's guide to getting stripes in your lawn. 

stripes on lawn

The stripes that you see on lawns are simply a result of light reflecting off the grass blades in a particular direction. One row of grass will be facing away from you whilst the other is facing towards you in a lush, uniform fashion that makes your lawn fabulously stand out.

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During the autumn months, keeping your lawn healthy can be a big task due to several common lawn diseases. In order to prevent major damage being caused to your lawn as a result of these diseases, it's imperative that you're able to identify, diagnose and treat the diseases as quickly as possible. Here, we go through some of the most common autumn lawn diseases and offer some advice on how is best to avoid them, saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.

autumn lawn diseases

Signs & symptoms of autumn lawn diseases 

During the hotter summer months, it's completely normal for your lawn to look a bit off-colour. However, when autumn comes along, the grass on your lawn should start to green-up again nicely. A healthy lawn will be a uniform colour with no bare bits and no odd-coloured patches. If the sward does contain discoloured spots, then there's a pretty good chance that your lawn has fallen victim to one of the common autumn lawn diseases. Typically these diseases have been confined to the autumn and winter months but their seasons are starting to expand as our winters become milder. So, despite us looking mainly at autumn diseases, be sure to take the information away and keep an eye on your lawn all year round. 

So, let's take a look a the different autumn lawn diseases you are likely to come across!

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Do you know the feeling when you're sprawled out on the grass in summer? People love that feeling, but not everyone is lucky enough to have their own lawn outside. Of course, there are ways that you can create a lawn and they're not as difficult as you may think. You have two options - you could choose to sow the seed and allow the lawn to grow through naturally, or you could choose to turf your outdoor space for an instant transformation. 

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moss in lawns

There are definitely some places where moss makes a charming floor covering (for example in woodland areas), but in your garden lawn is definitely not one of them. Untreated moss can quickly turn into dense mats, killing the grass underneath it. That's why it's so important that you treat moss in your lawn as early as possible. 

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shaded lawn

If your garden is full of trees and shrubs, then it's highly likely that your lawn is fully or at least partially in the shade. Like all plants, your lawn needs sunlight for it to thrive, so shade can pose a real problem. Shaded grass can quickly weaken and struggle to survive, it may even die back completely. That's why it's important that you follow these steps to help your shaded lawn thrive.

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