Earlier this week, the Lawn & Weed Expert team visited a property in Marshfield, Newport. The house's front lawn had been looking rather tired for quite some time, so we were there to lay a brand new lawn in its place.
If you've never seen a scarified lawn before, you might find this photo a little bit concerning. The lawn looks dead, dry, and pretty barren. For people who take pride in their lawns, this is exactly the kind of look you want to avoid. However, this lawn is actually on its way to becoming greener and healthier than it was before!
Are you thinking about using nematodes (also known as roundworms) for lawn pest control and wondering if they are effective? Well, in short, the answer is no.
Photo by Entomology, CSIRO (via Wikimedia Commons)
Nematodes can be quite hit and miss when it comes to taking care of pests living on your lawn - other, more effective methods of pest control are available. However, if you do decide to use nematodes and would like to learn a little more about them and how they are used to take care of lawn pests, this blog post should clear up things quite well.
The Lawn and Weed Expert team recently attended a home in Pencoed to give them a helping hand with their lawn care. After the challenges of winter, their lawn needed a bit of TLC to get it ready for the fast-growing period through spring.
If you're thinking of selling your house and you want to make the property more appealing to potential buyers, you may be interested to learn that a well-kept lawn can make a big difference.
Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we take our staff & our customers' safety very seriously. Like a lot of businesses, we've had to make a few changes to the way we work so we can keep offering you the same great lawn care services during the coronavirus lockdown. Here you can find information about the measures we have in place, so you know that our services are being carried out safely.
One of the easiest ways for us to keep you safe is to limit our contact with you. Thanks to modern-day technology, we can get in touch and make arrangements for your lawn care treatments remotely. Our friendly team of staff is on hand to answer your phone calls and emails so that your questions are cleared up before we visit your property.
Observing Safety Guidelines
We're always keeping an eye on government guidelines to make sure our practices and procedures are up to date. Over the past year, we've made continuous changes to the way we work so that our services can keep running smoothly. Some examples of the changes we've made include:
- All of our staff members are wearing masks when interacting with people
- Sticking to social distancing guidelines in the office and on location
- Keeping hands, vans, and equipment clean
Limiting Contact with Customers
One of the great things about lawn care is that it exclusively takes place outside. This means we can enter your garden, get our jobs done, and be on our way without having to knock on your door. Our teams are really missing their catch-ups and cuppas, but there'll plenty of time for us to chat again in the future! For now, we'll do our bit to keep your garden looking its best while you stay safe and relax indoors.
Keeping Staff Separate
Another way that we're keeping everyone safe during this troubling time is by encouraging our staff travel in separate vehicles. There have been occasions where this isn't possible, but we've got a make-shift solution for that scenario too! You may have seen the plastic screens being used to separate office desks - well we've retrofitted similar plastic screens in our vans to separate the front and back sections.
Don't worry, we've given them walkie-talkies so they can still chat and keep each other company on longer journeys. Keeping our staff physically separated on journeys is just another way that we're implementing safe COVID-19 practices while we work.
Now you know what we're doing to keep operating safely - why not enquire about some of our specialist services? Spring is almost here, so now's a great time to thinking about your lawn care for 2021.
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Slugs and snails appear in our gardens all the time - there's just no stopping them! While they may look like harmless, slimy little creatures, they can actually do quite a bit of damage to your lawn if they're left to roam freely.
Slugs and snails both feed on a combination of dead and living plant matter. Your new lawn shoots are a particularly delicious snack, so it's important that you get them under control if you see a sudden influx.
More often than not, slugs and snails appear during the wetter months because they favour moist conditions. As you can imagine a healthy damp lawn in the springtime is a garden of Eden for slugs and snails.
Dealing with slugs and snails in your lawn
Getting rid of slugs and snails by hand
A lot of gardeners will advise you to tackle slug and snail problems by hand. This involves picking each slug and snail up and moving it off your lawn. Of course, this method is very time-consuming (especially if you have a bigger lawn) and slugs and snails often find their way back anyway.
The melon method
There are some natural remedies you can use to deter slugs and snails from setting up camp on your lawn. The first method is to take a slice of melon with the rind and place it on your lawn. The sweet flesh of the melon will attract the slugs and snails. Once they're all grouped together you can move them all in one go, saving you precious time.
Make your lawn less appealing
When it comes to deterring slugs and snails, you can make your lawn much less appealing by doing the following:
- Keeping your lawn aerated. The less moisture there is, the less likely they'll swarm to your lawn.
- Create a prickly barrier. If you've ever touched a slug or snail, you'll know they have soft bodies. A prickly barrier can be enough to keep them off your lawn.
- Use copper tape. Copper tape reacts with the trail of slime that slugs and snails leave behind wherever they go. Every time they come close to your lawn they'll receive a little electric shock that'll keep them at bay.
Preventing slugs and snails from returning to your lawn
Once your lawn is free of slugs and snails - you'll probably want to keep it that way! Here are some preventative measures you can take to make sure these mischievous molluscs don't return.
- Use a garden rake to remove some of the moist debris in your lawn in early spring. This will also help to remove some of the small eggs that have been laid on the surface.
- Encourage other wildlife including birds and frogs into your garden. These predators will help keep the number of slugs and snails at bay.
- Try planting species like chervil and thyme in the border of your lawn. These plants are natural deterrents for slugs and snails.
So, in conclusion - yes, slugs and snails are bad for your lawn and your surrounding plants if they're left unchecked. Thankfully, there are lots of different ways you can tackle an infestation. To find out about our lawn pest control services click the button below. For more information, give us a call on 0800 111 4958.
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The UK is currently going through a bit of a cold snap. Dubbed 'The Beast from the East 2' because of its resemblance to the cold wave that hit Great Britain and Ireland in 2018, this bout of chilly weather has already covered some areas in snow, and there's reportedly more on the way.
You might have noticed a gradual change over the last week or so. It's taking longer to get dark in the evenings. The first few flowers are beginning to tentatively poke their heads out of the soil. Could it be that spring is in the air?
Happy February! This is an important time of year for your lawn - it's still winter out there, yes, but if you want to get your lawn ready for spring then now is the time to (ha ha) spring into action.