Did you know that the types of plants and flowers that are planted in your garden can have an effect on the wildlife that you find coming and going? Well, they can! By choosing the right plants, you can provide both food and shelter for certain wildlife, especially birds. So, if you’d like your garden to be a nature hotspot, try adding these plants to attract different species of birds.

 

The best plants to attract birds

 

Ivy (Hedera)

The best plant for attracting wild bird is common wild ivy as it is the most wildlife-friendly plant, however, it does need to be managed. Common ivy provides UK birds with dense cover for nesting sites, nectar and winter berries, perfect for the colder winter months. Ivy also attracts insects, which are perfect for attracting birds as these act as food. Plant ivy on a shady wall or on an old tree and let mother nature take over. Its stems cling tightly to the tree bark so once it begins to grow, there is no need to train it or tie it down. Ivy usually grows up to four metres and is the perfect place for tree sparrows.

 

Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunflowers are not only loved by young children and teachers but birds too! The plentiful seeds that are closely packed at the centre of beautifully bright coloured petals provide and oil-rich nourishment through the autumn months for nuthatches, finches, long-tailed tits and other seed-eating birds. As sunflowers come in all sizes and a variety of colour, they make the ideal plant for attracting birds in any sized garden. Choose sunflowers that have the largest flower heads, as these will produce and contain the most seed. Leave the plants to stand in the autumn or cut off the heads and tie them to a fence and watch the birds come flocking.

 

Teasel (Dipsacus)

Teasel is a tall architectural plant that you can find in the wildlife gardening area of the plant centre or on the seed shelves. This plant form unmissable seedheads in the early autumn which can often last right up to December, depending on weather conditions. Teasel first attracts butterflies, but later it’s the seed heads that start to attract birds, namely finches, sparrows and buntings. Once you plant teasels, new plants will grow from the seeds that the birds miss, so you won’t have to worry about planting anymore yourself.

 

Rambling Rose (Rosa multiflora)

A rambling rose is ideal for those that have space to spare in their gardens. They provide masses of beautiful summer colours of cream, white and pink, perfect for that picturesque aesthetic. The flowers themselves are small, but they do grow in big clusters, which is why space is essential when this plant is around. The beautiful flowers are followed huge amounts of rose hips which are loved by so many birds during the winter. Rambling rose also provides excellent places for birds to nest and protect themselves from cats, birds of prey and most other things that mother nature tends to throw their way. Be cautious, however, as this plant can grow up to seven metres long.

 

Firethorn (Pyracantha)

Firethorn is loved by birds, especially thrushes and blackbirds. Its thorny evergreen shrubs with creamy white flowers and autumn berries provide the perfect shelter, protection and nourishment. And there’s something about the way its branches grow that attracts birds to make their nests. So, not only is firethorn a great choice for gardens looking to fill in an empty space but it also great for nesting birds!

 

And there you have it, the best plants to attract birds in the UK! If you’re hoping to bring some more wildlife to your garden in the form of our flying little friends, be sure to plant any of these and watch the birds start to flock.

Eco-Friendly Lawn

With the new year and new decade upon us, many homeowners may be taking the time to make some changes to the way they live – do I smell a new year’s resolution?

One of these changes may be concerned with the global phenomenon of climate change. With a greater emphasis on our impact on the environment over recent years, spearheaded by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, it comes to no surprise that so many homeowners are taking the green route. Whether it be installing solar panels onto their roofs, purchasing electric cars or using smart meters to measure energy usage, more and more of us are paying attention to how our actions affect the world around us.

But did you know that the way you treat your lawn can also have an impact on the environment! No? Well, it can. And here are five tips that you can follow for an eco-friendly lawn.

  1. Rainwater Irrigation – The next time you water your lawn, consider the ways in which you can conserve water. Now, we’re not talking about stopping watering your lawn completely or reducing the amount of time you spend watering your lawn, but maybe using rainwater instead. Since the UK has more than enough rainfall throughout the year, it’s more than likely that your lawn gets its fair share of watering, but throughout the summer when we do go through weeks (and sometimes months) of dry spells, it can be extremely useful to use rainwater to water your lawn rather than your property’s water system. You can gather rainwater and store it in drums for future use. All that is required is to catch the water as it flows out of your gutter downspouts and use an electric pump to create enough water pressure to power your very own irrigation system!

 

  1. Install a no-mow lawn – Mowing the lawn can sometimes be an arduous and time-consuming task, especially if the weather isn’t favourable. In this case, the last place you want to be is outside, with grass flying all over the place. So, how can you avoid this problem? Install a no-mow lawn! There are several grass-alternatives that you can install that requires zero mowings, such as astroturf. Not only are you avoiding the actual task of mowing (and potentially eating grass), but you are reducing the amount of energy that you use. Another great way that you can do this is by hardscaping. Instead of having grass, why not build a desert or rock scene? Hardscaping requires no maintenance at all and ensure your energy usage is dramatically decreased.

 

  1. Use eco-friendly lawn care equipment – To make less of an impact on the environment, many people choose to ditch their cars and walk or maybe cycle. The same can be done with your lawn care equipment! You know that big, gas-guzzling lawn mower that you have stored away in the shed, why not replace it with an electric one? You can find both corded and cordless lawn equipment at any home department retailer. Despite not performing as well as gas-powered tools, battery-powered tools are a great option due to their portability and is where you’ll make the most difference to creating an eco-friendly lawn.

 

  1. Using biopesticides – Historically, insecticides have been used as a form of lawn insect control. However, research has shown that these have an adverse effect on the animals that come into contact with them e.g. causing reproductive ailments in birds such as thinner eggshells. An example of manmade chemical improving the quality of life for humans at the expense of the wider environment. A fantastic alternative that can be used are biopesticides, a chemical that is growing in popularity due to its controlling of insects rather than killing. Here, only targeted insects are affected with no adverse effects on other animals.

 

  1. Properly disposing of lawn waste – Disposing of garden waste in the correct way is another great way that you can help the environment with an eco-friendly lawn. Mulch and compost are garden wastes that have been organically broken down and recycled by mother nature, but you need to lend a helping hand in the process. The first and easiest thing that you can do is to mulch whilst you mow. This can be done by using a mulching blade on your mower. The second way you can help is by bagging clippings for disposal and the third is by composting. Composting recycles organic materials to be spread back into the earth for nutritional purposes.

 

And there you have it! Five great ways that you can make your lawn more eco-friendly. For more lawn care and advice, be sure to keep an eye out on our blog. If you have any other queries or in need of professional lawn care, then please get in touch with a member of the Lawn and Weed Expert team today.

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While it’s commonly believed that grass stops growing during the winter months due to the adverse weather conditions and drop in temperature, this is actually a misconception.

During mild spells, grass does actually grow, albeit at a far slower rate than usual. As such, neglecting your lawn during this time can be a regrettable and avoidable oversight.

 

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Winter is Coming

Over the winter months, promoting grass growth takes a backseat in terms of importance as maintaining healthy grass and keeping moss at bay becomes the overriding priority.

During this time, it’s vital to keep an eye on two things, in particular, namely the nitrogen levels and the iron levels.

In order to keep your lawn as healthy as can be during the winter cold, nitrogen levels need to be very low and iron levels need to be very high.

High nitrogen levels over winter can lead to lawn disease and leave the lawn susceptible to pests, while a deficiency in iron can be detrimental in terms of grass colour and turf strength.

 

Iron Thrown

Many gardeners opt for lawn sand during the winter months as the go-to remedy for repelling moss and boosting lawn health; however, it’s worth keeping an eye on the content of your lawn sand of choice.

It’s not unusual for pre-made lawn sand mixtures to contain a pitiful amount of iron. As such, in order to provide enough iron to really benefit the grass, you will need to use a lot which will, in turn increase the nitrogen levels.

To avoid such a catch 22, it’s worth either, A. Shopping around for lawn sand with a higher iron content than nitrogen, or B. Making your own.

The latter option can be particularly handy and cost-effective as you can make as much as you need and know exactly what has gone into making it, including the nutrient levels you wish.

 

Winter Fertilisers

If you do happen to go down the ready-made route and shop for your winter lawn fertiliser, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

When shopping for winter lawn fertiliser, the label should include three letters (N, P and K). These represent the chemical elements of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium.

A good winter grass fertiliser should include higher levels of phosphate and potassium to encourage root growth and strengthen the lawn under the soil.

Meanwhile, any decent winter lawn fertiliser should also have a lower level of nitrogen to discourage rapid grass growth during this time.

 

Professional Winter Lawn Treatment

If the prospect of effectively treating your lawn during the winter is somewhat of a daunting task, why not give us a call and let us work our wintry magic?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, our winter lawn treatment methods are specifically designed to keep your lawn in tip-top condition throughout the cold season and banish lawn moss from whence it came.

Our team of lawn care specialists are fully equipped with knowledge, experience and tools for the task at hand, and are all ready, willing and able to give your lawn a healthy dose of TLC this winter.

 

For additional advice on winter grass fertiliser or to find out more about our winter lawn treatment services, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

muddy lawn in winter

 

Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

For more winter garden tips or for professional garden services this winter, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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When it comes to garnishing your house with yuletide trimmings and festive cheer, there are few artistic additions that make a seasonal statement quite like outdoor Christmas decorations.

From homely holly wreaths gloriously gracing the front door to stunning icicle lights majestically hanging from your roof, bringing the Christmas spirit to you outside space can be hugely effective.

But what about the garden itself? What’s the best way to inject some holiday glee it your outdoor plot? Well ponder no more, people!

Lawn & Weed Expert is taking a break from treating grass and tackling turf to bring you a sackful of seasonal tips to turn your garden into a winter wonderland.

 

 

Christmas Garden Decorations

If you’re looking to bring your garden to life with Christmas spirit this yuletide, look no further than these festive suggestions to add some seasonal magic to your outside space.

 

outdoor christmas decorations

Pathway Lights

Placed either side of your garden path, festive pathway lights create a wonderfully wintry channel that leads all the way up to your front door.

These lights come in a variety of designs; however, our personal favourite is the Christmas tree design, complete with LED lights.

Each pathway light comes with a metal spike on the bottom, allowing them to be rooted securely in the grassy ground beneath.

Meanwhile, if your path doesn’t feature a surface suitable for piercing, you can create the same effect by filling plant pots with soil and placing them either side of your path.

Available as a set of four at Argos.

 

outdoor christmas decorations

Snowflake Projector

Hanging Christmas lights from your rooftop can be an arduous and lengthy task. Worse still, it will also require equally arduous and lengthy removal come January.

A great way to avoid these chores yet still reap the radiant rewards of the season is to invest in a stunning snowflake projector for your garden.

These simple to use outdoor illuminators allow you to beam snowflake patterns directly on to your house, creating the ultimate festive visual.

Effortlessly achieved, simple installed and equally simple to pack down, these plug and play additions never fail to make a fantastic wintry impression.

Browse these festive projectors and more online at The Range.

 

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Vintage Appeal

You don’t need to take the high-tech route to festivise your front lawn. In fact, going old-school can bring a classic feel of authenticity to your outdoor design.

Why not add some retro flair to your festive decorations by accessorising your outside space with vintage wintry items?

Something as simple as placing an old wooden sledge against the wall by your front door can really bring a sense of Christmas class to your outdoor design.

Why not wrap your sledge in a festive garland or even add a wreath to enhance its classic appeal and really bring this throwback feature to life?

A variety of vintage sledges can be found at Connox.

 

christmas garden decorations

Acrylic Additions

A Christmas classic that’s becoming increasingly popular across the nation with every passing year, acrylic ornaments shaped like your favourite festive animals have become a staple of outside yuletide design.

From jolly snowmen to prancing reindeer, the range of designs isn’t short on variety. You can just as easily pick up a prowling polar bear, a family of penguins or even a sparkling unicorn!

With an innate ability to brighten up any outdoor space and bring a smile to even the biggest of Scrooges, these glowing garden additions are the perfect complement to any Christmas garden design.

For a variety of outdoor acrylic decorations, check out Homebase.

 

For more festive ways to decorate your garden this Christmas, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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The wintertime can be a harsh season for the great outdoors, taking its toll on everything from animals to flowers and all that lies in between.

Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy for wildlife and plant life alike, and the combination of cold weather and frosty conditions make for a formidable tag team.

Luckily, from a gardening perspective, there are a few ways you can protect your garden from the detrimental effects of the winter cold.

This handy guide will help your garden lawn make it through the cold and come out the other side unscathed, fit and ready to spring into action and soak up the summer sun.

 

lawn frost damage

 

Will Frost Damage My Lawn?

In short, the answer to this is almost entirely dependent on how you treat your lawn during periods of cold weather and frosty conditions.

As a general rule, if you leave your lawn to it and let nature quite literally take its course, your lawn should be just fine.

Conversely, if you engage with your grass during its frozen state – be it mowing, fertilising on simply walking on it – your actions will likely do more harm than good.

 

Heave-Ho

A typical issue associated with lawn frost is heave – surface swelling caused by water expansion in the soil during freezing conditions.

While lawn heave will typically sort itself out once the weather returns to a more temperate climate, you may want to give your lawn a light roll in the spring to level the playing field.

 

Tips to Avoid Lawn Frost Damage

To help you maintain a healthy garden in the face of frosty conditions, here are a few top tips to avoid lawn frost damage and ensure your garden makes it through to springtime in one piece.

 

Step Off

While it may seem obvious to say, frost can quite literally freeze your lawn, making each blade of grass rigid yet brittle in the process (hence the crunch when you step on it).

Frozen grass is typically weak and highly susceptible to cell damage if walked on during its sub-zero state. As such, any footprints made during this period can quite literally leave a lasting impression.

To keep your lawn intact and in good health when the cold subsides and the warmth returns, keep off the grass and stick to the path during any spells of frost.

 

Mow No Mo’

Another obvious yet important point to keep in mind, never mow your lawn during frosty conditions.

As stated above, the cold temperatures can leave your lawn highly susceptible to damage and make it all too easy to cause long-term damage.

Think of it as your lawn having a weakened immune system. It won’t take much to give it a secondary ailment so it’s best to leave it be.

Similarly, you should also refrain from fertilising during this period too, as the excess nitrogen within typical fertilisers can actually have a detrimental impact on your grass.

 

Break Wind

Okay, to clarify that title, this is no time to let rip in your outside space – unless, of course, you want to distance yourself from the neighbours.

We are, however, referring to the act of protecting your garden grass by setting up windbreakers to reduce the impact of the seasonal breeze.

Strong, winter winds can do a lot of damage to a frozen lawn by stripping it of vital moisture and nutrients needed during the cold conditions.

In order to protect your lawn against the moisture-sucking capabilities of these dry winds, setting up windbreakers can help reduce the speed and impact of these harsh and frosty gales.

Whether you opt for the natural approach of creating hedges or the less natural approach of creating low-level walls, setting up protective barriers against the wind is a great way to protect your lawn in frosty conditions.

 

snowman, lawn frost

 

Do You (Really) Want to Build a Snowman?

When it comes to wintry conditions, snow is perhaps the highlight of the winter weather – especially if you have kids to share it with.

However, there is a notable side-effect of the snowy fun and that is the aptly-named nuisance that is snow mould.

A wintry variant of fusarium, snow mould occurs once the snow has thawed and typically effects fine or older turf, turning it yellow/brown and can effectively kill your grass.

Worse still, patches of snow mould can increase in size up to a foot or more in diameter and can commonly merge with other patches to form larger surface areas.

Snow mould typically occurs under areas of dense snow, e.g. beneath a snowman or mounds of shovelled snow.

The best way to control this naturally is to improve the airflow through efficient drainage, scarifying and aeration; however, for the best results, seek professional help.

 

For additional information on lawn frost damage or to find out more about our winter lawn care services, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below and request FREE lawn survey today.

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Taking care of your lawn on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can be a real pain the grass, especially if your green fingers are out of practice.

However, you don’t need to have a lust for lawns that rivals Alan Titchmarsh to grow a lush green garden.

In fact, turning your pitiful patch into the perfect plot could be as simple as cutting out your bad habits.

Weed out your faults now with this handy list of common lawn care mistakes and turn your struggling yard into the king of the hill.

 

lawnmower, lawn care mistakes

 

#1. Scalping Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn too short is one of the most common mistakes for amateur gardeners, often done as a means of prolonging the time between cuts.

While understandable and, to a degree, quite logical, it can be quite damaging to your lawn in practice.

Cutting the grass too short can put excess stress on the grass making it more susceptible to lawn disease and pests.

As a general rule, aim to cut your grass to a height of three inches to ensure it retains its top growth and remains strong enough to fend off whatever challenges Mother Nature throws its way.

 

#2. Using the Wrong Fertiliser

Fertilising your lawn is a great way to maintain healthy grass and nutrient-rich soil. That much is no secret; however, the importance of using the right fertiliser largely is.

Using the wrong fertiliser for the specific grass in your garden is vital in ensuring the health of your lawn. Incorrect products that aren’t matched to your grass can be largely pointless, if not damaging.

Similarly, using too much or too little of even the correct fertiliser can also be an important factor, with too much causing damage and too little being ineffective. Meanwhile, application at the wrong time of year can also make the whole job a futile process.

Be sure to check you have the right fertiliser for your lawn before you apply. If unsure, check with an expert or a local landscape gardener to help identify the grass local to your area.

 

#3. Blunt Blades

While it may not seem like an issue on the surface of things, dull blades can seriously damage your lawn when it comes to cutting time.

Think of it as cutting a thick sirloin with a blunt steak knife. Blunt blades simply won’t cut it…quite literally. Instead, the dull edge winds up tearing through the surface.

The same principle applies to lawn mowing. If you mow your lawn with blunt blades, you’ll wind up ripping the grass instead of cutting, damaging the grass in the process.

The result is jagged blades of grass that are more susceptible to disease. At the very least, they are more likely to turn brown in the aftermath.

Blades can quickly lose their edge if you mow carelessly, too close or come into contact with rocks. Aim to sharpen your blades twice a year to keep them looking sharp.

 

#4. Over Watering

Perhaps the most common mistake for amateur gardeners, over watering the lawn is a crime many of us will be guilty of from time to time.

Naturally, water is a vital ingredient for any healthy lawn and a key component in its weekly diet plan. However, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can cause harm.

Whether it’s carelessness, lack of knowledge or just being overzealous with a hose, applying too much water to your lawn can lead to waterlogging.

In addition to that, it can also stunt the development of the roots, negating the need for them to reach deep into the soil for moisture.

If the weather is damp and rainy, you may not need to water at all; however, if conditions are dry, aim to give your garden around an inch of water a week.

 

#5. Lack of Aeration

Neglecting to aerate your lawn is a common offence for many, if not most homeowners across the UK; however, the consequences of such can be significant and, at times, devastating.

Aerating your garden soil lets water permeate through the surface more easily, effectively allowing your soil to absorb the nutrients. This is particularly beneficial for compacted, clay-heavy soil.

Aeration is achieved simply through piercing holes in the surface. This can be done using a standard fork or manual aerator; however, for larger areas, you may want to invest in a powered-aerator.

 

 

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As soon as the clocks go back signifying the end of British summertime, you can guarantee two things: shorter days and colder weather.

Sadly, neither one of those seasonal traits lend themselves well to gardening and, while the former can be depressing, the latter can have a particularly damning effect on the green, green grass of home – specifically your home.

Ensure your green fingers don’t come down with frostbite this winter by implementing these fool-proof tips into your garden defence.

 

protect your garden in winter

 

Bring Out Your Dead

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to give your garden a spring clean. Or should that be a winter clean… either way, you get the idea.

Dead plants, weeds and leaves can carry disease and fungus that can prove damaging to other healthy plants nearby. This is particularly applicable to spent annuals and vegetable plants.

Meanwhile, pests can also thrive amongst dead, rotting vegetation, which too can cause subsequent damage to your garden.

Removing any plants that have past their expiration date should remove the problem and any possibility of springtime issues down the line.

 

Get the Drinks In

If a drop in temperature is predicted in advance, pre-empting the big freeze and watering your plants ahead of time can pay dividends once the cold spell hits.

Sub-zero temperatures can cause the ground to freeze, preventing water from permeating the surface and ultimately reaching the roots.

Getting ahead of the curve allows your plants to soak up the moisture while it still can, which can be particularly helpful when it comes to annuals and potted plants.

Speaking of potted plants…

 

All Gone to Pot

Terracotta plant pots can make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden. Unfortunately, terracotta isn’t invincible and this is never more evident than during the wintertime.

To prevent your pots from cracking by gathering them up and placing them together, ideally in an unexposed area of the garden that’s sheltered from the elements, such as near the house.

For an additional layer of protection, you can even go one step further and wrap them up with hessian or horticultural fleece for enhanced insulation.

The combination of swaddling your plant pots with heat retentive materials and grouping them together in a huddled formation should help ensure they survive the winter unscathed.

 

Mulch Ado About Nothing

As noted above, the harsh winter conditions can make the surface hard and difficult for water to permeate. To counteract this inevitability, mulching over the autumn/winter can help the soil to retain water and regulate temperature, protecting your plants in the process.

What’s more, adding mulch to your flowerbeds will help keep root temperatures stable, preventing churning and heaving, while it can also inhibit weed growth. Meanwhile, as the mulch breaks down, it naturally deposits additional organic nutrients into the soil.

 

 

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From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.

Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.

To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.

 

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Garden Flooding Solutions

Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.

 

Get Some Fresh Air

Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.

To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.

Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.

 

Gutter Talk

While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.

If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.

Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.

Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.

Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.

 

Vive la France!

For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.

In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…

A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).

This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.

The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).

 

Call in the Pros

If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.

Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.

 

 

For more information on how to stop garden flooding or to find out more about garden services from Lawn & Weed Expert, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Commercial weed removal

With over 20 years of experience in the lawncare trade, Lawn & Weed Expert isn’t just a fancy brand name – it’s a moniker we take great pride in reinforcing, time after time after time.

In our effort to provide the ultimate weed removal service, we don’t just eradicate weeds from private homes and residential properties, we also provide weed removal services for commercial properties too.

 

Commercial Property Weeds

Weeds don’t discriminate and are just as likely to hit commercial properties as they are your back garden. From nettles to algae and everything in between, unsightly weeds and undergrowth can be a real eyesore.

For commercial properties, this can be of particular importance and be the difference between attracting and repelling passing customers. After all, if a company has low standards of appearance, what does that say about its quality of service?

Meanwhile, large plots of land attached to or associated with commercial premises can also be subject to weeds and cause issues as a result. For example, company car parks overrun by weeds not only reduce space but also pose potential hazards, in addition to looking aesthetically awful.

Luckily, LWE offers a bespoke weed removal service that’s tailored for you and your commercial property – designed to send weeds packing and keep your property looking inviting and appealing to the public from season to season.

 

What is Commercial Weed Removal?

Much like a residential property, commercial weed removal is a simple process with one goal in mind – a weedless scenery.

From the first point of contact, our team of experts will visit your commercial property to provide an initial assessment of the premises.

From there, we will be able to outline the suggested course of action and subsequently provide time scales and quotes for the service required.

Naturally, this assessment and resultant diagnosis can vary depending on the size of the land and extent of the weed coverage.

Once agreed, our team will get to work on removing your weeds and returning your plot back to its former weed-free glory.

 

Commercial Weed Removal with LWE

With a bit of TLC from LWE, our weed removal services have the ability to breathe a second lease of life into your commercial property

We currently offer our extensive range of commercial weed removal in Cardiff, Swansea and the wider areas around South Wales and have helped a range of commercial customers achieve a flawless finish.

Previous clientele has included a variety of high-profile brands, including the likes of car giants, BMW. In fact, we’ve helped a number of notable showrooms achieve a flawless forecourt to house their awesome autos.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to own a branded showroom full of quality cars to reap the rewards of commercial weed removal. We’ve also supplied our services to a number of business centres across South Wales, helping keep the workplace looking professional and weed-free.

 

If you manage or own a commercial property in the South Wales region, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to request a FREE survey or drop us a line using the link below.

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