water lawn in winter

If you read our recent blog, what does grass need to live, you'll know that water, sunlight, soil and nutrients are vital for keeping your lawn alive. In the winter months, these things are not so abundant. Your grass has to adjust to fewer sunlight hours, freezing temperatures and less readily available nutrients. Safe to say, winter is just as challenging for your lawn as summer, so it's important you know your do's and don'ts of winter lawn care. 

Why does your grass need water?

Like all living organisms, grass needs water to help it perform all kinds of functions and stay hydrated. Although the grass doesn't grow rapidly during the winter months, its roots still need water to prevent them from dying. Autumn can often be a particularly wet period for lawns, but as the really cold months set in, water can become scarce again. For this reason, you may need to water your law periodically through winter to help keep it alive and healthy!

How much water should I give my lawn?

If too much water sits on the surface of the grass, it can encourage fungus and lawn diseases to develop, so it's important that you don't overwater your lawn in winter. Some water will evaporate on sunny winter days, but nowhere near as much as would evaporate in summer. Where you might normally give your lawn 1 or 2 inches of water, winter calls for around half the amount.

When should I water my lawn in winter?

Watering your lawn at the start of the day can really help to prevent it from freezing during winter. In the morning, the water will have time to soak into the soil and the warmth of the winter sun will help any excess water to evaporate before the temperatures plummet in the evening. 

The 'water test'

Still not sure if you need to water your lawn through winter? Here's a simple test you can do to find out if your lawn is in need of a drink. All you need to do is head outside and take 5-10 steps across your lawn. Turn around and see if your footprints are still visible.

If the footprints aren't there any more than your lawn is healthy and doesn't need a drink. If you turn around and the grass has retained your footprints, then this could be a sign that the grass blades are weak and in need of water. If the grass looks 'muddy' or 'boggy' where you walked then it definitely doesn't need any more water!

Winter lawn care

Winter lawn care is a fine balancing act. Your lawn's needs are so different in winter compared to summer, so it's important you get it right. Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we've been providing winter lawn care services for as long as we can remember! Take a look at our winter lawn care treatment here:

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If you have any other questions about looking after your lawn through winter, why not give us a call on 0800 111 4958? Our specialist team are happy to advise you where they can.

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The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, and with four different governments making announcements on a near-daily basis, you can perhaps be forgiven if you've lost track of the current rules for your part of the UK.

A lot of people - including both lawn care professionals and the homeowners who require their services - don't seem to know whether lawn care companies are allowed to continue working right now. Let's take a look at the latest rules (as of 20th November 2020) and what they mean for your lawn.

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Having a healthy, luscious piece of lawn in the front or back garden is what every homeowner dreams of, especially if you have a lot of people passing by that can see. I mean, who doesn't want to be the envy of the neighbourhood, right? Well, in order to achieve the lawn of dreams, you need to know how grass works and the best ways to make it grow. If you don't, you'll soon realise that your dreams of a green meadow are quickly turned to brown waste. So, exactly does grass need to live and how can you ensure that your lawn doesn't die out? Lawn & Weed Expert are here to help!

Read on to find out what your grass needs to live and how you can help to achieve the lawn that you've always wanted.

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winter lawn

Winter can be a very testing time for your lawn. As temperatures plummet, your lawn needs to adjust to harsher, wetter and more challenging conditions. Often, winter is the season where the majority of lawn diseases and problems arise. 

In today's blog, we're going to take a look at some common lawn pests, how to spot them and how to get rid of them. We know that lawn maintenance in the cold might seem unappealing, but leaving these pests to destroy your lawn will have terrible consequences in the spring. 

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Grubs

We talk about grubs (in particular, chafer grubs) a lot here at Lawn and Weed Expert. They're capable of causing severe damage to your lawn as they crawl and chew their way through your grassroots!

Now, you may think that grubs won't survive the winter, but these little blighters have a cunning way to stay alive. Rather than roaming around the surface of the soil, the grubs dig further down into the soil where the harsh conditions can't reach them. Here, they are protected for as long as they need - eventually emerging in the spring to snack on your lawn once again.

If you spot any signs of grubs in your lawn, you really do need to get them treated straight away. You can't assume that winter will do the job of a professional lawn pest removal service because in this case, it simply won't! 

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Ants

If you've ever had an infestation of ants in your home or garden, you'll know they're a real nightmare to tackle! On your lawn, they can create unsightly mounds where they've built their nests. If you see one ant, you can almost guarantee that there are several other colony members right behind it - just waiting to wreak havoc on your lawn. 

Are ants common winter lawn pests? Well, a colony of ants that was perfectly comfortable living on your lawn through spring and summer might go looking for warmth and shelter in the winter months, so a lawn infestation left untreated could lead to a bigger problem inside your home.

These winter lawn pests will do their best to damage your lawn throughout summer and will turn their attentions to your home when winter comes around. So, it's vital that you get any developing ant infestations treated as quickly as you can! Enquire about our ant control services today.

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If you've come across any winter lawn pests that you're not capable of treating on your own, speak to the experts here at Lawn and Weed Expert. We'll help you get your winter lawn pests under control in no time.

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Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we come across lots of different lawn diseases on a daily basis. Sadly, even the best-kept lawns can fall foul to lawn diseases once in a while, particularly if conditions are perfect for lawn diseases to thrive. We're going to take a look at some of the most common lawn diseases and what causes them so that you can do your part in preventing the development of lawn diseases in your garden. 

The number 1 culprit - Fungus!

There are fungus and mould pathogens in most garden soils. For the most part, they live under the surface of your lawn and help to decompose thatch. In these low levels, fungus and mould can actually benefit your lawn. However, given the right conditions, a build-up of fungus and mould in your lawn can lead to lawn diseases like red thread, slime mould, snow mould and more! 

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Red Thread

Red thread is a lawn disease that's caused by the fungus Laetisaria fuciformis. It's prevalent all year-round, but it thrives in warm & wet conditions. You'll usually find it on your lawn during the summer months when the weather is humid. Red thread is a fairly common lawn disease that can be treated using a fungicide.

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Slime Mould

Slime mould feeds on dead organic matter, so leaving autumn leaves on your lawn might be the cause of this disease. It develops on lawns when the concentration of saprophytes accelerates quickly due to warm and wet conditions. Slime mould comes in many different forms, some slime mould clings to the grass leaves while other types sit on top of the grass as if placed there. Either way, slime mould can be unsightly!

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Snow Mould

Meanwhile, snow mould favours cold damp grass, so poor water drainage during the autumn/winter months can cause this type of lawn disease. From our experience with snow mould, the disease first presents as brown patches of grass but later turns into fuffy white material on the surface of the grass. Hence the name 'snow mould'.

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If you've noticed any of these lawn diseases on your lawn, we can help you identify the cause and treat the problem quickly. Don't let lawn diseases take hold of your lawn! Give us a call if you have any questions - 0800 111 4958.

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Sandy soil is made up of large soil particles that don't stick together very well. It has a gritty texture, and is especially common in coastal regions.

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As with all types of soil, sandy soil has both its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's start with the positive stuff...

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Freshly-laid lawn can make any property stand out, adding some much-needed kerb appeal that enhances the look of your home. However, sometimes you may wake up to the unsightly look of mushrooms and toadstools all over your grass, which can send you south pretty quickly.

There's no need to panic though, as mushrooms and toadstools are a common feature of many lawns during the right time of year and they are pretty easy to get rid of. If you've walked out onto your lawn to a new gathering of mushrooms and toadstool and want to know how to remove them, you've come to the right place!

Read on to find out more...

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Did you know that since the turn of the century, the number of hedgehogs in the UK has fallen by nearly 50 per cent!? A 2018 report found that the population of hedgehogs in England, Wales and Scotland is now at one million, in comparison to three million in the 1950s. That is a drastic fall in such a short amount of time but it's not too late to start making a difference. 

There are a number of things that you can (and can't do) in order to make your garden a safe haven for hedgehogs where they can come, relax and hopefully reproduce in safety to get the numbers back on the up! 

Here we will outline some of these things you can do to create a hedgehog-friendly space and help the cute, spiky creatures around your neighbourhood. 

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how to choose grass seed

Planting new grass seed can help you improve the density, colour and quality of your lawn. There are a lot of different seed mixes on the market, and choosing the most suitable one isn't always easy. Don't worry, our lawn care experts have done their research and they can advise you on the right kind of grass seed for your lawn.

Standard Grass Seed 

Most standard grass seeds contain hard-wearing grasses and can be used pretty much anywhere in your garden. We often recommend a standard grass seed mix for homeowners with pets or children because the grass looks great but is fairly hardwearing. 

The types of grass you can expect to find in a standard grass seed include tall fescue, browntop, ryegrass and more. Unlike other types of grass seed, standard grass seeds are fast-growing and require regular upkeep.

This type of grass seed would be perfect if you're experiencing a problem with your lawn, such as dry or dead patches, that you want to fix quickly.

Shaded Grass Seed

Some lawns require a special kind of grass seed to help them survive in challenging conditions like shade. Shaded areas don't offer much natural light so the standard grass seed might not thrive. 

Shaded grass seeds contain a lot of fine-leaved species such as hard fescue, slender creeping red fescue and browntop. 

Seed mixes designed for shaded areas are not always the most hardwearing, so only choose a seed mix for shaded areas if your lawn won't be bombarded by heavy footfall. 

Luxury Grass Seed

Made using a combination of fine-leaved grass species, these grass seeds produce some really lovely looking lawns! They're often a little pricier than other grass seed mixes, but it's worth the extra cost for the best looking lawn on your street - right?

Because these mixes contain delicate fine-leaved species, they're not the most hardwearing but most homeowners are happy to make the sacrifice for the improved appearance. 

Some of the grass species you will find in luxury grass seed mixes include strong and slender creeping red fescue, chewings fescue and browntop. 

One of the main benefits of a luxury grass seed mix is that they take a long time to grow compared to other types. This dramatically reduces the amount of upkeep that your lawn will require. 

Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we offer an overseeding service that can give your lawn a new lease of life. Get in touch to find out more. 

Bonfire Night (5th November) is fast approaching, and with large gatherings still prohibited due to COVID-19, you may be wondering whether you're allowed to build a bonfire in your back garden in lieu of attending a public Guy Fawkes celebration.

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