As Tom Jones once said, it’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. However, in practice, maintaining such green grass can be quite a task – after all, it’s not unusual.

In pursuit of garden greatness, gardeners nationwide are constantly battling against a myriad of horticultural headaches, from weeds to waterlogging and everything in between.

Luckily, help is at hand!

Keep your lawn as green as can be with these top tips designed to keep your grass in tip-top condition, all year round.

 

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Best Green Grass Tips

Maintaining a gorgeous garden is a year-round endeavour. Follow these seasonal steps to keep you grass a healthy green, whatever the weather.

 

Early Spring

Early spring is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its time to shine over the summer months ahead.

During this period, take time to aerate your grass by piercing shallow holes across your lawn with a garden fork.

This will loosen the soil and allow oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots, promoting healthier grass growth.

For the greenest surface, remove any moss present by using a moss killer. Once the moss killer has taken effect, scarify your lawn to remove any dead moss and thatch to prevent lawn disease.

Finally, pull up any visibly noticeable weeds and reseed any areas that are bare, taking time to loosen the topsoil first.

Overseeding can also encourage denser grass growth, limiting room between the blades and preventing weeds from surfacing.

 

Late Spring

As spring comes to a close, your lawn should begin to take shape and grass will soon rise to the occasion.

Begin to mow your lawn regularly during this time, ensuring you only trim around 20% of the grass at any one time.

While scalping your lawn may logically translate to fewer cuts, cutting more than 50% of the blade length can damage your grass and cause stunted root growth.

Gradually lower the height of your mower until you reach the desired grass length. You can leave the short clipping on the lawn as a natural fertiliser.

 

Summer

With grass now at the height of its growth, your main priority during the summer is to stay on top of your grass with regular mowing.

It’s important to make sure your mower blades remain sharp over the summer as blunt blades can tear the grass rather than cut it. This can add stress to the grass, causing the tips to turn yellow.

Much like the springtime, avoid cutting your grass too short. While grass growth will be quicker, taller lawns naturally appear greener. Longer grass is also usually healthier and will help shade out weeds.

The hot, drier weather can cause your grass to become dehydrated. Avoid a thirsty garden by making sure you water your lawn after every cut, encouraging growth and recovery.

 

Autumn

As grass growth begins to slow down in line with the change of season, you should cut back on your mowing… no pun intended.

Allowing your grass to grow during this time will help it to recover from wear and tear of the summer, while it can also allow it to gain some height for the winter period ahead.

Aerating the lawn during this period can also repair areas of grass that have been worn over the course of the summer.

Finally, treat your garden with a slow-release autumn fertiliser to keep your grass protected as temperatures drop and help your lawn endure the colder weather.

 

To get your garden on the fast track to a greener pasture, why not call in the experts? Call Lawn & Weed Expert today on 0800 111 4958 for more information on our lawn care services or click the button below for a FREE lawn survey.

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Invasive species of plants are a green-fingered enthusiast's worst nightmare! Here in the UK we commonly encounter three main species of invasive plant, these are; Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan balsam. These invasive plants all bring with them a plethora of issues, but in our opinion, the one you need to be most concerned about is Japanese knotweed. 

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that originates in Eastern Asia. It made its way over to Britain and began terrorising our gardens during the early nineteenth-century, and it wasn't long before we realised it could cause physical damage to walls, houses and other structures.

To prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading, it's important that you get the help of a licensed Japanese knotweed removal company. Tayor Weed Control, our sister company, offers free surveys and comprehensive Japanese knotweed treatment plans to assess, remove and monitor the problem before it causes any significant damage to your property.

Removing other 'invasive' weeds

While not 'technically' considered invasive weeds, it can be argued that pretty much any weed you come across in your garden is an invasive nuisance! Garden weeds pop up in all kinds of places we don't want them, on the driveway, between the patio slabs, in the drainpipe (the list goes on..) 

Did you know that, besides making your lawn look beautiful, we also offer a weed control service that will eradicate all manner of weeds, so they can't invade any other areas of your garden!

Some of the weeds we most commonly treat include:

  • Dandelions
  • Nettles
  • Buttercups
  • Bindweed
  • Ragwort
  • and many more!

We use herbicides that you can't buy commercially to kill your weeds safely and efficiently, with most of your weeds decomposing within 14 days of treatment. 

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Lawn care business

Thinking of starting a lawn care business? If you'd like to make your living looking after other people's lawns, here's what you need to know...

 

How to get started

If you want to fast-track your new business, you may be tempted to invest in a franchise. There are many different lawn franchises to choose from, and the benefit of doing it this way is that you'll be piggybacking off an established brand - plus they'll usually supply you with the equipment and the basic training you'll need to get your business up and running.

The downside of purchasing a franchise? You'll often be required to pay royalties, and perhaps more critically, you won't have ultimate control of your business. This can be frustrating, especially if you like to get creative with branding and marketing.

Lawn & Weed Expert offer a great alternative to the traditional franchise model: we'll train you up and help you to get the right tools, but after that, you'll be in control and you won't have to pay any royalties on the sales you make.

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FAQ time! Here are some of the questions that our trainees tend to ask us:

 

How much does it cost to set up a lawn care business?

Start-up costs are relatively low compared to the sales and profits that can be generated once your lawn maintenance business is up and running. The basic equipment and essential materials cost just a few thousand pounds.

 

Is lawn care a good business to get into?

Yes, lawn maintenance can be a very lucrative niche indeed - it's hard but rewarding work, and you'll be spending your working days outdoors rather than cooped up in an office!

 

How much money will I make?

Your profits will obviously depend on how many clients you can find and how many hours you're willing to work, but there is the potential to generate a turnover of several hundred thousand pounds within a few years.

 

Will I need a licence / permit?

Any pesticides, fungicides or herbicides you use must be authorised by the Chemicals Regulations Directorate. Read our blog on this topic to learn more.

 

Adam's start-up success story

Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we can equip you with all the skills and resources you'll need to get your lawn treatment business started - but why take our word for it? Watch our video to see what Adam (owner of Mint Lawn & Weed) has to say about the assistance we provide!

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How to be successful: lawn care business tips

Running your own business comes with a lot of perks - you can choose your own hours and take the company in whatever direction you like - but it takes a lot of work to make a lawn care start-up successful.

First and foremost, you must provide an outstanding service that meets your customers' expectations. Leaving a trail of unhappy customers in your wake will quickly destroy your company's reputation - review websites like Yell, Google and Trustpilot make it easy for folks to air their grievances, and a single 1-star rating could be all it takes to shatter a potential client's confidence in your lawn maintenance service.

But let's assume you're capable of making your customers happy. What else can you do to turn your little lawn treatment business into a smashing success?

  • Set up a Google My Business account. This will help your business to show up when somebody in your area performs a Google search for 'lawn care services' or similar. It will also give you more control over how your business looks in the Google results.

  • Ask satisfied customers for online reviews. We've already mentioned the impact a negative review can have on your business - but positive reviews can be just as powerful! If a customer mentions how pleased they are with the job you did on their lawn, why not politely ask them to leave a review on Yell or Google?

  • Go where your audience are. Think about the people you're targeting, and focus your advertising efforts on the channels they're most likely to engage with. For instance: is there a local newspaper that specifically focuses on your service area? Are your potential customers using Facebook, or would Google Ads be a better use of your online advertising budget? Could you benefit from more old-fashioned promotional strategies, like letterbox flyers and magazine ads? Is there an upcoming networking event that could land you a couple of lucrative commercial contracts? Ask yourself questions like these, and the answers will help your business to grow.

MORE BUSINESS TIPS HERE: Growing Your Lawn Care Business

 

Ready to start your lawn business? Call Lawn & Weed Expert on 0800 111 4958 for a no-obligation chat, or click here to find out more about the training and assistance we can provide!