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Looking after your lawn is an all-year-round endeavour, and it can be difficult to know what you're supposed to be doing from one season to the next.

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Lawn mower on grass

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a lot of chaos and confusion, and while the current lockdown is necessary to save lives, it must be said that the government's social distancing guidelines have occasionally compounded that confusion.

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Bored of your current job? Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side!

Grass greener on the other side

If you're considering a career change, the team here at Lawn & Weed Expert can help you to break free of your dead-end job and start your own lawn care business!

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Daisies in grass

Daisies can be quite pretty, can't they? Many people enjoy picking them to making daisy chains, and the thought of walking barefoot through a meadow of daisies on a sunny day is a rather appealing one.

The RHS website even advises gardeners to think twice and "decide if you really want to combat these plants". But pretty or not, the common English daisy (Bellis perennis) is still a weed, and if you've got daisies in your garden, they're competing with your lawn for essential moisture and nourishment.

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Dandelions

Dandelions are a very common sight in British gardens, parks and fields. They are characterised by their bright yellow flowers, which eventually mature into 'dandelion clocks' - those fluffy seed heads that fly away when you blow on them.

The sunny yellow dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) might seem harmless enough, but it's still a weed, and a frustratingly resilient weed at that. If you have dandelions on your lawn, they may be robbing your grass of vital nutrients and moisture. So it's important to get rid of them in order to keep your lawn as healthy as possible.

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Lawn diseases

The grass in your back garden is a living thing, and just like human beings, lawns are susceptible to a variety of diseases.

If your lawn has been looking a little unhealthy of late, the cause may well be some kind of lawn disease. But there are lots of different conditions that can affect British lawns - so how do you identify what type of disease you're dealing with?

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If you're a new homeowner - or if you just want greener grass in your garden - let our lawn care experts show you the ropes!

Green grass on lawn

Lawn maintenance can be tiring, time-consuming work. When you buy your first house, you may well yourself in the position of having to look after a lawn for the first time in your life - just one of the many joys of getting a foot on the property ladder!

But don't be daunted. Once you've managed to establish a regular lawn care routine, you'll be surprised by how easy - and even enjoyable! - this task it can be.

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Bespoke lawn care

Every lawn is different, and what works in someone else's garden might not be quite right for yours.

We at Lawn & Weed Expert have been looking after lawns for many years now, so we know more than most about the importance of providing the right care for the right lawn at the right time.

That's why we always carry out a FREE lawn survey before undertaking any work in your garden. It's crucial for our lawn care specialists to familiarise themselves with the unique characteristics of your grass so that they can recommend the best course of action.

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Using lawn fertiliser is a great way to keep your grass looking healthy and robust, but moderation is key - after all, it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Overdoing the fertiliser can give your lawn a scorched appearance, like this:

Lawn fertiliser burn

Photo by Sten Porse (source: Wikimedia Commons)

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Protecting lawn from digging dog

It's great having dogs - they're great company, they're always happy to see you, and if you can keep them still for long enough to take a photo, they're great for getting a few extra likes on Instagram.

But it can be difficult to keep your lawn in peak condition when you share your home with one or more canine friends. We discussed in a previous blog post the problems that pet urine can cause in the garden - today, we're going to look at how to protect your lawn from a dog who won't stop digging!

 

Why does my dog keep digging up the lawn?

Your dog may be digging holes for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Animal instinct. Dogs sometimes dig holes in order to hide bones, toys and other items in the ground and keep other animals from taking them. Digging can also be part of a nesting instinct.

  • Stress / anxiety. Excessive digging may be a sign that your pooch is frustrated or anxious. Have a think and try to identify the source of their stress (e.g. loud noises, being left alone for long periods).

  • Heat. If the weather is too warm for your dog's liking, they may dig to expose cool soil and create a spot that's shaded from the sun.

  • Boredom. It may just be that your dog is bored and trying to make their own entertainment!

Here's a hint: look at where your dog is digging, and this may give you some clues as to why they're digging. Does your pet repeatedly dig up the same spot? Do they tend to dig at the perimeter of your garden (as if trying to escape), or do you find holes all over your lawn in seemingly random places?

 

Tips to stop your dog from digging in the garden

If you're tired of finding holes in your lawn and you want to put an stop to your dog's digging habit, there are several different approaches that you can try. Here are some suggestions:

  • Supervise your dog while they're in the garden. If you're used to letting your dog loose in the garden while you do something else, it may be time to start keeping a closer eye on them. Go out in the garden with your pet, and if they start trying to dig, stop them with a firm 'no'.

  • Give your dog somewhere else to dig. If you have a sandpit or an empty patch of soil on your property, encourage your dog to dig there instead of ruining your immaculate lawn. Why not bury your dog's toys and let Fido unearth them?

  • Take your dog somewhere else to exercise. Running around on the lawn shouldn't be your pet's only source of exercise. Visit your local park or take a daily walk around the block - this will give your lawn a bit of a break and hopefully make your dog less inclined to mess it up!

  • Make sure you're spending plenty of time with your dog. If you're not making enough time for your friend, this may be contributing to their compulsion to dig. Don't neglect your dog - be sure to show them lots of affection and spend plenty of time playing with them.

  • Distract your dog with chew toys and other playthings. A good chew toy or a raw bone can keep a dog occupied for a surprisingly long time. If you're giving your dog plenty to do in their leisure time, this will give them fewer opportunities to start digging again.

If your dog has left your lawn looking less than its best, Lawn & Weed Expert can help. Get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert to arrange your FREE lawn care survey.

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