We were recently called out to repair a lawn in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan. The owner had attempted to scarify their own lawn, but the results were less than satisfactory - when we arrived, the grass was bare, patchy, and in need of a thorough makeover.

Lawn before and after top dressing

The lawn in Wenvoe before (left) and after (right) treatment by Lawn & Weed Expert

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Puppy on small lawn

It's nice to have an outdoor space to call your own. Even a relatively small garden can be a source of much pride and enjoyment!

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Lawn weeds

If you want to keep your lawn in immaculate condition all year round, you'll need to keep an eye out for weeds. As we've discussed previously on this blog, the definition of 'weeds' is somewhat subjective, but essentially, any plant that's growing where it isn't supposed to may be considered a weed.

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Watering grass with a hose

SHORT ANSWER: Mature lawns generally do not need to be watered during the autumn months. Newly-laid turf must be watered regularly.

Grass is a very resilient plant. A hot, dry summer may leave your lawn looking rather the worse for wear - patches of yellow or brown grass are a common sight by the end of August - but it should recover quickly once the autumn rains arrive.

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Red thread grass

Red thread is a fungal lawn disease that frequently affects UK lawns. It is especially prevalent in late summer and autumn, when humidity levels are high.

If you've spotted those telltale red threads amongst the grass in your garden, don't panic - this disease can be fought! An application of fungicide should do the trick, although it may take a few weeks for your lawn to fully recover.

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Autumn lawn

Isn't autumn wonderful? The crisp air, the colourful foliage, the pumpkin spice lattes...everything is just a little bit more magical at this time of year.

Still, for all its charm, autumn can also bring challenges. As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, the grass in your garden may need a bit of extra looking-after in order to continue flourishing.

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If you have a lot of deciduous trees in your garden, then you'll be starting to see a lot of brown and orange leaves appearing on the ground. Of course, if you're keen to keep your lawn looking green and healthy, you're probably wondering how to deal with this sudden mass of fallen leaves. Well, you've come to the right place! Our lawn care experts are here to give you all the tips you need to deal with fallen leaves.

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Have you ever seen a gorgeous pattern on a lawn or pitch and wondered just how people manage to create them? Yeah, us too! Seeing a person's lawn with beautifully cut stripes is enough to make the whole street filled with envy, but you don't have to wonder anymore and it's pretty easy to do. Here is Lawn & Weed Expert's guide to getting stripes in your lawn. 

stripes on lawn

The stripes that you see on lawns are simply a result of light reflecting off the grass blades in a particular direction. One row of grass will be facing away from you whilst the other is facing towards you in a lush, uniform fashion that makes your lawn fabulously stand out.

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During the autumn months, keeping your lawn healthy can be a big task due to several common lawn diseases. In order to prevent major damage being caused to your lawn as a result of these diseases, it's imperative that you're able to identify, diagnose and treat the diseases as quickly as possible. Here, we go through some of the most common autumn lawn diseases and offer some advice on how is best to avoid them, saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.

autumn lawn diseases

Signs & symptoms of autumn lawn diseases 

During the hotter summer months, it's completely normal for your lawn to look a bit off-colour. However, when autumn comes along, the grass on your lawn should start to green-up again nicely. A healthy lawn will be a uniform colour with no bare bits and no odd-coloured patches. If the sward does contain discoloured spots, then there's a pretty good chance that your lawn has fallen victim to one of the common autumn lawn diseases. Typically these diseases have been confined to the autumn and winter months but their seasons are starting to expand as our winters become milder. So, despite us looking mainly at autumn diseases, be sure to take the information away and keep an eye on your lawn all year round. 

So, let's take a look a the different autumn lawn diseases you are likely to come across!

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