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. 

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Your lawn can be damaged for a number of reasons and it can be really frustrating! Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we always advise that you get your damaged lawn repaired as quickly as possible if you want to prevent further damage later down the line. In today's blog, we look at some of the different ways you can repair your lawn and restore it to its former glory.

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Lawn grass

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It's a good idea to do this occasionally - keeping your grass thick and healthy will make it more difficult for weeds, moss and other growths to take over your lawn. Densely-grassed lawns are also more resistant to drought.

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You've spent all summer getting your lawn in tip-top shape. Your grass has finally taken on that lush green colour you've been working so hard for, you've mowed the perfect stripes, and the length is just right. Time to relax, right?

But then, all of a sudden, the weather turns wet and gloomy and autumn settles in. Dead leaves have started to take over your garden, and those summer barbecues feel like they happened years ago.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of work for lawn-conscious homeowners to do at this time of year. You still need to care for your lawn in order to prepare it for the colder winter months and help it to bounce back when spring returns!

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lawn care skills

If you are looking for a new career or have a love for lawn care that you would like to turn into a full-time job, the professionals here at Lawn & Weed Expert can help you!

With our intensive and thorough lawn care training course, you can learn all of the essential lawn care skills needed to not only tend to yours and other people's lawns but to run your very own lawn care business. In as little as 5 working days, we can teach you everything you need to know to start up and run a successful lawn care company that will hopefully see you not only transform a lot of people's lawns but earn you a lot of money along the way.

So, what exactly are the lawn care skills that you will learn with us? Let's take a look!

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best way to aerate lawn

As nice as it would be to have a beautiful lawn with very little effort, there are lawn care and maintenance jobs that you need to do to achieve that perfect, luscious green lawn. One of the most overlooked jobs when it comes to lawn care is lawn aeration. People either can't be bothered to do it or don't think it makes much difference (which couldn't be further from the truth!) Aeration plays a key role in making sure that water and nutrients can get to the roots of your lawn.

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autumn weed control

Keeping your lawn looking its best during the autumn months is a massive challenge. It's a time of year where fewer sunlight hours and colder temperatures are starting to creep in and it can have a really detrimental effect on your lawn.

Very quickly moss, weeds, and pests can quickly take over if left unchecked. Some people simply close the door on their garden for the autumn/winter months and decide to deal with the problems in Spring... but we highly recommend getting on top of your lawn care in autumn

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