winter garden birds

When the temperature drops it can be a little less tempting to pop in the garden and enjoy nature. Nonetheless, there lots of different winter garden birds to be seen if you do fancy wrapping up warm and going out to look for them. In today's blog, we're going to explore some of the most common winter garden birds in the UK.

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With winter well and truly upon us, many homeowners may be asking themselves if the same lawn care routine they've been carrying out during the earlier parts of the year can be continued into the latter part of the year. 

"Can I still mow the lawn in the winter? Does my lawn need extra fertiliser? How often do I water?" These are all common questions that you are likely to ask yourself as we head into winter. But, as like the previous seasons, winter brings with its own lawn care requirements that you'll need to follow in order to sustain the healthy lawn that you've created throughout the year.

In this article we focus on mowing, providing you with the expert advice and information that you'll need to ensure the health of your lawn is maintained throughout the whole of winter. So, let's get to it! 

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Clay soil

As we explained in our blog post about the different types of soil, clay soils are made up of very small particles that are prone to clumping together.

Clay soil has a number of benefits and drawbacks, so let's take a look at both the good and the bad, then we'll explain how you can improve the quality of the soil in your garden.

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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. 

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Lawn care company worker

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. 

lawn grubs

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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winter ants

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! 

red thread

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

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

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.

Sandy soil

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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!

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