when do daisies bloom

Daisies are a native, perennial plant that can be found in most lawns across the UK. Many of us have great memories of plucking these off the school field and creating daisy chains, but as cute as they are, daisies are considered a weed by most gardeners. 

Knowing when daisies bloom can help you be prepared for their emergence so you can deal with them quickly and efficiently! So, when do daisies bloom?

What time of year do daisies bloom?

Like most plants, daisies bloom seasonally. The first daisies start to emerge in spring (March) and the last daisies of the year bloom at the start of autumn (October) when the weather starts to get colder again. 

If autumn/winter happens to be very mild one year, daisies can continue to bloom all year round, but their most prevalent blooming months are April to June when growing conditions are perfect. 

Daisies are one of the most common lawn weeds because they can grow pretty much anywhere. Whether your soil is acidic or alkaline, aerated or compacted, daisies will find a way to bloom. It's important that you keep your eye out for daisy blooms and choose a daisy management strategy that works for you.

How can I manage daisies blooming in my lawn?

If you want to manage the daisies in your lawn there are a few different approaches you can take. For small patches of daisies, you should be able to remove them by hand using a sharp gardening tool eg. shears. 

To remove larger patches of daisies, you should mow your lawn regularly. Bear in mind that mowing the lawn is great for removing the daisy blooms, but it might not prevent the daisies from spreading to other areas of your garden in the future. Any daisy heads that land on the soil could germinate and create a new daisy problem.

Read more: How to Remove Daisies from Your Lawn

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Grass is a living thing, and like any living thing, grass has certain needs that must be fulfilled if it's going to keep living.

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why is my lawn covered in worm casts

When you're striving to achieve a perfect, mess-free lawn, the last thing you want to see are worm casts popping up all over the place. Today we take a closer look at what worm casts are, where they come from and how you can get rid of them. 

What are worm casts?

Worm casts are a sign of earthworm activity, they're little heaps of soil that get ejected onto the surface of your lawn out of the worm's digestive tract. While worm casts might seem like an unwelcome addition to your lawn, they're actually perfectly normal and can indicate that your lawn is nice and healthy. Earthworms are beneficial for your soil and also provide a tasty snack for garden birds. 

Why is my lawn suddenly covered in worm casts?

If you've noticed a sudden influx in the number of worm casts on your lawn, it's probably due to a change in weather. Earthworms thrive in damp weather which is why your lawn might be covered in worm casts during autumn and damp winter months. It's common for you to notice more worm casts covering your lawn in the mornings as worms are most active at night. The ground at night is cooler, damper and the worms can feed on the surface without worrying about predation from birds and other animals.

Positives of worm casts in your lawn

While you might consider the worms in your lawn to be pests, they're actually quite good for your soil (as long as there aren't too many of them!) As earthworms munch their way through your soil they loosen thatch forming in the grass and they help to break down organic material, providing nutrients to the soil.

The movement of earthworms through the soil also aerates the soil, loosens compacted dirt and can help key elements like food, water and air circulate around the roots of your grass.

What if I don't want my lawn to be covered in worm casts?

There are definitely some benefits to having worms in your lawn, but we understand that some gardeners strive fo a really pristine look - which means the worm casts have to go! 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get rid of worm casts is to use a brush or dense rake to brush the dirt back over the lawn. When you mow the lawn, the worm casts will be pressed down into the soil again. 

Applying topsoil to a lawn that's been damaged by worm casts can help to level out any irregular lumps and bumps. A good layer of topsoil will also help to revive plants that have withered around the worm casts, so don't miss this step in your lawn care routine.

Lawn maintenance is the key to reducing worm casts.

The most efficient way to prevent worm casts from covering your lawn  is to keep your lawn well-maintained all year round with a proper lawn care programme. Think about it, worms favour grass that's compacted and waterlogged. If you keep your lawn in good condition, earthworms are much less likely to infest it!

Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we can offer you a range of services to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, including a regular maintenance program. From, weed control, to lawn fertilising and scarification, our team can do it. We even provide a range of pest control services to help you keep critters like earthworms, leatherjackets and moles at bay. Learn more about our pest control services below. 

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Dandelions growing in grass

The common dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is very pretty, and it has a number of uses in both cookery and herbal medicine. But if you want an immaculate, weed-free lawn, dandelions can also cause a lot of frustration - this plant is very unfussy about where it grows, and the long tap root makes it difficult to get rid of.

If you're looking for dandelion removal tips, see our blog on How to Rid Your Lawn of Dandelions. In today's post, we're going to focus on when dandelions tend to appear - hopefully, this knowledge will help you to be prepared for the next wave of dandelion growth in your garden!

 

Dandelion growing cycle

Dandelions can be seen between March and October in virtually all parts of the UK. Here's a rough overview of the plant's growing cycle:

  1. Flower - The dandelion's most recognisable feature is its bright yellow flower, which can bloom from early spring onwards. The flower serves to attract bees and other pollinators.

  2. Seed Head - As this animated GIF shows, the dandelion's flower eventually closes up and develops into the puffy white seed head that you may know as a 'dandelion clock'.

  3. Spreading the Seeds - A light wind is enough to remove the seeds from their stalk and blow them away to a new home, where they will settle and grow into new plants. If you've ever picked a dandelion clock to see if you can blow all the seeds away with one puff, you have helped with this process!

  4. Leaves & Tap Root - Once a dandelion seed has found itself a decent place to settle, it sprouts leaves to capture sunlight. This light is turned into energy via photosynthesis, and the plant then uses this energy to develop the long, loathsome tap root that makes dandelions so difficult to permanently remove. It also grows a bright yellow flower, and the dandelion's growing cycle begins anew!

 

Make your lawn a dandelion-free zone!

If you'd rather not see your lawn overrun by those bright yellow flowers, Lawn & Weed Expert can help.

We offer a comprehensive weed control service, using broad-spectrum systemic herbicides to rid your lawn of dandelions as well as many other common plant species.

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how to protect your garden from wind

Think about the wind as you're planting

Creating a wind-proof garden can be quite tricky if you're not well acquainted with the way the wind moves through your garden. Depending on the position of your house, your outbuildings and your fences, the wind will flow around your garden in a very specific way. Some areas might be caught in a kind of 'wind tunnel' while other areas might be much more still and calm.

If you're worried about the way wind will affect your plants, we'd highly recommend planting in the calmer areas of your garden where the force of the wind tends to be its weakest.

Sometimes, the sunniest, most appropriate place to grow something lies right in the windiest part of your garden. That doesn't mean that you can't grow your plants there, it just means you have to get creative and make windbreaks to calm the wind.

To change the way the wind flows around your garden, you could add a semi-permeable fence that will still allow the air through (but at a less intense rate). Alternatively, you could plant shrubs and trees around the windy area to take the brute force of the wind and provide some protection for your more delicate plants.

Any large object like a fence, a shed, a water feature or a greenhouse can be used to deflect the wind and provide an attractive windy garden solution. Don't let the wind get the better of you!

Give unstable plants a stake

A great way to keep tall, unsteady plants from falling foul to the wind is to provide them with some kind of anchor. No, we're not talking about weighing down their stems with heavy objects to stop them blowing away (that's what the roots are for!) We're talking about providing a stake or trellis that the plants can grow around and grasp onto.

Climbing plants like tomatoes, honeysuckle and clematis all require some kind of frame or pole to latch onto for support. Whether you grow them close to a fence, create a purpose build a trellis or stick a solid wood stake in the ground, these climbing plants are sure to be thankful of it on a windy day.

These measures are ideal for low/medium winds, but you may need to take your protective measures one step further if a storm is on its way!

Reinforce your greenhouse and trellises

Sometimes winds can get out of hand and simple stakes or trellises might not do the job. If you're aware that a storm is due to arrive over the next few days, you might want to make some simple improvements to the protection you already have in place.

Adding anchors to the base of trellises and stakes will prevent them from being carried away. You could use concrete breeze blocks or make your own anchors by filling bags with soil and tying them around your stakes and trellises.

Greenhouses are generally very well-built and heavy, often made of glass or reinforced plastic. That being said, greenhouses can weaken over time, and a strong gust of wind could send your roof panels into the neighbours garden, leaving your prized plants open to the elements.

Using heavy blocks to anchor down the parts of your garden that are most prone to flying away is a great way to protect your garden from the wind. Also, ensure that all the doors of your greenhouse are closed properly, this will stop the wind from getting inside and lifting your greenhouse up and away from within!

These are just a few windy garden solutions to protect your plants from the wind. If your garden has been damaged by the wind, we may be able to help. Get in touch to discuss our expert lawn services.

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