While undoubtedly cheaper in the short term, DIY gardening can indeed come at a hefty price in the long run.

How so? Poor garden maintenance and improper technique can see your lawn deteriorate before your very eyes, leading some tricky and troublesome problems.

But it doesn’t have to be that way – especially if you call in the pros!

Keep your green, green grass of home under control with a little help from the experts.

 

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DIY Hard

Whether it’s a blown lightbulb, a burst pipe or a broken oven, maintaining the home can be an expensive process and one that continues to rack up maintenance bills year after year.

The high cost of professional services often leads to homeowners to take the DIY approach; however, specialisms within the home often provide a limit to where you can go with base knowledge alone.

When you want a kitchen fitted, you call in a kitchen fitter; when you want an extension built, you call in a builder; even when it comes to cleaning, many Brits like to call in a cleaner to get their hands dirty. Yet, for some unknown reason, that same ethos rarely extends to the outdoors.

 

Benefits of a Professional Gardener

Gardening remains one of the key specialist tasks on a property that, more often than not, homeowners are happy to roll up their sleeves and give it a go themselves.

Either that, or they leave it go entirely and hope for the best. Either way, the result can be trouble for your home turf.

While it can save you money initially, cutting corners with DIY gardening can be costly. Here’s a few benefits of hiring lawn experts for your outside space.

 

Knowledge is Power

If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, trouble probably isn’t too far away. That ethos can be applied to most things in life and gardening is no exception.

From overzealous pruning and over-watering to poor fertilisation and lawn scalping, common mistakes of DIY gardening can lead to a myriad of issues down the line, including lawn disease and even dead grass.

They say pride comes before a fall, but it doesn’t have to. If you’re an amateur gardener with limited horticultural knowledge, save yourself the headaches and enlist the help of an expert.

 

Tools of the Trade

Shovels, hoses and lawn mowers aside, most modern homeowners are incredibly unequipped for the demands their gardens throw their way – and understandably so.

Good quality garden tools aren’t cheap and can take up a lot of space, requiring their own designated storage space when not in use (which also isn’t cheap). By the time you’ve spent out on tools and storage, you could have had the job done professionally!

What’s more, an expert will have a variety of professional equipment to hand for a range of garden eventualities, including many specialist items you likely won’t own yourself, from lawn aerators to scarification machines.

Save yourself the money on tools and storage by calling in an expert that already has the tools of the trade to hand.

 

Eye for Detail

Certain lawn afflictions can be hard to detect for the untrained eye, leaving the problem untreated and left to deteriorate further. This one of the most common problems with DIY lawn care.

Over time, this can lead to serious issues and not only ruin the look of your garden but also significantly damage its overall health as well.

A professional lawn expert will know exactly what he’s dealing with and be able to detect problems that would otherwise go unnoticed. If identified early enough, this can then be treated easily and effectively.

When it comes to lawn disease and bug infestations in particular, catching it early on can be crucial so this reason alone is well worth the investing in a pro.

 

No Off-Season

It’s common for amateur gardeners to spend a lot of time giving their lawn, plants and flowers a healthy dose of TLC during the spring and summer months. After all, the weather is inviting, it’s nice to be outdoors and that’s typically when plant and grass growth is at its highest.

Conversely, the colder winter months see the outdoor space far less utilised and far less loved. Who wants to be outdoors, tending to weeds in the cold wind and rain? A key perk of professional lawn care is that it keeps your garden in peak condition year-round, with specialist seasonal treatments specifically for the change in climate.

 

Wow Factor

For the house-proud homeowner, a presentable garden can really complete the appearance of your property. What’s more, it can also act as the perfect venue for social gatherings and barbeques when the weather is fine.

However, when it comes to creating a truly awesome aesthetic in your garden, no matter how good your gardening skills are, chances are, a pro could top your efforts handily.

With extensive knowledge of grass, plants and flowers, as well as the appropriate fertilisers and lawn care techniques for peak performance, professional attention can allow your garden to live up to its true potential.

Wow your friends and family, make your neighbours jealous and make the most of your outdoor space by enlisting the aid of a pro.

 

If you want your garden to live its best life, why not give the experts a call today? Call Lawn & Weed Expert now on 0800 111 4958 or hit the button below for a FREE lawn survey.

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Marketing tips to help you turn your fledgling lawn care business into a huge success!

Growing a lawn care business

Are you ready to turn your passion for lawn care into a lucrative business and leave your dull desk job behind? You couldn't have picked a better time! The demand for ground workers and lawn care specialists is set to increase by up to 20% over the coming years, so there's plenty of room from new emerging lawn care businesses to enter the market.

Managing and marketing a business requires an understanding of some key principles, such as:

  • What your business's goal is
  • Who your target audience are
  • Where you've got the best chance of reaching them

Setting up and growing a successful business might seem like an impossible challenge if you've no experience of entrepreneurship. But don't worry - here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we've helped lots of people to build and develop their own lawn care franchises into well-established, successful businesses. So we've got lots of lawn care business tips to help you on your way to success!

 

Tips for Growing Your Lawn Care Business:

  1. Measure your business's performance - Our first piece of advice will help you keep your growing lawn care business on track at all times. Setting your initial business goals is a vital step, but making sure you're meeting them is equally important! Measuring your business progression will highlight areas that need improvement, reassure you that your lawn care business is moving in the right direction at all times, and allow you to spot and resolve any problems quickly!

  2. Learn and adapt - Continuously measuring the success of your lawn care business is one thing, but adjusting your business strategy in response to your findings is what will really make your business grow. In addition to your monthly / quarterly / annual performance data, be conscious of changing seasons and trends, as these factors are likely to impact the number and type of customers who'll require your lawn care services. If you continually tweak your business to meet current demand, you'll always be one step ahead of the competition. Never become complacent with the business you're operating - there is always room for growth and improvement!

  3. Employ a trustworthy team - In the initial stages, you might choose to take on all responsibilities yourself: lawn care treatments, accounts, administration, marketing, and everything else that comes with running a business on your own. To help your business grow, however, you might want to employ others to help with different tasks further down the line. Be sure to employ people whom you can trust to provide a high-quality service to your new client base and keep things running smoothly.

  4. Client influence - One of the easiest ways to attract new customers is to ask existing customers to leave you a nice review, recommend your business to a friend, or come back for additional lawn care treatments in the future. You could offer loyalty rewards for repeat customers or deals for those who 'refer a friend' to expand your client base rapidly. In this day and age, it's very rare that people make a purchase or use a service without reading a few reviews first, so don't be afraid to ask your clients for Facebook, Google or Trustpilot reviews too.

If you are interested in starting a lawn care business of your own, Lawn & Weed Expert can provide training and support to help you get off the ground. We'll even help you get to grips with the marketing side of things!

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Looking for affordable lawn care solutions in Cardiff. Look no further!

Based in South Wales, Lawn & Weed Expert offers the residents of Cardiff and the surrounding areas everything they could ever need in terms of lawn care solutions in Cardiff.

Whether you’re looking to breathe some life back into a dull fading surface or turf up your lawn with a radical revamp, L&WE are up for the challenge.

Backed by over 20 years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing Lawn care Cardiff can be proud of. Our wide range of services prove just that – read on and see for yourself!

 

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Seasonal Lawn Treatments

Lawns can be tricky to maintain from one season to the next, requiring a different approach that suits the weather, temperature and general climate.

Naturally, grass will grow far more rapidly in the spring and summer months than the autumn and winter, with the latter seeing very limited grass growth as the weather takes a dip.

As such, your lawn will need a lot of attention during the spring/summer, but that doesn’t mean your lawn doesn’t need some love come autumn/winter.

Luckily, here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we provide year-round lawn treatment tailored to your garden and specific to the season.

If you want to keep your lawn looking lush from season to season, call in the experts – the Lawn & Weed Experts!

 

Specialist Lawn Treatments

Within those seasonal services, we have a variety of specialist lawn treatments designed to keep your lawn looking great, as well as ensuring it stays healthy.

Here are a few of the services we offer:

 

Lawn Fertilisation

Professional fertilisation service, providing your lawn with professional care utilising specialist fertilisation products exclusively available to industry professionals.

Weed Control

Elite weed eradication and prevention service, removing the unsightly visible weeds as well as tackling the underlying issues and conditions that caused the growth.

Moss Control

Over-the-counter moss killers rarely tackle the cause of a moss issue. Our thorough and professional service an help eliminate moss and prevent it from returning at the same time.

Lawn Scarification

Our state-of-the-art scarification equipment can help prevent lawn disease and bolster the overall health of your garden surface, helping it stay vibrant all-year long.

Lawn Aeration

We use professional aeration machines to efficiently promote healthy airflow to your soil, providing it with the essential gases and moisture flow needed for healthy roots and grass growth.

Top Dressing

Effective application of top dressing can significantly improve growth and help optimise the properties of your existing soil, stimulating growth and enhancing drainage.

Turf Laying

Turfing over a new garden or revamping an existing one can be a great way to create an attractive garden. Get your garden off on the right foot with a professional finish that’s expertly done.

 

Other Lawn Treatments

But wait – there’s more!

In addition to all of that, we also offer a variety of grass care treatments should your grass fall foul to pest damage or lawn disease.

From red thread, grass fungus and yellow patches to ants, leatherjackets and mole infestations, we can radically eradicate your unsightly irritants in no time.

When it comes to lawn care, Cardiff and South Wales are in safe hands with the green fingers of Lawn & Weed Expert.

 

If you’re in need of lawn care in Cardiff or the surrounding areas of South Wales, why not get in touch today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to speak with one of our lawn care professionals instantly or click the button below get in touch and request a FREE lawn survey.

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If you happen to have a small garden, it’s important to keep your lawn in tip-top condition. After all, the smaller the space, the less room there is to hide imperfections.

An unkempt lawn can be very obvious in a modestly sized garden – that’s the bad news. The good news is that a confined space also means a smaller surface area to cover, making lawn maintenance considerably easier.

Better still, there are a few insider hacks for looking after your lawn in a small garden, making matters even simpler! Read on for the best lawn tips for a small garden.

 

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Tips for Lawns in Small Gardens

When it comes to small garden lawns, there are a number of ways to get the most out of it without A. breaking the bank or B. breaking your back. Here are our top tips to help your small garden lawn make a big impression.

 

Get some air

Aerating your lawn may be an alien concept to some British homeowners, yet it’s also one that’s well worth familiarising yourself with – especially if you own a small garden.

Small gardens are susceptible to waterlogging due to compacted soil. This can not only lead to unsightly boggy patches but can also cause your grass to wilt, yellow and potentially die if not treated. Luckily, the premature demise of your grass can be easily avoided by simple aeration.

But wait, “what is aeration?” we hear you ask.

Aeration is simply the act of ventilating your lawn and all that requires is a good old-fashioned forking! Simply drive a garden fork into your grass around 10cm deep and loosen the soil by rocking back and for. Repeat the process across the lawn for complete lawn aeration.

 

Path to glory

Tiles are a great way to make your garden look bigger. Call it an optical illusion, call it cheating, call it what you will – we call it effective.

Installing a winding footpath with garden paving slabs can break up your garden design, creating designated space for feature areas, e.g. flower beds, ponds or even storage. Meanwhile, using light-coloured tiles can also help make your garden seem more spacious.

Patches of grass that receive regular footfall are also more likely to display signs of wear and tear, often becoming bare over time. The addition of a footpath can help side step this unsightly eventuality and keep your garden green on the right path.

 

Be smart

For modest gardens, space is precious and every metre counts. Unfortunately, storage areas can take up a lot of that space. If your garden is already “fun-size” to begin with, a bulky shed could effectively monopolise your garden. Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 lawn points.

Luckily, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone (not that we condone bird violence in your garden). If you need an outdoor container to keep your garden bits and bobs, it’s well worth investing in space-saving storage.

Clever storage containers allow you to save space and increase the size of your lawn in the process. From benches that double up as storage chests to wall brackets for hanging your garden essentials, these ingenious solutions can extend your lawn considerably, giving your lawn more space to thrive.

 

Choose wisely

For many Brits, grass is grass – overlooked, undervalued and rarely given a second thought. However, choosing the right grass can make a big difference to your lawn, particularly if you have a small garden.

Small gardens are often situated in confined housing areas where lack of light and sun exposure can be an issue. If this sounds familiar, its important to opt for a grass seed that can handle the conditions.

Speciality grass mix is available on the market specifically aimed at shaded lawns with limited sun exposure. Similarly, there are also seed varieties that are tailor-made for certain soils, and even grass designed for surfaces that receive a lot of wear and tear.

 

Shape up

Shaping your garden into a designated area can be a great way to separate the grass from the perimeter, providing logical and aesthetically pleasing rim to your lawn. It can also present the perfect area for you to create a beautiful border with flowerbeds, hedges and plants.

Definition can not only make your lawn more attractive to look at from a presentation point of view, but it can also help from a practicality standpoint as well. Awkward slivers of grass can be tough to trim, so don’t feel the need to seed every square inch of your garden.

Garden shaping can be done simply by using a shovel or a half-moon edging spade to neatly trim the edges. This can instantly turn your lawn into a well-defined feature rather than an overlooked grassy base. Further definition can be achieved by adding a tiled border if desired; however, this can eat up valuable space.

 

For more information on lawn maintenance and keeping your lawn looking its best, feel free to drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, why not let our experts take a closer look? Request a FREE lawn survey today and find a solution that’s exclusive to you.

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While the name may not be a familiar term to many British garden owners, red thread disease is a well-known affliction within the gardening world.

In fact, it’s pretty notorious and is considered to be one of the most common fungal patch diseases in the UK.

As the name suggests, this unsightly ailment is characterised by a reddish tinge, particularly prevalent in humid conditions.

If that description has raised red thread flags in your mind, you’re in the right place. This page is dedicated to all things red thread – including how to get rid of it.

 

red thread disease targets moist grass

 

What does red thread disease look like?

As far as textbook definitions go, red thread is often described as pink mycelium clusters. Sadly, that description doesn’t translate well to most people walking the street, so it’s probably better described as patches of fuzzy red thread – hence the name!

If your lawn has been unlucky enough to succumb to the dreaded reddy threads of this fungal fiend, you may find your lawn is becoming patchy in areas, with grass turning reddish brown in colour.

In some cases, it can also be lighter in colour, with light pink patch grass forming; however, don’t let its delicate colour fool you – it can be a real eyesore that can spread and spoil your green garden in no time.

 

What causes red thread grass?

Red thread disease can occur at any time throughout the year; however, it’s most common during the latter summer months and early autumn.

The pinky problem can easily develop under moist, humid conditions and is more likely to rear its reddish head during times of hot yet damp weather.

Poorly aerated turf deficient in nitrogen is also the perfect platform for red thread to thrive. While it can affect a variety of grass lawns, red thread commonly affects red fescue, bentgrass and perennial ryegrass – three of the most common types of lawn grass in the UK.

Red thread can be easily spread through lawn mowing and transfer of spores through air and water. Meanwhile, red thread is also easily transported via contaminated tools or shoes, so be careful where you walk – don’t tread on the thread!

 

How do you treat red thread grass disease?

Luckily, red thread is a surface problem and doesn’t cause lasting damage to the roots beneath. As such, effective treatment can see your grass return to its natural green in a few weeks or even as little as just a few days’ time.

Chemical warfare

If you’re looking to rip your red thread to shred, the RHS recommends trifloxystrobin for red thread treatment. In the UK, this chemical can be found in many over-the-counter fungicide treatments, such as Bayer Garden.

While these treatments can be used year-round, over-use could lead to the fungus developing immunity to the chemical, so be sure not to use more than twice a year to be safe.

Non-chemical treatment

If you want to avoid using chemicals in your garden, applying nitrogen to the area can often suffice. However, this tactic isn’t without its risks either. Application of nitrogen after August can lead to further infection in the form of snow mould.

Wait and see

In some cases, red thread can disappear without treatment. That being said, if you’re concerned enough to be reading about it, chances are that your red thread issue may warrant a once over by some fungicide. After all, the best form of defence is attack, right?

 

How to prevent red thread disease

It’s often said that prevention is better than cure, so it’s wise to pick up a few tips on how to avoid red thread disease and ensure it doesn’t crop up again in the future.

Red thread disease can be avoided in a number of ways, most notably by ensuring your grass is well drained and aerated. Forking and scarifying your lawn surface can significantly reduce the risk of red thread, as can effective fertilisation to ensure it doesn’t become nitrogen deficient.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in all of these lawn care techniques and can effectively prevent/treat red thread in your garden both thoroughly and professionally.

For more information on red thread disease and our range of garden treatments, why not give us a call today on 0800 111 4958? Alternatively, feel free to request a FREE garden survey using the button below and let us take an expert look at your garden today!

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary of our friends across the pond, “curb appeal” is described as “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street”. A term popularised during the US housing boom of the mid-2000s, curb appeal has remained a popular phrase within the property and real estate business – and with good reason.

While many of us are familiar with the term “don’t judge a book by its cover”, it’s hard not to when it comes to housing. In fact, it’s fair to say it pretty much par for the course. After all, if your house looks like a complete mess from the outside, what does that say about what lies beyond the front door?

Luckily, there are a few very simple ways to change your exterior property from bombsite to dynamite, and we’ve laid them out in black and white. Increase your curb appeal with these simple tips that will leave your house looking like the cover of Ideal Home.

 

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Go green

Whether you’re looking to sell your house or just spruce up your home’s exterior aesthetics, the first stop for anyone looking to increase their curb appeal is, of course, the garden.

The front garden, whether it’s a small strip of grass of a winding path of greenery, is the entryway to your home. As such, it’s important to keep it looking tidy.

A front lawn facelift or a polished pathway can make all the difference, so get the gardening gloves on and prepare to go green!

 

Tidy the lawn

It may seem obvious, but giving your grass a trim can have a huge impact on the overall ambience of your home from the outside.

Similarly, a jungle that’s overrun with litter and weather-ravaged kids’ toys isn’t a good look for any property – unless of course, you’re going for the horror movie “creepy house down the street” effect.

 

De-weed/plant flowers

Once the lawn is tamed, all rusted bikes have been removed and the sun-faded plastic furniture has been banished to the depths of horticultural hell, you can now begin to give your garden the makeover it deserves.

Unsightly weeds are just that – unsightly. Don’t let your garden degenerate into the Little Shop of Horrors. De-weed and re-seed with some vibrant flowers of your choice to rid your plot of the unwanted offenders and revive your lawn with a touch of colour.

 

Trim hedges

There are few things more pleasing to the eye than a neatly trimmed bush – a fact well worth remembering when revamping your garden.

Hedgerow overflow can be a real eyesore on any property, not to mention a hazard if they happen to impede on a pathway or reach out into a pavement. What’s more, a wild hedge can shrink the size of your garden. Tame the overgrown undergrowth and keep your shrubbery lovely jubbly.

 

Jet-wash the path

Using a pressure washer on a garden path can be the patio equivalent of a defibrillator. A quick blitz from this bad boy can instantly bring life back to a fading surface that seemed all but lost.

Think of it as a high-velocity fountain of youth – it’ll knock years off your tiles and brickwork, leaving your path or patio looking young, youthful and good as new.

 

Garden art

Ornamental garden art can be a great way to bring the personality out of your property and help it stand out from crowd. If you want your garden to the belle of the ball (or, in this case, bombshell of the block), why not accessorise with some arty additions?

Whether it’s a rustic, metallic sculpture, a full-on water-feature or a simple, jolly garden gnome, an artistic addition to your outdoor space can bring your lawn to life and turn your garden into gallery of green.

 

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Beyond the garden

It’s not just your garden that grabs the attention of passers-by. Curb appeal can stretch right the way up to your front door. Bring aesthetic flair to your property with these simple tips that can offer instant curb appeal right on your doorstep.

 

Replace old hardware

Remember the intro to classic ‘70s sitcom, Fawlty Towers? The lettering on the hotel’s sign was habitually out of order, creating weekly comedy gold in the process.

Unfortunately, dodgy numbering and rusty signage is far less funny in real-life, not to mention far more off-putting. Whether it’s a rusty letterbox or a cracked doorbell, be sure to replace any unsightly hardware on your doorstep.

 

Outdoor lighting

Whether it’s a designer hanging lantern or a standard wall-mounted lamp fixture, effective lighting can transform how your home looks in the evenings, creating an inviting environment that radiates curb appeal.

Similarly, solar lights can be placed strategically in your front garden for that extra wow factor, keeping the spotlight on your property, even after the sun goes down.

 

Symmetry

There’s something about symmetry that makes for a superior visual across the board. Humans are scientifically proven to even find symmetrical faces more attractive. For home design, it’s no different.

Introducing symmetrical design on your doorstep can transform how your house is viewed from the outside. Whether this effect is created via planned placement of ornamental features (e.g. potted plants either side of the front door) or uniform design of outdoor lighting fixtures, the results remain the same – truly inviting.

 

Clean windows

Is there anything more off-putting about a house than a filthy window? Muddy, murky or cloudy windows are hard to hide and act more as a curb repellent than curb appeal. What’s more, dirt, debris and grime can stain and damage your glass over time.

Keep your windows clean to really let your property shine. Similarly, try to keep the inside of your window equally as tidy. A cluttered windowsill or broken blinds laying pitifully in full view can be an instant turn-off that’s hard to un-see.

 

Tile doorstep

A grubby surface outside your property can spoil an otherwise flawless outdoor space. From cracked tiles to dirty, moss-covered slabs, it’s a real mood killer.

A doorstep makeover can shift your home’s curb appeal into hyperdrive and act as the cherry on the proverbial curb cake. Whether it’s tiled surface or decking, creating an appealing path to your home is perhaps the greatest way to make an entrance.

 

For more information on how to spruce up your garden, drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958 or hit the button below to get in touch online.

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Keeping your lawn in tip-top condition can be a tough task for any working man or woman, whether you’re nine to five or otherwise.

When it comes to the fast-paced lifestyle of 21st-century living, downtime is often in scarce supply and the garden can often find itself bottom of the priority list.

Luckily, for the good folks of the Sully area, help is at hand and that hand comes fully equipped with some seriously green fingers!

 

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Why Lawn & Weed Expert for Sully lawn care?

If you’re looking for lawn care in Sully and the surrounding areas, you’re in luck. Sully is right, slap-bang in the middle of Lawn & Weed Expert territory, meaning your garden is in safe hands.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we take great pride in living up to our name and we’re hard to beat when it comes to expertise in garden grafting.

But don’t take our word for it – see for yourself in the Sully case study below!

 

 

Lawn Care in Sully and the Vale of Glamorgan

For Sully lawn care services, we really do run the gamut here at Lawn & Weed Expert.

From turfing and lawn fertiliser services to moss control and lawn disease protection, we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty for the good of your garden.

We’re well-versed in the art of weed warfare and masters in the field of plant preservation. Check out the list below for just some of the lawn care Sully and the Vale of Glamorgan has at its beck and call!

 

Lawn pest management Sully

Our lawn pest management services offer organic solutions to a variety of unruly inhabitants: from annoying ants to maddening moles and everything in between.

If you have an unwanted guest in your garden, our efficient treatment methods will effectively eradicate your troublesome tenants, while protecting your lawn against future infestations at the same time.

 

Lawn scarification Sully

Is your lawn littered with moss and thatch? Boost the health of your grass and protect your garden from lawn disease with our effective scarification service.

Using state-of-art scarification equipment, our team of experts can eradicate the excess dead matter that lies on the surface of the soil, ensuring your lawn remains lush, green and healthy.

 

Lawn aeration Sully

A result of repeated heavy rainfall only aggravated by footfall, compacted soil can be an organic issue that arises over time. This continued compression can make it difficult for air and moisture to flow to the roots, ultimately leading to weak grass.

To avoid such issues, why not breathe some life into your lawn with our unrivalled aeration service? We use the highest quality aerating machines to puncture the surface with hundreds of holes, ensuring your soil has plenty of room to breathe.

 

Lawn overseeding Sully

Like any living organism, plants can and will deteriorate over time. For your lawn, this can lead to patches of frail grass that are ripe for weeds and moss growth.

By-pass the rocky road to a lacklustre lawn and get your grass on the fast-track to health by overseeding. When combined with our other methods – such as aeration and scarification – overseeding is a sure-fire way to a greener pasture.

 

So, take note people of Sully – lawn care is just a click away! Weed out the competition and call 0800 111 4958 now for more information or hit the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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For many of us, lawn grass is simply that – grass. However, did you know that not all grass is created equal?

In fact, once you get to the root of the matter, there are actually a wide variety of lawn enforcers involved in this turf war, most of which come attached to an endearingly silly name.

Join us as we kick down that "KEEP OFF THE GRASS" sign and take a stroll through the meadows to explore some of the UK's most common grass types.

Types of lawn grass

Different types of lawn grass in the UK

There are actually a wide range of grass species out there beneath your feet, whether you’re teeing off at the golf course, taking a penalty on the football pitch, or sipping a gin in your back garden.

Knowing which surface is right for your property can be a tough task, so it’s important to know what’s what before you’re left out in the weeds.

Here are four of the most common types of lawn grass in the UK:

Dwarf Ryegrass

Ryegrass is the most common grass type in both the UK and the US. This is primarily due to the fact that it’s both fast-growing and highly resistant, with particularly good recovery powers. Naturally, this transatlantic popularity has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it’s also cheaper than anything else by a considerable margin…

That being said, ryegrass is undoubtedly an effective lawn surface; however, due to its rapid growth qualities, it does require regular mowing. This can necessitate two cuts per week during peak periods, while it also needs a lot of fertilising throughout the year to keep it on top form.

Annual Meadowgrass

Often viewed as a hybrid weed grass for its ability to infiltrate soil without an invite, meadowgrass is another common grass type found on both sides of the Atlantic. However, unlike its cost-effective cousin, this top turf has found popularity not because of its price but due to its sheer adaptability and ability to thrive in a whole host of different terrains.

Annual meadowgrass has shallow yet dense roots, allowing them to grow virtually anywhere. Sadly, its resilience doesn’t match its versatility, and the lifespan of meadowgrass is far from impressive. Meadowgrass can become very weak in wintertime and even die out altogether (hence “annual” meadowgrass).

This somewhat high-maintenance characteristic makes it more common amongst lawns that are continually cared for. As such, annual meadowgrass is a preferred favourite amongst golf courses and bowling greens, and is a regularly found in cultivated turf.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue

The slimline sibling of traditional red fescue, the aptly named slender creeping red fescue is another favoured choice amongst groundskeepers of the bowling green/golf course community. It’s also found in most lawn mixes for its two-fold qualities of aesthetic appeal and durable practicality.

Creeping red fescue survives well in dry and shady conditions, requiring less maintenance than most grass types in the UK. It also takes hold relatively quickly, making it a great grass choice for those starting a new lawn from scratch.

Common Brown-Top Bent

Common bent (also known as brown-top bent) is – as the name suggests – extremely common in the UK, especially in moorlands and wasteland areas.

While it’s capable of growing on most soil types from sand to clay, common bent is most common on soils with poor acidity, requiring relatively low-maintenance. That being said, it’s also capable of withstanding close mowing, making it another top candidate for bowling and golf greens.

UK lawn grass

Which grass is best for my garden?

With such a variety of lawn surfaces to choose from, finding the right one for your garden can be a daunting task, especially for those new to the gardening game.

To turf or not to turf? If not, sow what? So many questions!

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When it comes to keeping one's lawn healthy, serious gardeners will know how important it is to stay on top of things and keep the grass well maintained.

That being said, even if you’re not an avid gardener, it doesn’t take Alan Titchmarsh to run the mower over the lawn to keep your garden from becoming a jungle.

After all, when the sun’s got its hat on, the garden can be a really great place to enjoy some downtime, whether you’re kicking a ball around with the kids or simply kicking back with a beer or two.

However, Mother Nature does have a habit of throwing a green-handled spanner in the works from time to time. From a lawn care perspective, this can often come in the form of grass fungus and lawn disease.

Know your enemy and keep your garden from falling foul of fungus with this handy guide to the most common lawn diseases in the UK.

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Common types of grass fungus

Grass fungus can ruin a lawn almost beyond repair, so it's important to know what you're looking for. Here are three of the worst offenders to look out for in your garden:

Lawn Rust

As the name suggests, this bothersome blemish can leave an unsightly copper-brown stain on your beautiful green lawn, making it look more like military camouflage than the viridescent showroom shade of old. Worse still, lawn rust can often spread wildly due to the high volume of spore coverage.

Like any rustable element, the best way to avoid rust is to stay active. Actively keeping your lawn well-maintained throughout the year will help keep rust at bay, so be sure to remove excess thatch and keep your lawn well fertilised. However, take care to avoid fertilisers rich in nitrogen as this can have an adverse effect.

Lawn rust thrives on stressed, unhealthy grass and is especially common during summer periods of drought. As such, it’s important to take particular care during the summer months, when hot weather and reduced rainfall can have a significant impact.

If lawn rust has already hooked its coppery claws into your grass, it can be difficult to remove, even with the aid of an all-purpose fungicide. Patience is a virtue and, in this case, you’re just going to have to be very virtuous – it will go in time, so be prepared to ride out the storm.

Red Thread

Clawing its way into your garden as early as late springtime, this summery fungus is a bit like acne for your lawn. Red thread causes patches of pale, reddish pink to appear in blotchy spots across your garden.

Incredibly common in the UK, red thread is often mistaken for drought. However, it actually thrives in mild, damp conditions.

To avoid an invasion from the dreaded thread of red, ensure your garden has an efficient drainage system. Scarification to remove excess thatch can also help prevent red thread, while evening watering should also be avoided.

If you are too late for preventative measures, fungicide is a wise course of action. While this won’t cure existing patches, it will help to stop them in their tracks, allowing healthy green grass to grow back in its place. Iron sulphate can help give your lawn a fighting chance of recovery, while also helping to avoid a rematch.

Snow Mould

The troublesome twin of red thread, snow mould is the autumn/winter equivalent of its spring/summer sibling. Named for its penchant for growth under snow cover, snow mould is characterised by yellowy rings, often accompanied by a slimy white covering that can resemble cobwebs.

Healthy lawns can fight back, whereas a weaker surface may be vulnerable to attack. A well-fertilised lawn, rich in nutrients, will stand the best chance of fending off this frost-loving fiend, while iron sulphate is once again an iron-clad prevention method that’s well worth using.

As with red thread, prevention is better than cure, so scarification and drainage are your best allies here. If you are too late and snow mould has already taken hold, fungicide is again the best defence. Remove dead grass and reseed if necessary, taking care to take the aforementioned preventative steps in future to avoid a relapse.

Top tips for removing grass fungus

Aside from the the usual suspects listed above, grass fungus can come in many forms and strike at various times of the year in a variety of conditions. That being said, like any living organism, a lawn that’s healthy and strong stands the best chance of fighting off these disruptive diseases.

As the old saying goes, defence is the best form of attack, so keep your guard up all year round by effectively maintaining your lawn. Removal of thatch via scarification is a great way to avoid a fungal fright, as is fertilisation.

Be sure to keep an eye on your lawn, scarify when necessary, and ensure it's well fertilised from season to season. Iron sulphate is a great all-purpose fungus deterrent that’s effective on a variety of common fungi, so don’t be afraid to give your lawn a visit from the Iron Man to lay down the law on your lawn.

So there you have it: a handful of top tips to keep your lawn fungus free. For more info on how to maintain your lawn, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert today!

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So, you’ve changed your money, your passport is safely packed, and the dog is already raising hell at your sister’s house – everything is ready for your holiday!

Everything, that is, except your garden.

Often overshadowed by getaway fever, the back garden tends to be quite a long way down the list of priorities when holiday time rolls around. Naturally, the excitement of the trip takes over and the state of your lawn typically falls off the radar, overlooked in favour of packing and pre-journey anticipation.

That being said, for those with green fingers, gardens are a big deal and seeing all your hard work undone by a week in the sun can be heartbreaking.

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case! Keep your lawn in tip-top condition while you’re away on holiday using these garden-guarding hints and tips.

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Preparing your garden for your holiday

If you’re going away on holiday for a prolonged period of time, there are a few things that need to be sorted out before you go – especially if you want to return to the same lovely garden you left behind.

Here are a few foolproof ways to safeguard your garden when you’re not around:

Get your hands dirty

Weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s life at the best of times, but this fact is especially true during a holiday. These unscrupulous squatters compete with other plants for moisture beneath the ground, leeching water from the soil at the behest of your prize rhododendrons.

To safeguard your plants and flowers from dehydration, weed out the competition and rid your beds of these perennial pains in the butt before you head off.

Off with their heads

While the term “deadhead” could quite easily be applied to your impending mental state, post-happy hour at the poolside bar, the phrase – at least, in this context – describes the removal of flower heads when they are on their last legs. Deadheading prevents debris and directs energy into stronger growth.

It can also be beneficial to trim back emerging flowers as well. While beheading your flowers may seem a tad ruthless, it can help your plants conserve energy and power through during your time away.

Cut to the chase

Whether you’re away for five days, a week or a fortnight, cutting your grass, trimming your bushes, pruning your plants and mowing your lawn can have a profound effect on the health of your garden during your absence.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, it’s recommended that you cut the grass twice a week during the summer months, dropping to once a week during drier periods of consistent sunshine and fine weather.

Naturally, this won’t be possible when you’re away, so be sure to trim before you go, aiming for a closer cut the longer you are away. Leaving the clippings on your lawn will also help conserve and retain moisture in the lawn while you’re away.

Make it rain

Watering your lawn, plants and flowers before you go can make a huge difference when it comes to preserving your green garden-dwellers until you come back.

Plants need water to survive, and a rainless week or two during your time away can prove too much for even the most resilient flowers. Aim to water as late as possible before you leave.

Perfect timing

If your excursion happens to coincide with a summer heatwave at home, one fantastic way to prepare for the drought is to invest in a sprinkler system or automatic irrigation product. This will see your garden watered at regular intervals while you're away, safeguarding your horticultural haven and keeping it in a heavenly condition even in your absence.

Garden equipment experts Hozelock have even developed a garden watering system that’s paired with an app for remote accessibility. Incredibly, this Cloud Controller device can be controlled from anywhere in the world, allowing you to water your garden whether you’re enjoying a G&T in London, sangria in Spain, or beers on the beach in Australia.

Keep it in the family

Finally, one of the easiest ways to ensure your garden remains green and healthy is to simply ask someone to keep an eye on your garden while you’re away.

An occasional home visit by a trusted party is a great way to ensure your house is safe during your sunny sabbatical; why not ask if they mind watering the plants while they’re there?

Whether it’s a family member, a friend or even a close neighbour, sporadic watering of plants while you're away can be a real life-saver (quite literally in the case of some flowers).

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