As soon as the clocks go back signifying the end of British summertime, you can guarantee two things: shorter days and colder weather.

Sadly, neither one of those seasonal traits lend themselves well to gardening and, while the former can be depressing, the latter can have a particularly damning effect on the green, green grass of home – specifically your home.

Ensure your green fingers don’t come down with frostbite this winter by implementing these fool-proof tips into your garden defence.

 

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Bring Out Your Dead

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to give your garden a spring clean. Or should that be a winter clean… either way, you get the idea.

Dead plants, weeds and leaves can carry disease and fungus that can prove damaging to other healthy plants nearby. This is particularly applicable to spent annuals and vegetable plants.

Meanwhile, pests can also thrive amongst dead, rotting vegetation, which too can cause subsequent damage to your garden.

Removing any plants that have past their expiration date should remove the problem and any possibility of springtime issues down the line.

 

Get the Drinks In

If a drop in temperature is predicted in advance, pre-empting the big freeze and watering your plants ahead of time can pay dividends once the cold spell hits.

Sub-zero temperatures can cause the ground to freeze, preventing water from permeating the surface and ultimately reaching the roots.

Getting ahead of the curve allows your plants to soak up the moisture while it still can, which can be particularly helpful when it comes to annuals and potted plants.

Speaking of potted plants…

 

All Gone to Pot

Terracotta plant pots can make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden. Unfortunately, terracotta isn’t invincible and this is never more evident than during the wintertime.

To prevent your pots from cracking by gathering them up and placing them together, ideally in an unexposed area of the garden that’s sheltered from the elements, such as near the house.

For an additional layer of protection, you can even go one step further and wrap them up with hessian or horticultural fleece for enhanced insulation.

The combination of swaddling your plant pots with heat retentive materials and grouping them together in a huddled formation should help ensure they survive the winter unscathed.

 

Mulch Ado About Nothing

As noted above, the harsh winter conditions can make the surface hard and difficult for water to permeate. To counteract this inevitability, mulching over the autumn/winter can help the soil to retain water and regulate temperature, protecting your plants in the process.

What’s more, adding mulch to your flowerbeds will help keep root temperatures stable, preventing churning and heaving, while it can also inhibit weed growth. Meanwhile, as the mulch breaks down, it naturally deposits additional organic nutrients into the soil.

 

 

For more tips on autumn and winter garden protection, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.

Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.

To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.

 

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Garden Flooding Solutions

Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.

 

Get Some Fresh Air

Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.

To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.

Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.

 

Gutter Talk

While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.

If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.

Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.

Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.

Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.

 

Vive la France!

For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.

In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…

A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).

This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.

The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).

 

Call in the Pros

If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.

Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.

 

 

For more information on how to stop garden flooding or to find out more about garden services from Lawn & Weed Expert, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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With over 20 years of experience in the lawncare trade, Lawn & Weed Expert isn’t just a fancy brand name – it’s a moniker we take great pride in reinforcing, time after time after time.

In our effort to provide the ultimate weed removal service, we don’t just eradicate weeds from private homes and residential properties, we also provide weed removal services for commercial properties too.

 

Commercial Property Weeds

Weeds don’t discriminate and are just as likely to hit commercial properties as they are your back garden. From nettles to algae and everything in between, unsightly weeds and undergrowth can be a real eyesore.

For commercial properties, this can be of particular importance and be the difference between attracting and repelling passing customers. After all, if a company has low standards of appearance, what does that say about its quality of service?

Meanwhile, large plots of land attached to or associated with commercial premises can also be subject to weeds and cause issues as a result. For example, company car parks overrun by weeds not only reduce space but also pose potential hazards, in addition to looking aesthetically awful.

Luckily, LWE offers a bespoke weed removal service that’s tailored for you and your commercial property – designed to send weeds packing and keep your property looking inviting and appealing to the public from season to season.

 

What is Commercial Weed Removal?

Much like a residential property, commercial weed removal is a simple process with one goal in mind – a weedless scenery.

From the first point of contact, our team of experts will visit your commercial property to provide an initial assessment of the premises.

From there, we will be able to outline the suggested course of action and subsequently provide time scales and quotes for the service required.

Naturally, this assessment and resultant diagnosis can vary depending on the size of the land and extent of the weed coverage.

Once agreed, our team will get to work on removing your weeds and returning your plot back to its former weed-free glory.

 

Commercial Weed Removal with LWE

With a bit of TLC from LWE, our weed removal services have the ability to breathe a second lease of life into your commercial property

We currently offer our extensive range of commercial weed removal in Cardiff, Swansea and the wider areas around South Wales and have helped a range of commercial customers achieve a flawless finish.

Previous clientele has included a variety of high-profile brands, including the likes of car giants, BMW. In fact, we’ve helped a number of notable showrooms achieve a flawless forecourt to house their awesome autos.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to own a branded showroom full of quality cars to reap the rewards of commercial weed removal. We’ve also supplied our services to a number of business centres across South Wales, helping keep the workplace looking professional and weed-free.

 

If you manage or own a commercial property in the South Wales region, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to request a FREE survey or drop us a line using the link below.

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When it comes to killing weeds on your property, chemically-enhanced weed killers are great for eradicating any unwanted and unsightly guests.

However, chemicals and over-the-counter weed killers can also come with a risk. Powerful chemicals can be just as effective at attacking your lawn as they are the weeds.

So, with that in mind, it’s good to have a few organic aces up your sleeve, just in case.

Weed out those irritating lawn invaders and turn your lawn into a weed-free wonderland with this guide on how to kill weeds without killing your grass.

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With a seemingly endless stream of technological innovations arriving with each passing year, it seems that the world is becoming increasingly reliant on ever-decreasing realism.

From micro-bladed eyebrows to lab-made vital organs, the 21st century is becoming increasingly reliant on faux surrogates for the real thing. Even the media has become notoriously reliant on fake news and even phonier politicians!

Gardening is no exception and has long been the breeding ground for artificial stand-ins, from house plants to Christmas trees. However, one garden feature that has seen a notable increase across the UK is artificial grass.

Is it all it’s cracked up to be? In this blog, we take a closer look and see how artificial grass weighs up against vs real grass.

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