Did you know that all products used to protect plants in your garden must be authorised by the Chemicals Regulations Directorate? It’s true!

Each product must go through a strict testing process prior to hitting the shelves, ensuring that all pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are safe and won’t cause damage to the environment.

This applies to all plant protection products (PPPs), including those used to control weeds; however, it’s not the only bit of red tape to be found when it comes to weed control.

There are also a variety of laws and legislations when it comes to the actual use of pesticides and weed killers too – particularly when it comes to professional weed services.

To keep you in the know and out of trouble, here’s the ins and outs of the whacky world of weed control.

 

weed killer license

 

For Your Ivy Only

If you fancy yourself as a regular James Bond of the backyard, fending off the spectre of weeds before they ravage your garden can be a great way to ensure the longevity of your lawn.

Luckily, you don’t need a licence to kill if you are tending to unwanted weeds on your own property. In fact, such odd jobs can help save your grass from the jaws of death.

However, when it comes to hiring a professional that charges for such a service, whoever is providing that service is going to need a valid weed killer licence to do so.

Even some professional-grade weed killer products come with a requirement for a professional applicators licence, so take care when ordering weed killer online.

 

The Spray Who Loved Me

Weed removal services will need to be carried out by professionals that are qualified to do so. Commercial use of professional weed killer without a weed killer licence can result in prosecution.

The recognised industry qualification is the NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (aka PA1 and PA6).

The course itself typically involves two units: one theory and one practical. The completed course provides the individual with a lifetime qualification that allows them to safely use pesticides in public places.

The PA1 foundation unit is the theory side, covering legislation, health and safety requirements, precautions, product label information, safe handling and use of pesticide application.

The PA6A is the practical side, covering the manual handling and safe use of pesticides using knapsack sprayers. Additionally, completion of the PA6AW assessment allows you to apply pesticides near water.

 

The Weed Is Not Enough

When dealing with professional weed services, you may come across the term “grandfather rights”. This is in reference to a loophole that allowed those born before 31 December 1964 the ability to apply professional crop protection without a weed killer licence on their own or employer’s land.

However, the so-called “grandfather rights” exemption came to an end on 26 November 2015, with further implications coming into effect on 1 January 2019. As a result, all weed removal professionals need an individual licence to use weed killer commercially.

 

Dig Another Day

If you’re looking for professional weed services from a fully-qualified provider you can trust, look no further. Lawn & Weed Expert are, as the name suggests, experts in weed removal and are more than up for any garden challenge you want to throw our way.

With over 20 years’ experience, we know a thing or two about lawn care. Save yourself the hassle and let us do the groundwork for you. You won’t be disappointed with the results!

 

For more information on weed removal or the weed services we provide, call now on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, drop us an email using the button below and request a FREE lawn survey today!

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Garden lawns require a decent amount of water in order to boast healthy, green grass. However, as the old saying goes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

This is definitely the case when it comes to lawn water and waterlogging can be a serious issue. Luckily, we have a few tips up our sleeve to help get your lawn out of deep water.

 

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Effects of rain damage to lawns

When it comes to the effects of too much water on your lawn, problems with too much rain range from waterlogging to weed growth.

Here’s are few of the most common problems that can put a serious dampener on your soggy grass.

 

Weak grass

Heavy rainfall can dilute the soil, washing away much of the nourishing nutrients the grass needs. This can result in stunted roots and weak, frail grass that struggles to grow.

 

Dead roots

When water fills the gaps in the soil, it blocks the roots’ air supply, effectively suffocating them. Not only can this damage the roots and stunt their growth, it can potentially kill them entirely over time.

 

Fungus

Excessive water can essentially drown the soil, causing the roots to rot. This can become a breeding ground for fungus, resulting in unsightly yellow grass and lawn disease.

 

Weeds

While torrential rainfall can damage healthy grass, it can have the opposite effect on weeds. If left, your lawn could see the tide turn over time as healthy grass makes way for unsightly weeds.

 

How to prevent rain damage

It’s often said that the best form of defence is a good attack. Why wait for rainfall to damage your lawn when you can take pre-emptive action and avoid it altogether?

Here’s a few top tips to keep your garden healthy, even in the event of an impromptu monsoon.

 

Let it breathe

Aerating the lawn can be a great way to improve drainage and aid the flow of oxygen to the roots. Pierce the affected surface liberally with a fork, taking time to gently wriggle one the spikes are in the ground. For particularly bad waterlogging, use a hollow tine aerator and fill the gaps with horticultural sharp sand to soak up the moisture to speed up the recovery process.

 

Traffic control

Walking on waterlogged grass can compact the soil and cause irreparable damage to the ground beneath, turning your lawn into a muddy swamp in no time. Avoid damaging your lawn by taking the age-old advice – stay off the grass!

 

Clear the gutters

A great preventative measure that often goes overlooked is the house guttering. Waterlogging can occur as a result of poor drainage and ensuring your actual drains are clear can help address that issue easily.

 

Fertilise

One of the best ways to help your lawn recover from bouts of heavy rainfall is to treat the surface with fertiliser. Wintertime often brings with it harsh weather, so efficient fertilisation during spring can make all the difference.

 

 

Professional Lawn Care from L&WE

While the above methods can be helpful in breathing life back into your lawn following a damaging spell of rain, perhaps the best course of action to really give your grass a fighting chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the experts.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we have the knowledge and experience to give your lacklustre lawn a real shot in the arm and nurse it back to health in no time.

Our team of trained professionals come equipped with specialist equipment not available to the general public. This, combined with our horticultural expertise, can help turn your backyard bog into a mean, green grass-kicking machine that can fight back from the worst waterlogging experience.

What’s more, we can not only restore your lawn back to its former glory, but we can make it perform better than it ever has – leaving you with a garden that not only looks radiant and bog-free but also fit and healthy for the future.

 

For more information on rain damage to lawns or to find out more about our lawncare services, call 0800 111 4958 now or click the button for a FREE lawn survey today.

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With summer now officially here, outdoor fun, garden play and general sunny shenanigans are immediately promoted up the list of evening and weekend activities.

As such, it’s time to turn our attention to the garden and, more specifically, prepping it for the impending summertime socials.

To ensure your garden has you walking on sunshine this summer and not trudging through sludge, soil aeration is a great place to start.

 

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What is soil aeration?

Compacted soil can hinder its absorption of vital nutrients needed for healthy growth and vitality. As such, soil aeration is a vital component when it comes to maintaining a healthy lawn.

Aeration methods help perforate the ground, providing better ventilation by loosening up the soil and reducing the soil density.

This allows for better access to oxygen, water and nutrients, providing a better opportunity for growth, enhancing drainage and boosting fertility.

Aeration also helps prevent lawn disease and the nutritional benefits of the spiking can help your lawn become stronger, with better-developed roots and a heightened drought tolerance.

 

Why aerate your lawn?

Most British gardens made up of silt, sand and loam soils will benefit greatly from occasional aeration; however, for clay soil, it can be a virtual pre-requisite.

Clay soil is easily compactible and notorious for its poor drainage. As such, aeration can make all the difference.

Footfall can naturally compact lawn soil, necessitating the need for aeration. For clay soil gardens, this footfall can be particularly traumatic and leave a literal lasting impression.

If you plan on having a herd of family and friends stampeding your lawn this summer, be sure to keep your lawn in fighting shape by strategic aeration throughout the year.

 

How to aerate your lawn

To aerate your lawn, use a fork to pierce holes into your grassy surface and gently rock back and forth to loosen the ground underneath.

Continue this process in a uniform fashion across the entire garden surface until you have covered your whole area of lawn.

You may want to make multiple passes over the most compacted areas of your lawn to ensure the problem areas have been effectively covered.

If a fork is unavailable, this process can also be achieved using a spade; however, a fork is preferable. For the best results, seek out a special lawn aerator – these are widely available in both step and roller form.

 

Professional Lawn Aeration Services

While you can aerate your own lawn to help keep your grass healthy, there’s nothing quite like a professional service to breathe some life back into your grass.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we offer comprehensive aeration and spiking services that are both effective and affordable.

Using professional equipment and expert knowledge, we can give your garden a shot in the proverbial arm that will keep it alive and kicking no matter you have planned for it this summer.

 

For more information on how to improve soil aeration and our professional lawn aeration services, drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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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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Are you wondering how to grow a lawn care business from the ground up? Here we take a look at some simple marketing tips that make growing a lawn care business a walk in the garden, or park! 

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 for new emerging lawn care businesses to enter the market.

Managing and growing a lawn care business requires an understanding of some key principles, such as:

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

Setting up and growing a successful lawn care business might seem like an impossible challenge if you've no experience in 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 on How to Grow a Lawn Care Business:

  1. Measure your business 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 business is one thing, but adjusting your business strategy in response to your findings is what will really make your lawn care 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 lawn care 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.

 

And there we have it! A few simple tips on how to grow a lawn care business aimed to help you get to grips with your new business and drive your all-round management to the next level.

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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