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.

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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.

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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!

Don’t lay miserably; lay down the lawn with the help of Lawn & Weed Expert!

Call 0800 111 4958 to speak with one our lawn care specialists today, or click the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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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).

For more advice on garden maintenance and lawn care, why not give us a call on 0800 111 4958 and speak with an expert today? Alternatively, click the button below to send your query online.

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Much like a growing child, a Christmas turkey or a prize marrow at the county fayre, success in the garden can often come down to a solid feeding regimen – particularly when it comes to growing a luscious lawn.

A nutritious diet is key to healthy growth for virtually all living organisms, and you should treat your garden in the same manner. A malnourished lawn will result in a lifeless garden that’s on the fast track to a slow, colourless death.

Don’t force your lawn into a horticultural Hunger Games - keep it looking good with these lawn feeding tips from the pros here at Lawn & Weed Expert.

Lawn feeding tips

When to feed a lawn

Lawns benefit hugely from regular feeding - just about everyone knows that - but exactly how you feed your lawn can vary depending on the time of the year.

During the wintertime, your garden won’t grow much due to the low temperatures and overcast skies. On the plus side, this means less work for you!

Spring, however, is a different story. Appropriately named, this is the time to spring into action and get to work on prepping your garden for the summer sunshine that's just around the corner (in theory, at least – this is Britain, after all).

How to feed your lawn

Over the course of the springtime, it’s recommended that you begin to fertilise your lawn using your spring/summer fertiliser of choice. The RHS suggests beginning this process in late March / early April.

This process will help invigorate your lawn and prevent weeds and moss from rearing their ugly heads. If your grass begins to lose its colour as the months wear on, repeat the process between May and August.

Once you reach August, it’s recommended that you stop this process altogether. The nitrogen present in lawn fertilisers can boost growth at the wrong time of year, leading to weather damage, pest problems and potential lawn disease down the line.

When fertilising your lawn, it’s also vital not to over-fertilise. An overly-liberal spread can lead to a number of issues, ranging from pest problems to grass discolouration (a.k.a. fertiliser burn).

Feeding your lawn in the summer

During bouts of hot weather, grass can become stressed as a result of the heat. Fertilising your lawn during these periods can be costly as the dry conditions can make grass more susceptible to fertiliser damage.

If you must feed your lawn during these periods, wait until there has been a spell of rainfall and let the grass soak up the moisture before you try feeding your lawn again. If the weather allows, you can feed your lawn at intervals of 6-8 weeks over the summer months, but beware of the aforementioned nitrogen issues.

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Other spring/summer lawn feeding tips

If you have treated your lawn for moss, weeds or dead grass, you may want to over-seed the affected areas. Fork the area and rake before sowing the grass seed and watering accordingly.

Over-seeding can be tricky at times, particularly when it comes to matching the colour of the rest of your lawn. If the new patch does produce a different shade of green to the rest of your garden, you may want to over-seed the entire lawn to ensure consistency.

To maintain healthy moisture throughout the summertime (and other periods of sustained dry weather), watering once a week in the early morning can be a great way to ensure your grass keeps a healthy colour and doesn’t dry out.

If wet weather is commonplace, avoid further watering to prevent your garden from becoming waterlogged and incurring water damage. This is particularly important for newly-laid lawns as it can result in shallow rooting.

Feeding your lawn in the autumn

Feeding your lawn during the autumn months with the relevant autumn feed can help prepare your garden for the impending cold weather. Winter is coming and your garden could use some protection.

Specialist autumn fertiliser or year-round lawn feed can give your grass a real kick in the...roots, preventing moss growth as well as strengthening it in preparation for the wet and frosty conditions to come.

For more expert garden tips, check out our Lawn Care Advice pages. Alternatively, why not arrange a FREE lawn survey and let us cater for your lawn with a feast to remember?

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Transcript: Lawn Maintenance Schedule

The best way to keep your lawn looking gorgeous all year round is to follow a lawn care schedule. We created this lawn maintenance schedule with help from our specialist lawn care team. Feel free to share it with your friends or print it off and stick it on your fridge!

Spring – February to May

  • Mow

Mow your grass periodically throughout spring to stop it growing wild!

  • Overseed

Plant more seeds than usual to improve the thickness of your lawn.

  • Top Dress

Add soul mixes to the surface of your lawn to improve soil quality.

  • Aerate

Puncture the soil to alleviate drainage issues, reduce compaction & improve filtration of nutrients.

  • Deal with Pests

Pests are most prevalent this time of year, avoid infestation by eradicating them early.

  • Scarify

Remove moss and thatch from your lawn.

  • Treat Weeds

Apply herbicides to prevent your weeds from growing.

Need some assistance with your spring lawn care? Contact us now!

 

Summer – May to August

  • Mow

Mow your lawn throughout summer, it will still be growing rapidly!

  • Water

If summer is particularly hot, keep your lawn hydrated with a good amount of water twice per week.

  • Deal with Pests

Ants often build their nests in summer. Sweep them away or pour hot soapy water over the area.

Is your lawn not looking as healthy as it should this summer? We can help.

 

Autumn – August to November

  • Mow

Mow your grass in Autumn, it may be the last proper dry spell until spring!

  • Overseed

Plant more seeds than usual to improve the thickness of your lawn.

  • Aerate

We often experience rain in autumn, aerate your lawn to ventilate it and stop compaction.

  • Moss Control

Moss thrives in damp conditions, be sure to treat & remove it before it spreads.

  • Disease Protection

Diseases also thrive in damp (sometimes warm) autumn months. Check for fungus or unusual dry/yellow patches. Speak to a professional to treat your grass diseases properly.

Contact us if you need any help keeping your lawn healthy this Autumn!

 

Winter – November to February

  • Clear

As the leaves fall from the trees, they can smother your lawn. Use a rake to clear them away.

  • Aerate

Puncture the soil if you notice there is water is building upon the surface of your lawn.

  • Fertilize

Use a specially formulated winter lawn feed to keep your lawn healthy in the harsh conditions.

If your lawn is suffering this winter, speak to our specialists!

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A nightmare scenario for lawn lovers nationwide, the sight of brown, patchy grass can leave an instant eye-sore and insight an immediate pain in the butt.

Brown patches in your garden are a tell-tale sign of dead or dying grass. Light a candle, sing a hymn and hold a minute silence – it’s as good as done for.

Or is it?

Pull on your scrubs, grab a de-fib and prepare to play Garden God as we discover just how to revive a dead lawn.

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Reasons for dying grass

If deprived of water for a prolonged period of time, grass can naturally become dormant. Worse still, this can happen in as little as two to three weeks.

Luckily, one of the few upsides of British weather is that we very rarely have a spell of sun long enough to permanently put our lawns to bed and the risk of a light nap is probably the worst you can expect.

However, it’s not just water that can turn your garden into a barren wasteland. There are many reasons for dying grass, ranging from poor maintenance to Mother Nature.

Discovering which one led to your garden’s demise is vital in knowing how to treat it – so be prepared to play the role of Shrubbery Sherlock.

 

Drought

Perhaps the most common reason for dying grass, aforementioned demon drought can quickly turn a sunny spell into a death knell for your lawn. Like humans and animals, lack of water can take its toll and the plant world is no different.

Mowing

While it can theoretically prolong the period between cuts, mowing your lawn too short can cause untold damage to the grass – which could leave to a very long period between cuts indeed. If your lawn is left looking brown and bare, it’s likely you’ve been a bit too liberal with the blades.

Watering

It’s recommended that your lawn receive a good coverage of water once a week. Naturally, the weather conditions will dictate whether it needs more or less, but this is a good rule of thumb to go by. Over-watering or under-watering could lead your lawn to an untimely demise.

Insects

Pests can drain the life out of a lawn in no time, so it’s important to keep them at bay. Infested lawns surfaces peel back easily like a carpet so give the area the tug test if you suspect an infestation.

Fungus

Patchy brown areas can also be a giveaway of fungus damage on your lawn. Worse still, falling foul of fungus can quickly kill off your lawn, turning your green garden into a beige bomb site.

Pets

Do you or your neighbours own pets? If you/they do, your four-legged friends could well be the culprits for your fawny lawn. Nitrogen present in dog and cat urine can be lethal for your lawn, so be sure to keep tabs on Tiddles and a keen eye on Fido.

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Reviving a dead lawn

Okay, so you’ve got to the bottom of your grassy grief – now what?

Luckily, there are a few sure-fire ways to cure your summertime sadness. It’s not unusual for Britain to endure a prolonged spell of sun out of the blue, so be sure to keep an eye on your grass during a lengthy summer heatwave.

Lack of water is the most common problem associated with dead lawns, particularly in the summer months. If you’re wondering how to fix dead grass in summer, the watering can should be your first port of call.

Even if this isn’t the main reason for your garden’s demise, watering is a great way to ensure your grass stays healthy in the future. In short, keeping your garden moist with regular watering is definitely a wise move.

Better still, thorough watering can prevent and cure damage done by dog/cat urine. Watering in the morning time is highly advisable as this can also help reduce the risk of fungus as well.

Speaking of fungus, this can be caused by a build-up of thatch so be sure to remove dethatch areas affected. Liberal use of fungicide will kill any persistent cases.

Finally, keep pests at bay by not over fertilising your lawn. Like fungus, use of pesticides can rid your lawn of these turf dwelling menaces once and for all.

 

Tips for a reviving a lawn

Overall, there are a few steps that you can take to help drag your lawn from the jaws of defeat. Stick by these and you won’t go far wrong:

  • Water weekly in the morning time
  • Don’t over-water or over-fertilise
  • Trim regularly but don’t scalp
  • Use fungicides and pesticides if necessary

 

If you’re still unsure how to rescue your lawn from dying a slow and browny death, give us a call on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, why not let us take a look? Click below and book a FREE garden survey now!

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While turf lawns will be more expensive than a naturally-grown seed lawn, the instant transformation can be worth every penny. For the impatient gardener, there’s no contest – it’s lawn over seed every time.

Revamping your garden can be an exciting prospect, so let’s not waste any time mucking around in the dirt! Grab a set of gardening gloves, dust off your finest fork and let’s jump straight into the best time to lay turf.

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When to lay turf

If you’re looking to tune up your garden with the greeny goodness of garden turf, knowing when to do it can be a hugely important factor. Laying too early or too late could be setting yourself up for an almighty fall and mistiming your lay-day could see your freshly-laid lawn go downhill fast.

While the exact timing can vary from one expert to the next, the best time to lay turf is typically considered to be early to mid-autumn. The BBC says early; RHS says mid – we’ll let you decide who’s the authority on that one…

Autumn in the UK is typically considered to be between late September and late December, so – according to the timeline given by BBC/RHS – any time within the month of October would fit the bill perfectly. During this period, the grass will be able to root into the soil more easily, providing a secure foundation for your budding lawn.

 

How to lay turf

For the best advice on turf laying, a key lesson can be learnt from nu-metal icons, Limp Bizkit. While their gardening credentials may be a tad suspect at best, there’s no arguing that their song “Rollin’” is loaded with lawn laying tips.

Simple, yet effective, the chorus of “Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'” should be the anthem of turf layers worldwide. It seems the Limp Bizkit lads could have had a lucrative career in turf laying if the whole music thing didn’t pan out. And, if gigs ever dry up, who’s to say they still won’t?

However, there’s actually a lot more to laying turf than simply rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. It’s a good idea to prep your soil beforehand, skimming off any old grass and removing any stones, weeds and lumps.

Fill in any holes and fork over to ensure a level surface, taking extra time to rake for a fine finish. To further bolster your new lawn's chances, add a layer of fertiliser across the surface and water for good measure.

 

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Tips for laying turf

Now that the soil is primed and ready for a new coat of colour, it’s time to get your hands dirty and layer up. To ensure uniform coverage, it’s wise to lay your first roll of turf along a straight edge.

When rolling, try not to be too hasty in your approach. Slow and steady is the name of the game; slowly unravelling your turf will help you avoid damaging it.

Once your first roll is down, lay your second strip tight and up-close to the last. Continue this trend until the whole area is covered.

When rolling your turf, it’s also a good idea to let the turf run over the edge of your lawn area and trim to fit, rather than pre-cut to fit the space. Adding soil beneath the cut edges will prevent it from drying out.

You can ensure your turf has made a healthy connection with the ground beneath by firmly pressing down on the surface. Ideally, this can be done with a garden roller; however, it can also be easily accomplished with a tamper or the reverse side of a rake.

 

Maintaining your turf

Once your turf has been laid, now is the perfect time to sit back, relax and take in the satisfaction of a job well done. If you could then continue to do so for several weeks, that would be great, as freshly laid turf can take weeks to fully root. Avoid walking on your new lawn during this time as much as possible.

If you need to trim your new lawn over the wintertime (once the grass reaches around the 5cm mark), be sure to keep your mower blades set to high. Immediately balding your new lawn would be like giving yourself a buzzcut after getting a hair transplant and defeat the object of the whole thing.

 

Professional turf laying

While the above tips can be handy for anyone dead set on laying their own turf, it’s worth remembering that turf laying isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. Laying down turf yourself may save money short term but could cost you big time in the long run and finding the best time to lay your turf may be an even bigger headache.

If you really want to give your garden the TLC it deserves, why not consider getting your turf laid professionally? At Lawn & Weed Expert, we provide a high-quality turf laying service that will bring out the best in your garden and ensure you get the perfect finish.

For more information on lawn care, maintenance, treatment and the best time to lay turf drop us a line on 0800 111 4958.

Alternatively, if you’re considering having your lawn laid professionally, get in touch today for a FREE lawn survey!

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From seasonal lawn treatments to weed control and pest management, we provide a lot of different services here at Lawn & Weed Expert. When you get down to it, though, our ultimate goal is always more or less the same: to make our customers' gardens greener, healthier and lovelier to look at!

If you want an example of the results we can achieve, just take a look at this 'before and after' photo of one of our most recent jobs:

Lawn Treatment Before and After

What a difference, eh? That transformation is the result of our specialist lawn treatment service, which is available in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, and most other locations in South Wales.

While the specifics change depending on the time of year (e.g. specialist fertiliser in early spring, or heavy moss control if winter's on its way), our service almost always begins with a free lawn survey. This initial visit allows us to assess the current condition of your lawn and identify what it will take to turn your dull brown grass into a lush green delight.

If your lawn needs some TLC, please don't hesitate to contact the Lawn & Weed Expert team today!

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If you've spent the time laying new turf or spreading grass seed to try and improve the look of your lawn, then it's important you feed it properly to see the best results. Applying the wrong kind of fertiliser to your lawn can actually do it more harm than good, so don't go spreading any old fertiliser! Keep reading this blog to find out how and when you should fertilise your new lawn, or, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert and we'll select and apply the right kind of fertiliser to your lawn, so you don't have to worry about it!

High-Quality Soil:

One thing to bear in mind while deciding whether or not to fertilise your new lawn is the composition of the soil it's laid on/growing in. If you planted grass seed or laid turf over soil that is rich in organic material & nutrients, you may not have to fertilise your new lawn until it has had a couple of months to grow.

Similarly, if you applied a pre-turf fertiliser between the existing soil and your new turf, this should keep the new lawn fed while it establishes - requiring only regular watering to keep it happy! Once your new lawn has had plenty of time to establish & is starting to look green and luscious, it's wise to apply a slow release fertiliser that will help the lawn matures.

Poor-Quality Soil:

If the soil that you're laying turf or planting grass seed on is of poorer quality, you might want to apply a fertiliser that is rich in nutrients, often referred to as a 'starter fertiliser'. The type of fertiliser you should look for in this case is one that is rich in phosphorous and potassium. These minerals will promote root growth & robust grass blades, which is perfect for a new lawn.

Fertilisers that contain lots of nitrogen promote quick growth, but can actually put too much stress on young lawns and can stimulate the growth of weeds! 

Unsure About the Quality of Your Soil?

Don't worry, we aren't all experts when it comes to soil composition. The best thing to do if you're unsure what fertiliser your new lawn needs is to get a free lawn survey from the lawn care specialists here at Lawn & Weed Expert, or head to our lawn fertilisation page to read more.

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If you have any further questions about fertilising your new lawn, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 111 4958 and a member of our team will be happy to help you!