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While moss can be picturesque and charming plant to observe in the wilds of a forest, when it comes to your lawn, it’s a much less welcome sight. There are different techniques you can utilise when it comes to the prevention and removal of moss, but what can lawn aeration do to help gardens with a moss problem?

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Lawn aeration / spiking

Times are a little hard right now. The cost of living is going up, forcing UK households to stretch every pound as far as it will go.

However, despite increases in material costs and fuel prices, we at Lawn & Weed Expert are keeping the same prices for all existing customers (unlike other lawn care providers, many of whom have been raising their prices recently). And to help you save even more money, we will give you a FREE aeration / spiking when you book a lawn scarification!

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As nice as it would be to have a beautiful lawn with very little effort, there are lawn care and maintenance jobs that you need to do to achieve that perfect, luscious green lawn. One of the most overlooked jobs when it comes to lawn care is lawn aeration. People either can't be bothered to do it or don't think it makes much difference (which couldn't be further from the truth!) Aeration plays a key role in making sure that water and nutrients can get to the roots of your lawn.

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Aerating the lawn

Soil aeration is an important part of a long-term lawn care regime. Footfall and heavy rain causes soil to become compacted over time, and tightly-packed soil makes it difficult for moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.

Aeration is a good way to combat this problem. By spiking small holes in your lawn, you loosen up the earth and make it easier for air and water to flow through the soil.

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

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Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

For more winter garden tips or for professional garden services this winter, 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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