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.

 

benefits of a professional gardener

 

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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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 a bombsite to dynamite, and we’ve laid them out in black and white right here for you. Increase your curb appeal with these simple tips that will leave your house looking like the cover of Ideal Home.

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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! In this blog, we take a look at some top tips for looking after your garden while you're away on holiday.

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There aren’t many things as pleasing to a gardener’s eye than a beautifully balanced, level lawn that’s light, bright and lusciously green.

However, even a beautifully maintained lawn can become uneven over time. Sadly, unless you plan on switching to wooden decking or patio paving, that’s one thing you’ll have to get used to.

Bumpy lawns can be a real eye-sore for any garden, while also posing a potential risk to young children or elderly family.

Level the playing field and flatten your earthy opposition with these top tips for fixing a bumpy lawn.

 

how to fix a bumpy lawn,how to fix an uneven lawn

 

What causes a bumpy lawn?

Bumpy lawns are a common sight in gardens nationwide and aren’t so much of a possibility than they are an inevitability.

This could be down to a variety of reasons: be it weeds, wildlife or simply the weather. Meanwhile, children or pets can also have an effect on the lay of your land when they dig into the surface of your lawn.

While some of these elements are virtually impossible to avoid, there are a few handy ways to fix these bumpy blemishes when they do eventually occur.

 

Rolling in the deep?

While it may be tempting to simply flatten your turf with a heavy lawn roller, this option is often unsuccessful when it comes to uneven garden surfaces.

If anything, more often than not, this option only damages your lawn further by compacting the soil beneath, which can have a lasting negative effect on the grass.

Uneven lawn surfaces are often the result of dips and dents, making rolling a non-factor. Instead, try to do a bit of detective work beforehand and see just what is causing your lawn to take a slump.

 

How to fix an uneven lawn

Before you can fix your bumpy lawn, it’s important to know what’s causing the issue to begin with. While this can be difficult to ascertain for issues involving weather and wildlife, man-made problems can be easier to identify and may involve a different course of action.

 

The root of the problem

When diagnosing exactly what is causing your once-level lawn to take a dip, there are a couple of tell-tale signs that can point to the main culprit.

Uneven ground can be the result of poor drainage. If the lumps occur in areas around water pipes, it may be an issue relating to damaged water pipes.

Drainage problems such as this could require additional groundwork, so it’s worth seeking the advice of a professional if you do suspect you have a water issue in your garden.

 

Levelling shallow spots

If water damage isn’t the cause of your problems, you may be able to solve the issue yourself with a bit of garden DIY. When looking to fix a low spot in your garden, topdressing these dents is a great way to level your lawn in the least invasive way possible.

Combining compost, topsoil and sand, simply apply this muddy cocktail to the low patches, being careful not to smother the grass underneath with too much coverage. Use about half an inch of the mixture and rake to achieve an even spread. Brush the mixture through to ensure a thorough coverage of topdressing between the blades of grass in the affected area.

Over time, the earthy mixture should begin to blend in with the rest of the grass. If not, repeat the previous steps until the whole area is level and green. If there are spots of bare soil, over-seed to ensure an even coverage of grass.

 

Levelling deeper spots

The topdressing method of half an inch deep at a time can be a good solution for shallow dents but a time-consuming process for any dips of notable depth. For these problem patches, you can simply pad out the area beneath the surface.

This can be done by removing the surface turf (aka, “sod”) intact and filling the dented area below with topsoil, adding water to the topsoil as you go to remove air pockets. Once you have added enough dirt to level the ground, simply replace the turf, water the grass and let nature take its course!

If your problem area is larger than one square foot, it may be worth removing the turf in smaller chunks. Anything bigger than one foot can be difficult to replace in one piece, making it a real awkward sod indeed.

 

Levelling multiple problem areas

If your lawn is overrun by more craters and dents than a Spartan’s shield, you may need to consider a more extensive solution and potentially entertain the idea of a wholesale refurb of the lawn.

Re-grading your lawn can be a somewhat drastic option to take, but it can also be an extremely effective tactic in the long run – particularly if you are inundated with dips and dents. Think of it as wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch, giving you an entirely new, fresh canvas to play with.

 

For a professional opinion, why not give us a call? Our team of experts can advise you with the best course of action and even provide you with a FREE lawn survey. Simply give us a call on 0800 111 4958 or contact us via the box below.

 

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watering lawn at night

 

21st century life is a busy one for most working men and women in the UK. Balancing jobs, homelife and general admin on the go can be a full-time juggling act with little reprieve. Even retirees can have their hands full with family, health and hobbies all working their way into the daily diary.

If you happen to be feeling the pressure of a busy schedule, it’s all to easy to let some tasks slip by the wayside and watering the lawn is often one of them. While this may seem like a job that’s low down on the totem pole, for garden enthusiasts, it can be vitally important, particularly if you want to maintain your grass.

However, that doesn’t mean you should squeeze this task in when you can. There’s a time and place for everything and watering your grass at night could land you in hot water.

 

Is watering your lawn at night a good idea?

 

Okay, let’s wade through the weeds and jump right in at the deep end: should you water your lawn at night?

Simply put – no. When it comes to lawncare, watering at night can lead to a variety of unsightly issues and leave your luscious lawn looking notably under the weather.

As a rule of thumb, the later you leave it, the worse it is for your garden. Watering your lawn in the evening can promote mildew and fungus growth, while it can also attract pests as well.

Water can cling to blades of grass overnight which can, in turn, lead to lawn diseases and transform your prized plot into a patchy eyesore.

 

When is the best time to water your lawn?

 

During the spring and summer months when rainfall is theoretically less frequent (theoretically, at least), your lawn may require a little more TLC to keep it at peak performance – particularly when it comes to moisture.

The best time to water your lawn is typically in the morning. While the exact timing can vary from one expert to the next, before sunrise is generally considered ideal but anytime between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. is also deemed acceptable.

 

Why should I water my lawn in the morning?

 

During the 4-10 window in the morning, the air is typically cooler than later on in the day when water can evaporate a lot faster. Meanwhile, the wind is also usually lighter, allowing the water droplets to remain where they are rather than blow away.

If watering your lawn in the a.m. is out of the question and an evening splash is simply unavoidable, its recommended that you water your lawn no later than 6:00 p.m. (ideally before). This gives your lawn a little time to soak up the moisture and dry before nightfall.

 

For more information on keeping your lawn green and healthy, drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958.

Alternatively, use the button below to request a free lawn survey and keep your garden in peak condition!

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