If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking to identify whether a critter in your garden is a friend or a foe. Thankfully, while insects do have a reputation for making pests of themselves, a lot of them can actually help to keep your garden healthy.

The bugs you want to watch out for are the ones that live in your lawn and feed on your grass. This can lead to your lawn becoming discoloured and damaged, which is the last thing you want with summer fast approaching!

These pests can very easily go unnoticed because they originate, thrive and reproduce beneath the soil. Due to this, it’s important to take action as soon as you detect a lawn pest infestation. You’ll be preventing extensive damage, and your garden will thank you.

If you suspect that your lawn is infested, contact Lawn & Weed Expert and book a free lawn survey – we will identify your lawn pests and get them under control with an appropriate treatment.

Still, as mentioned above, not all insects are bad news for your garden. Here’s some info to help you tell your enemies from your allies…

 

The Good Insects

Ladybirds

1. Ladybirds

These beautiful insects are popular within fairy tales, maybe because they can give your garden the happily ever after that it deserves. Ladybirds feed on aphids and red spider mites, both of which are extremely harmful to your garden and lawn.

The ladybird is brilliant at laying hundreds of eggs in the colonies of plant-eating pests, and she can eat up to 5,000 aphids in her short lifetime.

If you want to see more ladybirds around your garden, the following plants can help: Yarrow, Carpet Bugleweed, Alyssum, Penstemon and Fennel.

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Lawns have been popular among British homeowners for well over a century (read our blog on the history of lawns to learn how this happened). But the hectic pace of modern life can sometimes make it difficult to give one's lawn the care and attention it requires, and so a lot of people are now swapping the green, green grass of home for paving slabs and other hard landscaping materials that require relatively little upkeep.

Grass vs paving

Grass photo from Pixabay; paving photo from PrimaPorcelain.

If you're thinking of doing up your garden, you may be torn between the all-natural appeal of grass and the relative convenience of paving stones. To help you make up your mind, here are some pros and cons of both lawns and patios...

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Turf over flower bed - before and after

The Lawn & Weed Expert team were in Bridgend last week. A customer of ours wanted to get rid of the empty flower bed at the edge of their garden, so we filled it in with soil and turf.

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Grassy lawn in back garden

If you're thinking of selling your house and you want to make the property more appealing to potential buyers, you may be interested to learn that a well-kept lawn can make a big difference.

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Clay soil

As we explained in our blog post about the different types of soil, clay soils are made up of very small particles that are prone to clumping together.

Clay soil has a number of benefits and drawbacks, so let's take a look at both the good and the bad, then we'll explain how you can improve the quality of the soil in your garden.

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