Taking care of your lawn on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can be a real pain the grass, especially if your green fingers are out of practice.

However, you don’t need to have a lust for lawns that rivals Alan Titchmarsh to grow a lush green garden.

In fact, turning your pitiful patch into the perfect plot could be as simple as cutting out your bad habits.

Weed out your faults now with this handy list of common lawn care mistakes and turn your struggling yard into the king of the hill.

 

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#1. Scalping Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn too short is one of the most common mistakes for amateur gardeners, often done as a means of prolonging the time between cuts.

While understandable and, to a degree, quite logical, it can be quite damaging to your lawn in practice.

Cutting the grass too short can put excess stress on the grass making it more susceptible to lawn disease and pests.

As a general rule, aim to cut your grass to a height of three inches to ensure it retains its top growth and remains strong enough to fend off whatever challenges Mother Nature throws its way.

 

#2. Using the Wrong Fertiliser

Fertilising your lawn is a great way to maintain healthy grass and nutrient-rich soil. That much is no secret; however, the importance of using the right fertiliser largely is.

Using the wrong fertiliser for the specific grass in your garden is vital in ensuring the health of your lawn. Incorrect products that aren’t matched to your grass can be largely pointless, if not damaging.

Similarly, using too much or too little of even the correct fertiliser can also be an important factor, with too much causing damage and too little being ineffective. Meanwhile, application at the wrong time of year can also make the whole job a futile process.

Be sure to check you have the right fertiliser for your lawn before you apply. If unsure, check with an expert or a local landscape gardener to help identify the grass local to your area.

 

#3. Blunt Blades

While it may not seem like an issue on the surface of things, dull blades can seriously damage your lawn when it comes to cutting time.

Think of it as cutting a thick sirloin with a blunt steak knife. Blunt blades simply won’t cut it…quite literally. Instead, the dull edge winds up tearing through the surface.

The same principle applies to lawn mowing. If you mow your lawn with blunt blades, you’ll wind up ripping the grass instead of cutting, damaging the grass in the process.

The result is jagged blades of grass that are more susceptible to disease. At the very least, they are more likely to turn brown in the aftermath.

Blades can quickly lose their edge if you mow carelessly, too close or come into contact with rocks. Aim to sharpen your blades twice a year to keep them looking sharp.

 

#4. Over Watering

Perhaps the most common mistake for amateur gardeners, over watering the lawn is a crime many of us will be guilty of from time to time.

Naturally, water is a vital ingredient for any healthy lawn and a key component in its weekly diet plan. However, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can cause harm.

Whether it’s carelessness, lack of knowledge or just being overzealous with a hose, applying too much water to your lawn can lead to waterlogging.

In addition to that, it can also stunt the development of the roots, negating the need for them to reach deep into the soil for moisture.

If the weather is damp and rainy, you may not need to water at all; however, if conditions are dry, aim to give your garden around an inch of water a week.

 

#5. Lack of Aeration

Neglecting to aerate your lawn is a common offence for many, if not most homeowners across the UK; however, the consequences of such can be significant and, at times, devastating.

Aerating your garden soil lets water permeate through the surface more easily, effectively allowing your soil to absorb the nutrients. This is particularly beneficial for compacted, clay-heavy soil.

Aeration is achieved simply through piercing holes in the surface. This can be done using a standard fork or manual aerator; however, for larger areas, you may want to invest in a powered-aerator.

 

 

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As soon as the clocks go back signifying the end of British summertime, you can guarantee two things: shorter days and colder weather.

Sadly, neither one of those seasonal traits lend themselves well to gardening and, while the former can be depressing, the latter can have a particularly damning effect on the green, green grass of home – specifically your home.

Ensure your green fingers don’t come down with frostbite this winter by implementing these fool-proof tips into your garden defence.

 

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Bring Out Your Dead

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to give your garden a spring clean. Or should that be a winter clean… either way, you get the idea.

Dead plants, weeds and leaves can carry disease and fungus that can prove damaging to other healthy plants nearby. This is particularly applicable to spent annuals and vegetable plants.

Meanwhile, pests can also thrive amongst dead, rotting vegetation, which too can cause subsequent damage to your garden.

Removing any plants that have past their expiration date should remove the problem and any possibility of springtime issues down the line.

 

Get the Drinks In

If a drop in temperature is predicted in advance, pre-empting the big freeze and watering your plants ahead of time can pay dividends once the cold spell hits.

Sub-zero temperatures can cause the ground to freeze, preventing water from permeating the surface and ultimately reaching the roots.

Getting ahead of the curve allows your plants to soak up the moisture while it still can, which can be particularly helpful when it comes to annuals and potted plants.

Speaking of potted plants…

 

All Gone to Pot

Terracotta plant pots can make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden. Unfortunately, terracotta isn’t invincible and this is never more evident than during the wintertime.

To prevent your pots from cracking by gathering them up and placing them together, ideally in an unexposed area of the garden that’s sheltered from the elements, such as near the house.

For an additional layer of protection, you can even go one step further and wrap them up with hessian or horticultural fleece for enhanced insulation.

The combination of swaddling your plant pots with heat retentive materials and grouping them together in a huddled formation should help ensure they survive the winter unscathed.

 

Mulch Ado About Nothing

As noted above, the harsh winter conditions can make the surface hard and difficult for water to permeate. To counteract this inevitability, mulching over the autumn/winter can help the soil to retain water and regulate temperature, protecting your plants in the process.

What’s more, adding mulch to your flowerbeds will help keep root temperatures stable, preventing churning and heaving, while it can also inhibit weed growth. Meanwhile, as the mulch breaks down, it naturally deposits additional organic nutrients into the soil.

 

 

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From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.

Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.

To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.

 

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Garden Flooding Solutions

Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.

 

Get Some Fresh Air

Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.

To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.

Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.

 

Gutter Talk

While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.

If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.

Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.

Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.

Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.

 

Vive la France!

For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.

In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…

A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).

This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.

The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).

 

Call in the Pros

If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.

Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.

 

 

For more information on how to stop garden flooding or to find out more about garden services from Lawn & Weed Expert, 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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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.

 

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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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