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It's nice to have an outdoor space to call your own. Even a relatively small garden can be a source of much pride and enjoyment!

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If you want to add a touch of sparkle to your garden, why not consider adding some creative lawn edging? Don't let that extra space around the perimeter of your garden go to waste, there are so many different ways you can utilise it and get creative. We've come up with a selection of lawn edging ideas to spark your imagination. 

Natural Rocks

To give your garden a rustic feel, you could add a selection of natural rocks as edging around your lawn. Whether you choose large natural stone blocks or smaller pebbles to create your border you can rest assured that your new lawn border will look great against the soft green grass of your lawn.

You can find large pieces of natural stone from a local building supplier, and bags of pebbles in your local hardware store. Use a contrasting coloured mulch underneath the stones for a striking look. 

Wooden Sleepers

If you want to create a bold statement in your garden, why not upcycle some planks of wood to create your lawn edging? Creating straight lines in natural materials like wood draw the eye without distracting from the beauty of your garden. Some people find wood is a far more aesthetically pleasing option when compared to manmade materials like concrete or bricks can contrast with your lawn in a way that's not always appealing.

When choosing wood for your garden edging, we recommend Redwood and Cedar because they won't rot over time. However, you could use large wooden logs, pallets or any spare wood that you like.

Flower Beds

A simple flower bed with an array of your favourite flowers can really bring your lawn edging to life. Create a simple border around the perimeter of your lawn, fill the edging with soil and mulch and plant flowers and plants to your heart's content. During the spring and summer months, this multicoloured lawn edging spectacle will fill your garden with a wonderful floral aroma and will look wonderful against your luscious green grass. 

Adding lovely lawn edging is all well and good, but if your lawn is not looking its best, your efforts will be for nothing! To keep your lawn looking its best, get in touch with the Lawn and Weed Expert team.

Small garden lawn

Even if you have a relatively small garden, it's still important to keep your lawn in tip-top condition. Maybe even more important; after all, the smaller the space, the less room there is to hide imperfections!

An unkempt lawn can be very obvious in a modestly-sized garden - that's the bad news. The good news is that a confined space also means a smaller surface area to cover, making lawn maintenance considerably easier.

Better still, there are a few insider hacks for looking after a small lawn, making matters even simpler! Read on to discover our top 5 lawn care tips for a small garden.

 

Small Lawn Care Tips

When it comes to small garden lawns, there are a number of ways to get the most out of it without breaking the bank or your back. Here are our top tips to help your small garden lawn make a big impression.

Get some air

Aerating your lawn may be an alien concept to some British homeowners, yet it's also one that's well worth familiarising yourself with - especially if you own a small garden.

Small gardens are susceptible to waterlogging due to compacted soil. This can not only lead to unsightly boggy patches but can also cause your grass to wilt, yellow and potentially die if not treated. Luckily, the premature demise of your grass can be easily avoided by simple aeration.

But wait, "what is aeration?" we hear you ask.

Aeration is simply the act of ventilating your lawn and all that requires is a good old-fashioned forking! Simply drive a garden fork into your grass around 10cm deep and loosen the soil by rocking back and for. Repeat the process across the lawn for complete lawn aeration.

Path to glory

Tiles are a great way to make your garden look bigger. Call it an optical illusion, call it cheating, call it what you will - we call it effective and is the second lawn care tip we have for your small garden!

Installing a winding footpath with garden paving slabs can break up your garden design, creating designated space for feature areas, e.g. flower beds, ponds or even storage. Meanwhile, using light-coloured tiles can also help make your garden seem more spacious.

Patches of grass that receive regular footfall are also more likely to display signs of wear and tear, often becoming bare over time. The addition of a footpath can help sidestep this unsightly eventuality and keep your garden green on the right path.

Be smart

For modest gardens, space is precious and every metre counts. Unfortunately, storage areas can take up a lot of that space. If your garden is already 'fun-size' to begin with, a bulky shed could effectively monopolise your garden. Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 lawn points.

Luckily, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone (not that we condone bird violence in your garden). If you need an outdoor container to keep your garden bits and bobs, it's well worth investing in space-saving storage.

Clever storage containers allow you to save space and increase the size of your lawn in the process. From benches that double up as storage chests to wall brackets for hanging your garden essentials, these ingenious solutions can extend your lawn considerably, giving your lawn more space to thrive.

Choose wisely

For many Brits, grass is grass - overlooked, undervalued and rarely given a second thought. However, choosing the right type of grass can make a big difference to your lawn, particularly if you have a small garden.

Small gardens are often situated in confined housing areas where lack of light and sun exposure can be an issue. If this sounds familiar, it's important to opt for a grass seed that can handle the conditions.

Speciality grass mix is available on the market specifically aimed at shaded lawns with limited sun exposure. Similarly, there are also seed varieties that are tailor-made for certain soils, and even grass designed for surfaces that receive a lot of wear and tear. So, ensuring you have the right type of grass is the lawn care tip for your small garden.

Shape up

Shaping your garden into a designated area can be a great way to separate the grass from the perimeter, providing a logical and aesthetically pleasing rim to your lawn. It can also present the perfect area for you to create a beautiful border with flowerbeds, hedges and plants.

Definition can not only make your lawn more attractive to look at from a presentation point of view, but it can also help from a practical standpoint as well. Awkward slivers of grass can be tough to trim, so don't feel the need to seed every square inch of your garden.

Garden shaping can be done simply by using a shovel or a half-moon edging spade to neatly trim the edges. This can instantly turn your lawn into a well-defined feature rather than an overlooked grassy base. Further definition can be achieved by adding a tiled or bricked border if desired; however, this can eat up valuable space.

And there we have it, our top lawn care tips for small gardens! Be sure to try and test out any of the above recommendations to keep your small patch of lawn in check and looking good all year round.

For more information on lawn maintenance and keeping your small garden looking its best, call Lawn & Weed Expert on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, why not let our experts take a closer look? Request a FREE lawn survey today and find a solution that's exclusive to you.

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curb appeal,curb appeal tips

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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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.

Types of lawn grass

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.

UK lawn grass

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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