If you have a lot of deciduous trees in your garden, then you'll be starting to see a lot of brown and orange leaves appearing on the ground. Of course, if you're keen to keep your lawn looking green and healthy, you're probably wondering how to deal with this sudden mass of fallen leaves. Well, you've come to the right place! Our lawn care experts are here to give you all the tips you need to deal with fallen leaves.

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Do you know the feeling when you're sprawled out on the grass in summer? People love that feeling, but not everyone is lucky enough to have their own lawn outside. Of course, there are ways that you can create a lawn and they're not as difficult as you may think. You have two options - you could choose to sow the seed and allow the lawn to grow through naturally, or you could choose to turf your outdoor space for an instant transformation. 

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moss in lawns

There are definitely some places where moss makes a charming floor covering (for example in woodland areas), but in your garden lawn is definitely not one of them. Untreated moss can quickly turn into dense mats, killing the grass underneath it. That's why it's so important that you treat moss in your lawn as early as possible. 

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shaded lawn

If your garden is full of trees and shrubs, then it's highly likely that your lawn is fully or at least partially in the shade. Like all plants, your lawn needs sunlight for it to thrive, so shade can pose a real problem. Shaded grass can quickly weaken and struggle to survive, it may even die back completely. That's why it's important that you follow these steps to help your shaded lawn thrive.

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robot lawn mower

Each year, technology finds its way into a new area of our lives. One minute you’re washing dishes, the next a dishwasher is doing it for you. Once upon a time, all your meetings took place face to face, now they take place through a laptop. Everywhere you look you can see a pattern emerging – technology makes things easier!

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that gardening equipment is becoming smarter and more convenient too. There’s a huge range of robot lawn mowers emerging on the market. These nifty little helpers can keep your grass looking neat and tidy all year round.

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august lawn care tips

We're sure that many of you have garden parties, BBQs and pitchers of Pimms planned for the month of August. Of course, there are still a lot of restrictions on pubs and restaurants, so people are making the most of their gardens - which is great! With that in mind, we want to help you make sure your lawn is in tip-top condition before your guests arrive. 

Summer is the time when your lawn will be growing most rapidly. The additional hours of sunshine and the occasional showers create the perfect conditions for your lawn to thrive, so extra steps should be taken to stop your lawn from looking unkempt and unruly.

It might seem a little early to be thinking about the damaging effects of autumn and winter, but the effort you put in now can really help to prepare your lawn for colder months ahead. So what lawn care activities should you be planning to do this month?

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If you take pride in your garden and lawn, the damage that birds cause can be a real nightmare. So, why are the birds attacking your lawn in the first place? The answer is... insects!

Hungry birds love to forage for food and lawns usually harbour some tasty treats like chafer grubs and leatherjackets. Essentially, your lawn looks like a 5-star restaurant to every jay, magpie or blackbird that flies by.

By pecking holes in your lawn, the local birds are able to get their beaks into the soil and claim their squirmy snack. Of course, over time, these holes start to build up and can cause long-lasting damage to your grass. So if you need to deal with birds digging up your lawn, here's what to do...

Treating the Infestation

Stopping birds from digging up your lawn is fairly easy. Cut off their food source and they'll have no reason to lunch on your lawn anymore! Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we offer a range of pest control services that will help eradicate the problem quickly. Select one of our pest services below to learn more:

Other Problems

If you leave your infestation un-treated, you'll end up dealing with a myriad of problems related to these pests. Chafer grubs and leatherjackets are known for eating the roots of your lawn just under the surface of the soil. This can cause brown patches to start appearing and, in worst-case scenarios, some areas of lawn might come away from the ground completely.

Worse still, an untreated infestation of pests might start to attract bigger predators that can cause significant damage to your lawn. Foxes and badgers will happily feast on lawn grubs and will dig deep into the soil to retrieve the tasty grubs. 

With this in mind, if you suspect you have an infestation of insects, give us a call now! We can survey your lawn FREE of charge, helping you to determine the best course of action to stop birds digging up the lawn. 

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Over the last few weeks, we've had yellow weather warning over large swathes of the UK and flooding has been a major problem!

Public transport has been disrupted, rivers have burst their banks and hundreds of homes have been affected. This is a stressful time for homeowners affected by the floods who will be left to try and pick up the pieces as we move into spring/summer. 

While many of you won't be at the point of taking remedial action just yet, it's helpful to know the steps you need to take to start reclaiming your flooded garden when the rain starts to subside.

1. Assessing the Damage

If your home has been hit badly by the floods, your garden might be completely submerged. If this is the case, it's possible that the turf underneath has died.

With large bodies of water sat on top of the soil, you can also expect a reasonable amount of compaction that will need to be addressed when the water clears. If you can, try to assess your flooded garden without walking across it too much. Walking on the flooded soil will compact it further, and could be a hazard to you. With severe flooding, you can't tell how much debris is in the water, so always proceed with caution and wait until the flooding has started to subside before venturing out.

2. Removing the Debris

As the floodwater starts to drain away, you can start the cleanup process. First of all, you need to grab your wellies, put on some gloves and waterproofs and carefully walk out into your garden to gather any debris that's been deposited on the lawn. The area could have been contaminated with anything from broken glass to sharp sticks or household items. 

It's at this point that you'll be able to see if there are any garden plants that can be recovered! If so, carefully dig them up and move them into a fresh pot where they can dry out for a while before being re-planted in the garden later down the line.

3. Levelling Out the Land

If your lawn has become uneven due to flooding, it's possible that you'll have to remove the top layer of soil completely to level it back out. If the top layer of your lawn has died then this might not be the worst idea anyway, it will allow you to start with a fresh patch and work on achieving a better lawn than ever before. 

4. Aeration and Top Dressing

Once your lawn has been stripped back to the bare earth, it's time to start preparing the ground for new grass. This should start with a heavy dose of aeration and top dressing. Aerating the soil will alleviate the compaction caused by the flooding while the fresh topsoil will add nutrients back into the ground ready for your new lawn.

Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we use a special grass aeration machine that moves across the surface of the lawn and punches tiny holes in the ground. This helps surface water to drain away easily. We also tailor your top dressing to suit your garden, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you're working through the aftermath of your flooded garden.

5. Laying New Turf or Planting Grass Seed

Now that the ground has been dried out, aerated and treated with top soil, you can choose one of two methods to re-plant your lawn.

Firstly, you could choose to lay turf from scratch. This is by far the quickest route to a new lawn! We've been laying turf for over 20 years and can help give you back the garden you deserve in no time at all. 

Secondly, you could choose to re-seed your lawn. This involves planting grass seed and waiting for the lawn to grow through in its own time. We offer an overseeding service that will help get your flooded garden on the mend.

Remember to take into consideration the possibility of a flood in the future when you're fixing your flooded lawn. If you live in a flood-prone area, we might be able to make some recommendations that will help prevent another garden flooding disaster in the future. If you'd like a quote for any of the services listed above, don't hesitate to request a free lawn survey.

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In the UK, there are hundreds of different garden pests. Controlling the spread of these pests before they damage your garden can be challenging, but it's not impossible. Knowing what pests to expect is the first step towards a pest-free garden. Here are some of the most common types of lawn pests to look out for while you're carrying out your garden maintenance. 

 Ants

Ants (Common Black Ants)

Ants are a common garden pest here in the UK. They have a habit of building their nests in your lawn and spreading into your home and around your garden in their hunt for food.

Worker ants work tirelessly to expand the nest and grow the colony resulting in large nests with intricate and extensive tunnel connections.

Ants can create mounds of soil, raised spots in your lawn and can promote weed & moss growth, that's why it's best to get them under control quickly.

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Moles

 Moles

Moles are garden pests that live underneath your lawn. They don't eat the roots of your lawn, but they do cause serious structural damage underground. They're 

Their tunnel systems can cause damage to your garden while creating spaces for mice and rats to invade your garden too. Keep your eye out for large mounds of dirt on your lawn, this is a tell-tale sign that you're dealing with a mole problem.

Note: a mole problem might also signify that you have an infestation of grubs too! Learn more about our grub control services here.

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 Leatherjackets

Leatherjackets (Crane Fly Larvae)

Leatherjackets are a common type of garden pest that's most prevalent during autumn. The hungry larvae will have no problem devouring large swathes of your lawn - stripping entire lawns and killing grassroots if left untreated. 

Leatherjackets are a tasty snack for birds who will further damage your lawn in an attempt to find and eat them. Keep your eyes peeled for grubs that are grey in colour, have no legs and have mandibles at one end of their body.

Seek treatment immediately if you think you've got an infestation of leatherjackets in your garden.

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Chafer grubs

 Chafer Grubs (Chafer Beetle Larvae)

Chafer grubs are a common lawn pest that lives in the soil and feeds on both living and decaying plant material. Much like leatherjackets, chafer grubs will eat through huge areas of your lawn causing severe damage. 

Birds also love to eat these plump bugs, meaning you're likely to have a problem with birds pecking at your lawn alongside the chafer grub infestation. 

Chafer grubs prefer sandy soils and travel deeper into the soil when temperatures drop. You should keep an eye out for them during warmer periods when they rise nearer the surface of your lawn to feed. 

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 Aphids

 Aphids

Aphids are small insects that feed on the sap of plants in your garden. With over 500 different aphid species living in the UK, they are considered one of the most common garden pests we have to contend with. 

While aphids physically damage crops when they're gorging on the sap, they're most dangerous because they're common vectors of plant viruses.

Their huge numbers mean they can quickly spread a virus between different parts of a single plant, amongst other plants in your garden and beyond into neighbouring gardens. It's best to get them under control as soon as possible.

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  If you're currently experiencing a problem with common garden pests, get in touch with the Lawn and Weed Expert team! We offer free lawn surveys to determine the best course of action for your garden pest infestation and will provide effective treatments where we can to help you get your pest problem under control. Learn more about our garden pest control services below.

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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.

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