Invasive species of plants are a green-fingered enthusiast's worst nightmare! Here in the UK we commonly encounter three main species of invasive plant, these are; Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan balsam. These invasive plants all bring with them a plethora of issues, but in our opinion, the one you need to be most concerned about is Japanese knotweed. 

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that originates in Eastern Asia. It made its way over to Britain and began terrorising our gardens during the early nineteenth-century, and it wasn't long before we realised it could cause physical damage to walls, houses and other structures.

To prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading, it's important that you get the help of a licensed Japanese knotweed removal company. Tayor Weed Control, our sister company, offers free surveys and comprehensive Japanese knotweed treatment plans to assess, remove and monitor the problem before it causes any significant damage to your property.

Removing other 'invasive' weeds

While not 'technically' considered invasive weeds, it can be argued that pretty much any weed you come across in your garden is an invasive nuisance! Garden weeds pop up in all kinds of places we don't want them, on the driveway, between the patio slabs, in the drainpipe (the list goes on..) 

Did you know that, besides making your lawn look beautiful, we also offer a weed control service that will eradicate all manner of weeds, so they can't invade any other areas of your garden!

Some of the weeds we most commonly treat include:

  • Dandelions
  • Nettles
  • Buttercups
  • Bindweed
  • Ragwort
  • and many more!

We use herbicides that you can't buy commercially to kill your weeds safely and efficiently, with most of your weeds decomposing within 14 days of treatment. 

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Has your garden goten a little out of hand? Perhaps you've been away on holiday for a few months, suffered an injury that's kept you indoors or you're sorting out the home of a relative who's passed away? Whatever the reason, if you can no longer see the wood for the trees in the garden overgrowth, it's time to consider a complete garden clearance. 

Wild Weeds

It's safe to say that, given the opportunity, weeds will appear in almost any place. Between the cracks in your paving, scaling the walls of your home and in amongst the grass - they really can survive just about anywhere. Even if you're a keen gardener, you'll know that tackling weeds is a constant struggle, so it's no surprise that an unkempt garden is likely to be inundated with weeds. Fear not, part of our garden clearance service is treating the wild weeds. Find out more about our weed control service here:

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Forest of Fungus

The longer a garden is neglected, the higher the chances that a serious fungus problem will develop! Dark areas of wild undergrowth and a bit of surface moisture create the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive, and why some wild mushrooms can be rather pretty, some can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you have pets! As part of our garden clearance service, we will locate, identify and irradicate any fungal friends lurking in your lawn. 

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Infestation Eradication 

For a complete garden clearance, we can eradicate any unwanted pests that have popped up amongst the overgrowth. Whether a nest of ants, a cluster of chafer grubs, an army of moles or a swarm of insects have made their way into your garden, we will make sure that every last one is removed during your garden clearance. This gives you garden the best chances of recovering fully. Say bye-bye to molehills, ant nests and chafer grubs for good!

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Our garden clearance service is an excellent option if you want a fresh start with your neglected garden, and will put you on the right path towards a glorious garden.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a garden that needs clearing and we will do our best to accommodate you! Call us on 0800 111 4958 or fill in our enquiry form today:

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Have you been peering out of your window and noticing that your lawn isn’t really growing and is starting to look… a little bit brown and sad?

Perhaps it’s time you treated your lawn to our lawn scarification service! Lawn scarification is a great way to remove moss and thatch that has developed over the surface of your lawn, allowing fresh, green grass to grow through!

One of our clients, a loyal customer for many years now, recently asked us to carry out our lawn scarification service on her lawn. She was really pleased with the service we provided and even answered a few questions about her experience. Keep reading to see what she thought…

Why did you choose Lawn & Weed Expert?

We have been using Lawn & Weed Expert for many years.  We are happy with their service and find them to be very reliable and great value for money.

What problems were you experiencing before you had your lawn scarified?

There was a lot of dead moss in the lawn which was brown and unsightly and was stopping new grass from growing through.

What was the scarification process like? Did it take long?

It took one to two hours and was no hassle at all.  All the dead moss was put into the garden waste wheelie bin and we put that out on the next collection.

Was the scarification service successful? How does your lawn look now?

The scarification service was thorough and very successful.  I cannot see any dead moss in the lawn now.  It did not take long for the grass to recover and for the new seeds to grow through because we also had it re-seeded.  I would say it only took three to four weeks for the lawn to look normal again.

Would you recommend Lawn & Weed Expert’s scarification service to others?

Yes, I would recommend the scarification service!

We are so pleased that our scarification service lived up to our lovely client’s expectations! Our scarification service works wonders for lack-lustre lawns. Want to enquire about our lawn scarification service? Click the button below to find out more!

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Marketing tips to help you turn your fledgling lawn care business into a huge success!

Growing a lawn care business

Are you ready to turn your passion for lawn care into a lucrative business and leave your dull desk job behind? You couldn't have picked a better time! The demand for ground workers and lawn care specialists is set to increase by up to 20% over the coming years, so there's plenty of room from new emerging lawn care businesses to enter the market.

Managing and marketing a business requires an understanding of some key principles, such as:

  • What your business's goal is
  • Who your target audience are
  • Where you've got the best chance of reaching them

Setting up and growing a successful business might seem like an impossible challenge if you've no experience of entrepreneurship. But don't worry - here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we've helped lots of people to build and develop their own lawn care franchises into well-established, successful businesses. So we've got lots of lawn care business tips to help you on your way to success!

 

Tips for Growing Your Lawn Care Business:

  1. Measure your business's performance - Our first piece of advice will help you keep your growing lawn care business on track at all times. Setting your initial business goals is a vital step, but making sure you're meeting them is equally important! Measuring your business progression will highlight areas that need improvement, reassure you that your lawn care business is moving in the right direction at all times, and allow you to spot and resolve any problems quickly!

  2. Learn and adapt - Continuously measuring the success of your lawn care business is one thing, but adjusting your business strategy in response to your findings is what will really make your business grow. In addition to your monthly / quarterly / annual performance data, be conscious of changing seasons and trends, as these factors are likely to impact the number and type of customers who'll require your lawn care services. If you continually tweak your business to meet current demand, you'll always be one step ahead of the competition. Never become complacent with the business you're operating - there is always room for growth and improvement!

  3. Employ a trustworthy team - In the initial stages, you might choose to take on all responsibilities yourself: lawn care treatments, accounts, administration, marketing, and everything else that comes with running a business on your own. To help your business grow, however, you might want to employ others to help with different tasks further down the line. Be sure to employ people whom you can trust to provide a high-quality service to your new client base and keep things running smoothly.

  4. Client influence - One of the easiest ways to attract new customers is to ask existing customers to leave you a nice review, recommend your business to a friend, or come back for additional lawn care treatments in the future. You could offer loyalty rewards for repeat customers or deals for those who 'refer a friend' to expand your client base rapidly. In this day and age, it's very rare that people make a purchase or use a service without reading a few reviews first, so don't be afraid to ask your clients for Facebook, Google or Trustpilot reviews too.

If you are interested in starting a lawn care business of your own, Lawn & Weed Expert can provide training and support to help you get off the ground. We'll even help you get to grips with the marketing side of things!

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Transcript: Lawn Maintenance Schedule

The best way to keep your lawn looking gorgeous all year round is to follow a lawn care schedule. We created this lawn maintenance schedule with help from our specialist lawn care team. Feel free to share it with your friends or print it off and stick it on your fridge!

Spring – February to May

  • Mow

Mow your grass periodically throughout spring to stop it growing wild!

  • Overseed

Plant more seeds than usual to improve the thickness of your lawn.

  • Top Dress

Add soul mixes to the surface of your lawn to improve soil quality.

  • Aerate

Puncture the soil to alleviate drainage issues, reduce compaction & improve filtration of nutrients.

  • Deal with Pests

Pests are most prevalent this time of year, avoid infestation by eradicating them early.

  • Scarify

Remove moss and thatch from your lawn.

  • Treat Weeds

Apply herbicides to prevent your weeds from growing.

Need some assistance with your spring lawn care? Contact us now!

 

Summer – May to August

  • Mow

Mow your lawn throughout summer, it will still be growing rapidly!

  • Water

If summer is particularly hot, keep your lawn hydrated with a good amount of water twice per week.

  • Deal with Pests

Ants often build their nests in summer. Sweep them away or pour hot soapy water over the area.

Is your lawn not looking as healthy as it should this summer? We can help.

 

Autumn – August to November

  • Mow

Mow your grass in Autumn, it may be the last proper dry spell until spring!

  • Overseed

Plant more seeds than usual to improve the thickness of your lawn.

  • Aerate

We often experience rain in autumn, aerate your lawn to ventilate it and stop compaction.

  • Moss Control

Moss thrives in damp conditions, be sure to treat & remove it before it spreads.

  • Disease Protection

Diseases also thrive in damp (sometimes warm) autumn months. Check for fungus or unusual dry/yellow patches. Speak to a professional to treat your grass diseases properly.

Contact us if you need any help keeping your lawn healthy this Autumn!

 

Winter – November to February

  • Clear

As the leaves fall from the trees, they can smother your lawn. Use a rake to clear them away.

  • Aerate

Puncture the soil if you notice there is water is building up on the surface of your lawn.

  • Fertilize

Use a specially formulated winter lawn feed to keep your lawn healthy in the harsh conditions.

If your lawn is suffering this winter, speak to our specialists!

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If you've spent the time laying new turf or spreading grass seed to try and improve the look of your lawn, then it's important you feed it properly to see the best results. Applying the wrong kind of fertiliser to your lawn can actually do it more harm than good, so don't go spreading any old fertiliser! Keep reading this blog to find out how and when you should fertilise your new lawn, or, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert and we'll select and apply the right kind of fertiliser to your lawn, so you don't have to worry about it!

High-Quality Soil:

One thing to bear in mind while deciding whether or not to fertilise your new lawn is the composition of the soil it's laid on/growing in. If you planted grass seed or laid turf over soil that is rich in organic material & nutrients, you may not have to fertilise your new lawn until it has had a couple of months to grow.

Similarly, if you applied a pre-turf fertiliser between the existing soil and your new turf, this should keep the new lawn fed while it establishes - requiring only regular watering to keep it happy! Once your new lawn has had plenty of time to establish & is starting to look green and luscious, it's wise to apply a slow release fertiliser that will help the lawn matures.

Poor-Quality Soil:

If the soil that you're laying turf or planting grass seed on is of poorer quality, you might want to apply a fertiliser that is rich in nutrients, often referred to as a 'starter fertiliser'. The type of fertiliser you should look for in this case is one that is rich in phosphorous and potassium. These minerals will promote root growth & robust grass blades, which is perfect for a new lawn.

Fertilisers that contain lots of nitrogen promote quick growth, but can actually put too much stress on young lawns and can stimulate the growth of weeds! 

Unsure About the Quality of Your Soil?

Don't worry, we aren't all experts when it comes to soil composition. The best thing to do if you're unsure what fertiliser your new lawn needs is to get a free lawn survey from the lawn care specialists here at Lawn & Weed Expert, or head to our lawn fertilisation page to read more.

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If you have any further questions about fertilising your new lawn, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 111 4958 and a member of our team will be happy to help you! 

 

 

 

Laying a lawn is not your average gardening task, and to do it correctly takes careful planning, preparation and patience. If you are interested in laying a lawn in your garden, why not contact the professionals? Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we can supply and lay your new lawn stress-free! Simply enquire about our garden turf laying service.

Before you start:

Timing. Choosing to lay your turf at the right time of year makes a huge difference to the finished lawn. While springtime seems like an appealing time to lay your lawn, it might struggle during the summer months if it hasn't established properly (especially if we encounter another hosepipe ban). Ideally, your new lawn should be laid on warm, wet soil at a time when it isn't likely to dry out. Therefore, the best time of year to lay your lawn is in early autumn.

When your new turf arrives:

When your new turf arrives, you should think carefully about where you intend to store it. The best places to keep your turf until you lay it, is in a shaded area of the garden, somewhere where the turf isn't in direct sunlight & will remain relatively damp. Ideally, you want to try and lay your lawn within 1-2 days of delivery. If you need longer, make sure the rolls of turf are watered to keep them healthy in the meantime!

Laying the lawn:

Now comes the trickier part, actually laying the lawn. There's a lot to be said for well-prepared soil, get your preparation right and your new lawn should establish quickly with very few problems! 

  1. Start by skimming off any old grass, removing debris and weeding the existing patch of land. 
  2. Level out the land by filling and dips with soil and flatten and pronounced lumps and bumps.
  3. Using a rake, spread some fertilizer over the surface of the soil and water the soil well using a hosepipe.
  4. Starting at the edges, lay your first piece of turf. Unroll the turf gently & complete the first 'row'.
  5. Lay your second row next to the first, ensuring the seams of the turf are completely flush and compacted together.
  6. Repeat until the entire lawn is complete & trim any excess using a sharp cutting tool.

Initial lawn care:

Once your turf is laid, the hardest part of this job is over. Now, you just need to keep your lawn happy while it establishes its roots. Soak the lawn with water regularly, it's better to apply lots of water to the lawn less frequently to help the roots establish deeper in the soil rather than near to the surface.

Note: It's best to avoid walking on your lawn until it has had a chance to establish, this could take several weeks!

Would you like to leave your lawn installation to Lawn & Weed Expert? We have years of experience in laying turf and will get the job done quickly and efficiently! Simply click the button below and fill in our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch! 

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If you’re wondering how you can give your lawn a well-needed makeover, why not follow our lawn makeover plan! As experts in the lawn care industry, we can talk you through the steps you need to take to restore your lawn to its glory days.

In total, there are eight steps that we recommend you follow to transform your lawn from a sad, weed-riddled patch of land to a soft, green, healthy lawn. Of course, we’ll explain each step in more detail as we progress but, for your reference, the steps you need to take are:

  1. Assessing the Damage
  2. Removing Debris
  3. Aerating the Grass/Soil
  4. Removing Weeds
  5. Scarifying
  6. Seeding
  7. Feeding
  8. Watering

Assess the Damage

Every lawn is different and some lawns might need more care and attention than others. We recommend starting with a free lawn survey to assess the damage.

If your lawn is severely damaged (beyond repair), our specialists might advise you to have a completely fresh start and re-turf your lawn. However, if they feel that your existing lawn is salvageable, they will more than likely recommend that you give your lawn a good mow and then proceed with a lawn makeover plan that looks something like this…

Remove Debris

If your lawn has been unattended for a while, it’s likely that there is a build up of dead leaves, dirt and debris across its surface. Before you can begin treating your lawn, you need to remove all of this or it will smother the young grass shoots trying to emerge. This is a simple enough job, grab a rake and start raking the debris into a pile so that you can dispose of it in your garden bin.

Aerate the Grass/Soil

Over time, if lawns are walked on, the soil becomes incredibly compacted making it difficult for grass to grow. Compacted grass causes poorly-developed roots, weakens the grass and can even promote grass diseases, so aerating the lawn is an important step in its recovery.

Aeration creates tiny holes across the surface of your lawn, loosens the soil and promotes healthy growth. Aerating and entire lawn by hand can be a very time-consuming process. You have to push a garden fork roughly 10-15cm into the soil at 15cm intervals. So, if you have a big lawn, you’re going to be aerating for quite some time…

Our Aeration and spiking service will ensure your lawn is fully aerated and ready for the next stages of its makeover in a fraction of the time. We use professional aerating machines that will do all the work for you!

Remove Weeds

If you want your lawn to be a pristine, weed-free space, now is the time to remove all the weeds in sight! To do this by hand you’ll need to dig up each weed and apply a suitable weed killer to ensure they don’t come back.

When you do this yourself, you will not only spend hours clambering around your garden on your hands and knees, but you also run the risk of choosing and applying a weed killer that might inhibit the growth of your lawn further down the line. We recommend leaving this arduous task to the (Lawn & Weed) experts!

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Scarifying

Once all the of the obvious weeds are out of the way, it’s time to scarify! Scarification removes thatch and moss that’s become interwoven in your lawn.

To do this by hand, you will need to work with one small area of your lawn at a time using a wire rake. The thatch and moss might be quite matted and thick, so you will need to use some elbow grease to pull all of it out! Alternatively, you can hire our time of scarification experts who will scarify your lawn with a scarification machine.

(Bear in mind that your lawn might actually look worse after the scarification process, but in the long run, this will help your lawn flourish!)

Seeding

If your lawn has some sever bald patches or needs a little extra volume, now is the time to spread some seeds. For thin areas, spread the seeds and lightly rake over them to help press them into the soil. For particularly bald patches, break up the soil in the bald area, scatter the seeds over and cover with a thin layer of compost.

If you suspect that the brown/yellow, sparse patches on your lawn are suspicious and might need special treatment, this page might help you identify and treat the problem:

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Feeding

In order to give your new grass seeds the best start in life, you should apply fertilizer to your lawn. There are lots of different fertilizers on the market, and choosing the right one can sometimes be tricky.

If you’re unsure what type of fertilizer will work for your lawn, don’t panic. We offer a professional lawn fertilisation service, using fertilisers that are exclusive to industry professionals. Our experts will help you determine the right type of fertiliser for your lawn & apply it for you.

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Watering

So, your lawn makeover is nearing completion! If you’ve followed all the steps in our lawn makeover guide, your lawn should be well on its way to looking green and healthy! The final step, watering your lawn, seems pretty self-explanatory, but there is definitely an art to it.  

We recommend watering your lawn 2-3 times per week rather than a little bit every day. This prevents the grassroots remaining near the surface of your lawn (where the water is). For more advice on watering your lawn, head to our watering tips page.

We hope that this lawn makeover guide helps you to improve your lawn, whatever state it’s currently in. Remember, if you have any questions, or if you’d like our help giving your lawn a makeover – get in touch. Call us on 0800 111 4958, or fill in our enquiry form.

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Lawn grubs that you find in your lawn are baby insects – also known as larvae. Lawn grubs cause problems because they burrow through your soil eating your precious grassroots and destroying your garden as they go.

The most common time to find lawn grubs in your garden is during the summer months. The adult insects emerge at the start of summer to mate and then deposit their eggs back into the soil. Their eggs take a couple of weeks to hatch and once they do, they start feeding… on your lawn!

There are two types of common lawn grubs that you might come across in your garden; chafer grubs and leatherjackets. Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we can help you eradicate both types of lawn grub and prevent damage. But first, let us tell you a bit about them.

Chafer Grubs

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Lawn grubs in your garden

If you’re unfortunate enough to have an infestation of chafer grubs in your garden, it can be truly devastating for your lawn and other garden plants. It can be quite difficult to detect lawn grubs because they live and feed underground and barely come to the surface.

If you do happen to spot lawn grubs in your garden, we recommend contacting us for a free lawn survey so we can assess the extent of the infestation and start to treat it before these pesky lawn grubs cause you too many problems!

Identifying a chafer grub:

If you see any lawn grubs in your garden with the following characteristics, then it’s likely that you have a chafer grub infestation.

  • 3 pairs of legs situated at the front of the body
  • A distinctive light brown/orange coloured head
  • Plump white body

Chafer grubs, like most lawn grubs, are eaten by foxes, badgers and a variety of birds including magpies and jackdaws. If you see any of these animals lingering suspiciously on your lawn and looking for food, it might be time to give us a call! For more information on our lawn grub control services, click the button below:

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 Leatherjackets

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Leatherjackets are baby crane flies – or crane fly larvae. You might be thinking, what’s a crane fly? Crane flies are much more commonly known by their nickname – Daddy Longlegs. During late autumn and early spring, these lawn grubs will feed ravenously on grass and plant roots, creating large patches of dry yellow grass as your lawn starts to die.

If you start to see these appearing, contact us for a free lawn survey to assess whether lawn grubs are causing the problem.

Identifying a leatherjacket:

If you spot a lawn grub with any of the following features, you might have a leatherjacket infestation in your garden.

  • No obvious legs
  • Brown/grey all over
  • Mandibles at one end

Leatherjackets are often eaten by crows and magpies. So, if you see any of these birds flocking to your lawn then you should investigate to see if you can spot any lawn grubs and give us a call. We offer a comprehensive leatherjacket control service that will help keep your lawn grub free! Find out more here:

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While lawn grubs like these can be a particular nuisance, we know they aren’t the only type of pest you might find on your lawn! For all of our lawn pest & insect control services, simply click the button here: Lawn Pest & Insect Control Services >

For those of you trying to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden, garden weeds are a huge problem that can be difficult to get rid of. There are hundreds of different kinds of weeds that can crop up in your garden, from grassy weeds that grow within your lawn, to broadleaf weeds and vines. We have all kinds of weeds that are commonly found across the UK. But which weeds are the most common in our UK gardens?

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelions are a common type of weed that pop up in lawns and fields nationwide. They have distinctive yellow flowers which dry out in the summer months to form the iconic spherical seed heads we associate with dandelions. These seeds are dispersed by the wind and travel to nearby lawns and fields, which is why they are one of the most common weeds in our gardens across the UK! You are likely to see dandelions appearing in your garden between March and November.

Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

These low growing weeds have incredibly fibrous, robust roots which makes them hard to eradicate. They are identified by their bright yellow flowers and furry stems and leaves. Creeping Buttercups prefer lawns and fields with particularly wet soil, so you often find them in ditches and waterlogged fields. You are likely to see them most during spring and the late summer months.

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

This weed is incredibly fast growing and deep-rooted, it causes a lot of problems for homeowners across the UK. Japanese Knotweed can be identified by its reddish-purple fleshy shoots, dense bamboo-like stems and flat, green, heart-shaped leaves. Its large network of underground roots makes getting rid of this weed incredibly difficult.  

Having Japanese knotweed around your home can cause you significant problems, especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future. If you’re concerned that you may have Japanese knotweed outside your property, contact our sister company Taylor Weed Control – the Japanese knotweed removal specialists. They will help you eradicate this common garden weed before it has a chance to cause any lasting damage!

Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort plantain is an incredibly resilient weed that can appear in your garden anytime during the year. It is identified by its brown, oval-shaped flower heads with protruding white stamens. The reason it is such a prevalent weed in our UK gardens is that it can live in a vast array of conditions - tolerating environments similar to a rainforest and incredibly dry soils too . Here in the UK our weather changes so frequently it can feel like a rainforest one day and a desert the next!  

Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

This perennial lawn weed is a member of the clover family (although we're not sure it has the same good luck charm). It has slowly crept its way into gardens all over the UK, causing a real problem! Much like Japanese knotweed, this common garden weed has a robust, deep root system and spreads both above and below ground level making it difficult to remove.

As you can see, birds-foot trefoil has bright yellow flowers that bloom between April and September. Although this is a pretty weed, we know it can still cause you a lot of problems, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you've spotted it in your garden!

If you are currently experiencing a problem with any of these common garden weeds – Lawn & Weed Expert can offer professional, effective treatment that will make your lawn and garden weed-free again in no time! Find out more about our effective weed control treatments by clicking the button below:

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