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.

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. Taylor Total 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 gotten 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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beautiful lawn in the sunshine

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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Lawn maintenance schedule

Your 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 upon 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!

For more lawn care advice and information on lawn maintenance, click here:

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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

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! Enquire today about our turf laying service.

However, if you want to lay a lawn by yourself, here's some helpful advice...

 

Before you start...

Timing is everything! 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.

READ MORE: What's the Best Time to Lay Turf?

 

When your new turf arrives...

When your new turf arrives, you should think carefully about where you intend to store it. The best place 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 and 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 tricky part: actually laying the lawn. There's a lot to be said for well-prepared soil, so 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 fertiliser 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 and 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 and trim any excess using a sharp cutting tool.

 

Initial lawn care

Once your turf is laid, the hardest part of the 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 may 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!

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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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