leaving a tree stump in the ground

If you've decided to cut down a tree in your garden, you might be wondering if you can leave the stump in the ground. In this blog, we'll explain what can happen if a tree stump is left in the ground and advise you on the best way to remove the tree stump once and for all.

The problems with leaving a tree stump in the ground

While the task of removing a tree stump might seem daunting, there are some serious downsides to leaving it in the ground.

Suckering

First of all, a living tree stump might start to sucker, this is where new trees start to grow from the roots that are left in the ground. The last thing you want when you've paid to have a tree felled professionally is to find another one growing up in its place within a matter of weeks!

Fungus and rot

If your tree stump has died, then you won't need to worry about suckering, but you will need to worry about potential fungus and rot. As with all living organisms, dead trees start to decompose after a very short time. Leaving a rotting tree stump in the ground is unsightly, especially if fungal growths start to form.

Best time to remove your stump

Tree stumps in your garden can be removed at any time after felling, so even if you decide to leave a tree stump in the ground initially, you can always choose to have it removed at a later date. Your tree surgeon might use a stump killer to prevent suckering, so it's likely that your tree stump will be dead by the time you come to remove it.

Our stump grinding service

So, you've decided you don't want to leave an unsightly tree stump in the ground. What are your options?

In a previous blog, we took a look at a few things you can do with a tree stump to make it more of a decorative feature. However, if a birdbath, game board or planter doesn't take your fancy, it might be time to enquire about our stump grinding services.

We use specialist machinery to grind the stump down and turn the excess wood into chippings. This won't disturb the garden around the stump, and will also provide you with home-grown chippings to mulch your soil with. 

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Remember, we also offer a wide range of other lawn care services to help you keep your garden in tip-top condition all year round. Feel free to enquire about a full lawn and garden care package if your outdoor space is in need of some love!

Contact us now for a FREE lawn care survey. We'll give you a quote for your stump grinding as well as our recommendations for your lawn maintenance. 

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what does lawn feed do

The secret to a healthy body, a luscious head of hair and continued good health is in the types of food that we eat. The same principle applies to your lawn! Grass that's malnourished will appear dull and lifeless, that's why it's so important that you think about your lawn feed carefully.

There are lots of different lawn feeds on the market and it might take a bit of trial and error before you find one that seems to tick all the boxes for your lawn. You might find that you're spending a lot of money on lawn feed and not seeing the results you hoped for. 

When applied correctly, lawn feed will help your grass stay healthy, luscious and green all year round!

 

Choosing the right lawn feed

Unless you have a good understanding of chemistry, you might struggle to differentiate between one type of lawn feed and another. Some lawn feeds are rich in nitrates, others are formulated with moss-killing chemicals and some are more acidic than others.

So, how do you decide which lawn feed is most suitable for your lawn? It's all about finding the right balance of these three elements: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

Read More: Types of Lawn Fertiliser - What's the Right Choice for Your Lawn?

 

Best time to feed your lawn

Like all living organisms, lawns require regular feeding. Your lawn is exposed to the weather all year round, so you should adjust your feeding regime to suit different seasons. 

Your lawn's requirements in summer when the temperature is hot and the air is dry are going to a be a lot different than your lawn's requirements in autumn/winter when the temperature drops and things become a bit boggy! The best way to remember what to feed your lawn and when is to set up a calendar or reminder (you could even do this on your phone!)

Take a look at our lawn feeding tips for different seasons here: Lawn Feeding Tips - When To Feed Your Lawn

 

What happens if I use too much lawn feed?

Going back to our original analogy, overindulging in food (particularly the wrong kinds of food) is seriously going to have a knock-on effect for your body. Over-eating has all kinds of nasty side effects like; weight gain, breakouts, diabetes... the list goes on!

Surprise surprise, overfeeding your lawn isn't going to do it any favours. One of the most common side effects of overfeeding is called Lawn Fertiliser Burn. It causes horrible brow, dry patches in your lawn and can be quite difficult to correct. That's why we recommend sticking to a routine and making sure you've chosen lawn feed that does the right things for your lawn.

 

Get lawn feed that does the right things, first time!

It turns out that understanding what lawn feed does, choosing the right one and using it properly is a fine art. We understand that most homeowners don't have time to research different chemicals, nevermind stick to a gruelling lawn feed regime. 

That's why we offer a professional lawn fertiliser service! Our lawn technicians have been working with high-quality lawn fertiliser that isn't available in shops or garden centres for years. They have a really great understanding of different lawn types and their needs, which makes it easy for us to find a lawn feed that does the right things for you.

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If you have any questions about lawn fertiliser, or if you'd like to arrange a FREE lawn survey, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at - sales@lawnweedexpert.co.uk.

plan lawn care schedule 2021

So, we've made it! The end of 2020 is finally in sight. It's been a strange old year, but we're looking forward to seeing what 2021 has to offer. If you'll be spending more time at home in 2021, we're sure you'll be keen to get your garden looking its best for spring/summer!

The key to a healthy, green lawn all year round is to plan your lawn care in advance. Since we're about to start a new year, now is the perfect time to sit down and create your schedule. A bit of forward-thinking now will save you a lot of hassle in the future, so, here are our top tips for planning your 2021 lawn care schedule.

The first few months of the year

The first few months of the year are always cold, damp and sometimes snowy! That's because New Year falls in the middle of the winter lawn care period. This is a particularly challenging time for your lawn, so once you've slept off your New Year's day hangover, it's time to turn your attention to your garden. 

The three main jobs you need to do are:

  • Clearing fallen leaves
  • Aerating to prevent waterlogging
  • Fertilising to put nutrients back into the soil

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When spring arrives

You'll be pleased to know that once the bleakness of winter passes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel - springtime! This is probably your lawn's favourite time of year because there's more sunlight and more nutrients available to sustain a rapid period of growth.

It's also a lovely time to be out in the garden, flowers start to bloom and garden visitors like birds and butterflies start to emerge. For your spring lawn care, the jobs you need to do are:

  • Pest control 
  • Mowing at least once a week
  • Top Dressing to improve the quality of your soil
  • Overseeding to improve the density of the grass
  • Aerating to loosen soil and allow nutrients to penetrate deeper
  • Scarifying to remove moss and thatch
  • Removing weeds

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Summer 2021

Summer might seem a long way away now, but it will creep up on us very quickly. Again, having a lawn care schedule prepared for this period will help you stay on top of your garden maintenance. If we're lucky, summer will bring lots of sunshine. This can, however, put extra strain on your lawn.

During particularly hot summers, your lawn might experience a drought, so it's important you look after it by:

  • Mowing
  • Watering
  • Eradicating pests

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Transitioning into autumn

Once summer is over, we'll be back into the autumn months where the days get shorter, colder and things in the garden start to die back. It's normal for your lawn to look a little lacklustre through the autumn and winter months, but there are things you can do to make sure it looks fresh and healthy again in the spring. 

We'd recommend planning in the following jobs:

  • Mowing on a longer setting so you don't take too much length off
  • Overseeding to strengthen grass
  • Aerating to relieve surface water, autumn is often the wettest time of year!
  • Moss control
  • Disease protection to prevent red thread, mould and other diseases developing in your lawn

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Our pre-prepared lawn care schedule

To see a Lawn Care Schedule that we prepared earlier, click the button below. You can print a copy of this infographic off to stick on your fridge if you don't want to create your own personal schedule.

Another great way to keep track of your lawn care is to put some reminders in your 2021 diary so you'll know which jobs need doing when!

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Hopefully this blog will help you plan your lawn care schedule for 2021. As always, if you need any advice, or if you'd like us to take charge of your lawn care treatments in 2021, give us a call on 0800 111 4958.

grass scythe

A brief history of lawns

Hundreds of years ago, lawns were used as green communal spaces to graze livestock, so it was very rare for a household to have a lawn of its own. Lawns grew in popularity amongst European aristocrats during the Middle Ages because the conditions were good for growing grass. They scarcely appeared in other countries or cultures around the world until they became influenced by Western culture. 

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winter garden birds

When the temperature drops it can be a little less tempting to pop in the garden and enjoy nature. Nonetheless, there lots of different winter garden birds to be seen if you do fancy wrapping up warm and going out to look for them. In today's blog, we're going to explore some of the most common winter garden birds in the UK.

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