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When it comes to garnishing your house with yuletide trimmings and festive cheer, there are few artistic additions that make a seasonal statement quite like outdoor Christmas decorations.

From homely holly wreaths gloriously gracing the front door to stunning icicle lights majestically hanging from your roof, bringing the Christmas spirit to you outside space can be hugely effective.

But what about the garden itself? What’s the best way to inject some holiday glee it your outdoor plot? Well ponder no more, people!

Lawn & Weed Expert is taking a break from treating grass and tackling turf to bring you a sackful of seasonal tips to turn your garden into a winter wonderland.

 

 

Christmas Garden Decorations

If you’re looking to bring your garden to life with Christmas spirit this yuletide, look no further than these festive suggestions to add some seasonal magic to your outside space.

 

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Pathway Lights

Placed either side of your garden path, festive pathway lights create a wonderfully wintry channel that leads all the way up to your front door.

These lights come in a variety of designs; however, our personal favourite is the Christmas tree design, complete with LED lights.

Each pathway light comes with a metal spike on the bottom, allowing them to be rooted securely in the grassy ground beneath.

Meanwhile, if your path doesn’t feature a surface suitable for piercing, you can create the same effect by filling plant pots with soil and placing them either side of your path.

Available as a set of four at Argos.

 

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Snowflake Projector

Hanging Christmas lights from your rooftop can be an arduous and lengthy task. Worse still, it will also require equally arduous and lengthy removal come January.

A great way to avoid these chores yet still reap the radiant rewards of the season is to invest in a stunning snowflake projector for your garden.

These simple to use outdoor illuminators allow you to beam snowflake patterns directly on to your house, creating the ultimate festive visual.

Effortlessly achieved, simple installed and equally simple to pack down, these plug and play additions never fail to make a fantastic wintry impression.

Browse these festive projectors and more online at The Range.

 

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Vintage Appeal

You don’t need to take the high-tech route to festivise your front lawn. In fact, going old-school can bring a classic feel of authenticity to your outdoor design.

Why not add some retro flair to your festive decorations by accessorising your outside space with vintage wintry items?

Something as simple as placing an old wooden sledge against the wall by your front door can really bring a sense of Christmas class to your outdoor design.

Why not wrap your sledge in a festive garland or even add a wreath to enhance its classic appeal and really bring this throwback feature to life?

A variety of vintage sledges can be found at Connox.

 

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Acrylic Additions

A Christmas classic that’s becoming increasingly popular across the nation with every passing year, acrylic ornaments shaped like your favourite festive animals have become a staple of outside yuletide design.

From jolly snowmen to prancing reindeer, the range of designs isn’t short on variety. You can just as easily pick up a prowling polar bear, a family of penguins or even a sparkling unicorn!

With an innate ability to brighten up any outdoor space and bring a smile to even the biggest of Scrooges, these glowing garden additions are the perfect complement to any Christmas garden design.

For a variety of outdoor acrylic decorations, check out Homebase.

 

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The wintertime can be a harsh season for the great outdoors, taking its toll on everything from animals to flowers and all that lies in between.

Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy for wildlife and plant life alike, and the combination of cold weather and frosty conditions make for a formidable tag team.

Luckily, from a gardening perspective, there are a few ways you can protect your garden from the detrimental effects of the winter cold.

This handy guide will help your garden lawn make it through the cold and come out the other side unscathed, fit and ready to spring into action and soak up the summer sun.

 

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Will Frost Damage My Lawn?

In short, the answer to this is almost entirely dependent on how you treat your lawn during periods of cold weather and frosty conditions.

As a general rule, if you leave your lawn to it and let nature quite literally take its course, your lawn should be just fine.

Conversely, if you engage with your grass during its frozen state – be it mowing, fertilising on simply walking on it – your actions will likely do more harm than good.

 

Heave-Ho

A typical issue associated with lawn frost is heave – surface swelling caused by water expansion in the soil during freezing conditions.

While lawn heave will typically sort itself out once the weather returns to a more temperate climate, you may want to give your lawn a light roll in the spring to level the playing field.

 

Tips to Avoid Lawn Frost Damage

To help you maintain a healthy garden in the face of frosty conditions, here are a few top tips to avoid lawn frost damage and ensure your garden makes it through to springtime in one piece.

 

Step Off

While it may seem obvious to say, frost can quite literally freeze your lawn, making each blade of grass rigid yet brittle in the process (hence the crunch when you step on it).

Frozen grass is typically weak and highly susceptible to cell damage if walked on during its sub-zero state. As such, any footprints made during this period can quite literally leave a lasting impression.

To keep your lawn intact and in good health when the cold subsides and the warmth returns, keep off the grass and stick to the path during any spells of frost.

 

Mow No Mo’

Another obvious yet important point to keep in mind, never mow your lawn during frosty conditions.

As stated above, the cold temperatures can leave your lawn highly susceptible to damage and make it all too easy to cause long-term damage.

Think of it as your lawn having a weakened immune system. It won’t take much to give it a secondary ailment so it’s best to leave it be.

Similarly, you should also refrain from fertilising during this period too, as the excess nitrogen within typical fertilisers can actually have a detrimental impact on your grass.

 

Break Wind

Okay, to clarify that title, this is no time to let rip in your outside space – unless, of course, you want to distance yourself from the neighbours.

We are, however, referring to the act of protecting your garden grass by setting up windbreakers to reduce the impact of the seasonal breeze.

Strong, winter winds can do a lot of damage to a frozen lawn by stripping it of vital moisture and nutrients needed during the cold conditions.

In order to protect your lawn against the moisture-sucking capabilities of these dry winds, setting up windbreakers can help reduce the speed and impact of these harsh and frosty gales.

Whether you opt for the natural approach of creating hedges or the less natural approach of creating low-level walls, setting up protective barriers against the wind is a great way to protect your lawn in frosty conditions.

 

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Do You (Really) Want to Build a Snowman?

When it comes to wintry conditions, snow is perhaps the highlight of the winter weather – especially if you have kids to share it with.

However, there is a notable side-effect of the snowy fun and that is the aptly-named nuisance that is snow mould.

A wintry variant of fusarium, snow mould occurs once the snow has thawed and typically effects fine or older turf, turning it yellow/brown and can effectively kill your grass.

Worse still, patches of snow mould can increase in size up to a foot or more in diameter and can commonly merge with other patches to form larger surface areas.

Snow mould typically occurs under areas of dense snow, e.g. beneath a snowman or mounds of shovelled snow.

The best way to control this naturally is to improve the airflow through efficient drainage, scarifying and aeration; however, for the best results, seek professional help.

 

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Taking care of your lawn on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can be a real pain the grass, especially if your green fingers are out of practice.

However, you don’t need to have a lust for lawns that rivals Alan Titchmarsh to grow a lush green garden.

In fact, turning your pitiful patch into the perfect plot could be as simple as cutting out your bad habits.

Weed out your faults now with this handy list of common lawn care mistakes and turn your struggling yard into the king of the hill.

 

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#1. Scalping Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn too short is one of the most common mistakes for amateur gardeners, often done as a means of prolonging the time between cuts.

While understandable and, to a degree, quite logical, it can be quite damaging to your lawn in practice.

Cutting the grass too short can put excess stress on the grass making it more susceptible to lawn disease and pests.

As a general rule, aim to cut your grass to a height of three inches to ensure it retains its top growth and remains strong enough to fend off whatever challenges Mother Nature throws its way.

 

#2. Using the Wrong Fertiliser

Fertilising your lawn is a great way to maintain healthy grass and nutrient-rich soil. That much is no secret; however, the importance of using the right fertiliser largely is.

Using the wrong fertiliser for the specific grass in your garden is vital in ensuring the health of your lawn. Incorrect products that aren’t matched to your grass can be largely pointless, if not damaging.

Similarly, using too much or too little of even the correct fertiliser can also be an important factor, with too much causing damage and too little being ineffective. Meanwhile, application at the wrong time of year can also make the whole job a futile process.

Be sure to check you have the right fertiliser for your lawn before you apply. If unsure, check with an expert or a local landscape gardener to help identify the grass local to your area.

 

#3. Blunt Blades

While it may not seem like an issue on the surface of things, dull blades can seriously damage your lawn when it comes to cutting time.

Think of it as cutting a thick sirloin with a blunt steak knife. Blunt blades simply won’t cut it…quite literally. Instead, the dull edge winds up tearing through the surface.

The same principle applies to lawn mowing. If you mow your lawn with blunt blades, you’ll wind up ripping the grass instead of cutting, damaging the grass in the process.

The result is jagged blades of grass that are more susceptible to disease. At the very least, they are more likely to turn brown in the aftermath.

Blades can quickly lose their edge if you mow carelessly, too close or come into contact with rocks. Aim to sharpen your blades twice a year to keep them looking sharp.

 

#4. Over Watering

Perhaps the most common mistake for amateur gardeners, over watering the lawn is a crime many of us will be guilty of from time to time.

Naturally, water is a vital ingredient for any healthy lawn and a key component in its weekly diet plan. However, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can cause harm.

Whether it’s carelessness, lack of knowledge or just being overzealous with a hose, applying too much water to your lawn can lead to waterlogging.

In addition to that, it can also stunt the development of the roots, negating the need for them to reach deep into the soil for moisture.

If the weather is damp and rainy, you may not need to water at all; however, if conditions are dry, aim to give your garden around an inch of water a week.

 

#5. Lack of Aeration

Neglecting to aerate your lawn is a common offence for many, if not most homeowners across the UK; however, the consequences of such can be significant and, at times, devastating.

Aerating your garden soil lets water permeate through the surface more easily, effectively allowing your soil to absorb the nutrients. This is particularly beneficial for compacted, clay-heavy soil.

Aeration is achieved simply through piercing holes in the surface. This can be done using a standard fork or manual aerator; however, for larger areas, you may want to invest in a powered-aerator.

 

 

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As soon as the clocks go back signifying the end of British summertime, you can guarantee two things: shorter days and colder weather.

Sadly, neither one of those seasonal traits lend themselves well to gardening and, while the former can be depressing, the latter can have a particularly damning effect on the green, green grass of home – specifically your home.

Ensure your green fingers don’t come down with frostbite this winter by implementing these fool-proof tips into your garden defence.

 

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Bring Out Your Dead

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to give your garden a spring clean. Or should that be a winter clean… either way, you get the idea.

Dead plants, weeds and leaves can carry disease and fungus that can prove damaging to other healthy plants nearby. This is particularly applicable to spent annuals and vegetable plants.

Meanwhile, pests can also thrive amongst dead, rotting vegetation, which too can cause subsequent damage to your garden.

Removing any plants that have past their expiration date should remove the problem and any possibility of springtime issues down the line.

 

Get the Drinks In

If a drop in temperature is predicted in advance, pre-empting the big freeze and watering your plants ahead of time can pay dividends once the cold spell hits.

Sub-zero temperatures can cause the ground to freeze, preventing water from permeating the surface and ultimately reaching the roots.

Getting ahead of the curve allows your plants to soak up the moisture while it still can, which can be particularly helpful when it comes to annuals and potted plants.

Speaking of potted plants…

 

All Gone to Pot

Terracotta plant pots can make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden. Unfortunately, terracotta isn’t invincible and this is never more evident than during the wintertime.

To prevent your pots from cracking by gathering them up and placing them together, ideally in an unexposed area of the garden that’s sheltered from the elements, such as near the house.

For an additional layer of protection, you can even go one step further and wrap them up with hessian or horticultural fleece for enhanced insulation.

The combination of swaddling your plant pots with heat retentive materials and grouping them together in a huddled formation should help ensure they survive the winter unscathed.

 

Mulch Ado About Nothing

As noted above, the harsh winter conditions can make the surface hard and difficult for water to permeate. To counteract this inevitability, mulching over the autumn/winter can help the soil to retain water and regulate temperature, protecting your plants in the process.

What’s more, adding mulch to your flowerbeds will help keep root temperatures stable, preventing churning and heaving, while it can also inhibit weed growth. Meanwhile, as the mulch breaks down, it naturally deposits additional organic nutrients into the soil.

 

 

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From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.

Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.

To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.

 

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Garden Flooding Solutions

Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.

 

Get Some Fresh Air

Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.

To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.

Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.

 

Gutter Talk

While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.

If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.

Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.

Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.

Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.

 

Vive la France!

For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.

In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…

A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).

This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.

The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).

 

Call in the Pros

If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.

Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.

 

 

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Commercial weed removal

With over 20 years of experience in the lawncare trade, Lawn & Weed Expert isn’t just a fancy brand name – it’s a moniker we take great pride in reinforcing, time after time after time.

In our effort to provide the ultimate weed removal service, we don’t just eradicate weeds from private homes and residential properties, we also provide weed removal services for commercial properties too.

 

Commercial Property Weeds

Weeds don’t discriminate and are just as likely to hit commercial properties as they are your back garden. From nettles to algae and everything in between, unsightly weeds and undergrowth can be a real eyesore.

For commercial properties, this can be of particular importance and be the difference between attracting and repelling passing customers. After all, if a company has low standards of appearance, what does that say about its quality of service?

Meanwhile, large plots of land attached to or associated with commercial premises can also be subject to weeds and cause issues as a result. For example, company car parks overrun by weeds not only reduce space but also pose potential hazards, in addition to looking aesthetically awful.

Luckily, LWE offers a bespoke weed removal service that’s tailored for you and your commercial property – designed to send weeds packing and keep your property looking inviting and appealing to the public from season to season.

 

What is Commercial Weed Removal?

Much like a residential property, commercial weed removal is a simple process with one goal in mind – a weedless scenery.

From the first point of contact, our team of experts will visit your commercial property to provide an initial assessment of the premises.

From there, we will be able to outline the suggested course of action and subsequently provide time scales and quotes for the service required.

Naturally, this assessment and resultant diagnosis can vary depending on the size of the land and extent of the weed coverage.

Once agreed, our team will get to work on removing your weeds and returning your plot back to its former weed-free glory.

 

Commercial Weed Removal with LWE

With a bit of TLC from LWE, our weed removal services have the ability to breathe a second lease of life into your commercial property

We currently offer our extensive range of commercial weed removal in Cardiff, Swansea and the wider areas around South Wales and have helped a range of commercial customers achieve a flawless finish.

Previous clientele has included a variety of high-profile brands, including the likes of car giants, BMW. In fact, we’ve helped a number of notable showrooms achieve a flawless forecourt to house their awesome autos.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to own a branded showroom full of quality cars to reap the rewards of commercial weed removal. We’ve also supplied our services to a number of business centres across South Wales, helping keep the workplace looking professional and weed-free.

 

If you manage or own a commercial property in the South Wales region, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to request a FREE survey or drop us a line using the link below.

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When it comes to killing weeds on your property chemically-enhanced weed killers are great for eradicating your property of these unwanted unsightly guests.

However, chemicals and over-the-counter weed killers can also come with a risk. Powerful chemicals can be just as effective at attacking your lawn as they are the weeds.

With that in mind, it’s good to have a few organic aces up your sleeve, just in case.

Weed out those irritating lawn invaders and turn your lawn into a weed-free wonderland with this guide on how to kill weeds without killing your grass.

 

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Tips for How to Kill Weed Without Killing Grass

While there are a variety of store-bought products that claim to kill weeds without affecting the health of your grass, for the purpose of this blog, we’re going to focus on alternative methods you can try at home.

That being said, not all home remedies are ideal for killing weeds while still leaving your grass protected. A perfect example of this is the simple boiling water technique. Ideal for driveway weeds and patio pests, steaming hot water will kill off healthy grass just as quickly as it kills off weeds.

As such, knowing how to kill weed without killing grass is crucial in maintaining a healthy lawn. Here are a few options you can try at home without having to resort to chemical warfare.

 

Hand Removal

If you wanted to go the au naturel route to weedless perfection, the obvious route to go down is the proactive method of pulling them up by hand. After all, what better way to get to the root of the problem than by yanking them up by the roots?

While this is arguably one of the most effective methods of weed removal, the downside of this technique is that it is naturally very time-consuming. In the case of multiple weeds and large areas of coverage, this process can quickly turn into a mammoth task.

Worse still, weeds can often break off as their being pulled up from the ground, leaving the roots lying in wait beneath, only to resurface down the line. Nevertheless, persistence pays off and they should eventually disappear with continued attention.

 

Vodka/Gin

While it may seem likely a waste of perfectly good alcohol, both vodka and gin make for surprisingly effective weed killers. Simply spray onto the desired area and let nature take its course!

The level of dilution for this technique varies greatly depending on who you ask – ranging from a vodka/water ratio 1:6 to straight vodka completely undiluted. To be safe, you’re better off exercising caution and diluting to avoid the hangover effecting your healthy grass.

This method is particularly effective for areas that see a lot of sun. The combination of sunlight and vodka can dry out the weeds and leave them dehydrated within just a few hours. Soon enough, they should shrivel up and die out.

While this may seem odd, if you’ve ever had a heavy night at a festival and woken up in a hot tent the following morning, you’ll completely understand why. Just try to keep the spray generally aimed at the weeds, as it can have a similar dehydrative effect on flowers too.

 

Corn Gluten

Another great option is corn gluten meal, which has seen an emergence in the weed removal market in recent years. A by-product of the corn starch/syrup production process, corn gluten meal is 60% protein and 10% nitrogen – two beneficial nutrients for lawns.

A naturally organic and non-toxic weed suppressant, corn gluten meal is said to prevent weed seeds from germinating without harming the healthy grass, effectively cutting weeds off at the source before they have chance to ravage your lawn.

However, while this sounds fantastic in theory, reviews are commonly mixed with regards to its success rate. Both scientific study and professional reviews report varying results, raising question marks over its effectiveness.

Despite the mixed feedback on germination prevention, corn gluten meal is said to be largely effective in inhibiting root formation. Liberal coverage in relatively dry conditions is your best bet for the highest chance of success.

 

Professional Weed Killing Services

While the above techniques are great for DIY weed removal, their effectiveness isn’t guaranteed and there are also naturally going to be risks involved with each method. For guaranteed weed removal that lasts, your best bet is to call in the experts.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, out weed removal services are effective, efficient and, most importantly, expertly applied. We take great care to waylay your weeds without tarnishing your turf and have access to industry products not widely available to the general public.

For additional tips on how to kill weeds without killing your grass or more information on weed killing services at Lawn & Weed Expert, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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With a seemingly endless stream of technological innovations arriving with each passing year, it seems that the world is becoming increasingly reliant on ever-decreasing realism.

From micro-bladed eyebrows to lab-made vital organs, the 21st century is becoming increasingly reliant on faux surrogates for the real thing. Even the media has become notoriously reliant on fake news and even phonier politicians!

Gardening is no exception and has long been the breeding ground for artificial stand-ins, from house plants to Christmas trees. However, one garden feature that has seen a notable increase across the UK is artificial grass.

Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out…

 

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Benefits of Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has seen a dramatic rise in popularity for a number of reasons in recent years. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of ditching the real deal in favour of a lookalike lawn.

 

Low-Maintenance

The primary reason many Brits are switching from genuine garden grass to artificial greenery is simple: it requires hardly any upkeep whatsoever.

From mowing to weeding, real grass requires a lot of work to keep it looking presentable, particularly over the spring and summer months when grass growth is at its peak.

Leaving your garden to fend for itself is not a wise move. It’s a jungle out there and neglecting it will make your garden resemble one too.

Fake grass provides an easy life, with no need for continuous TLC to maintain its unblemished aesthetic.

 

Durability

In addition to its year-round looks, it also boasts the ability to shake off the harshest of weather conditions, regardless of the season.

From baking sun to torrential rain to wintry frost, artificial grass won’t falter under the demands of Mother Nature.

What’s more, real grass often struggles under heavy footfall and a family barbeque can easily turn your beautiful lawn into a trampled mess or worse.

With artificial grass, you’ll have no such issue. While fake turf isn’t ideal on slopes, it is more than capable of withstanding a load of traffic during social gatherings.

 

Consistency

Real grass requires sunlight to maintain its constant colouration across the area of lawn. This can be troublesome, particularly when it comes to shaded areas.

Shady patches will naturally receive less sunlight and thus grow at a slower rate. Meanwhile, in colder weather conditions, this can even lead these patches to remain frosty, while the rest of the lawn basks in the winter sun.

Artificial grass won’t have these issues and will be uniform from fence to fence. Additionally, artificial grass is inherently immune to lawn disease, nor will it discolour should the family dog decide to give it an unwanted spray.

 

Benefits of Real Grass

While artificial grass does have its obvious benefits, it’s hard to argue with the allure of real grass. Nature’s carpet has its own laundry list of natural pros that make it a fantastic choice for any garden.

 

Price

Artificial grass can be extremely pricy, particularly if you have a large garden area and want a surface that looks realistic.

When it comes to artificial grass, you really do get what you pay for: cheap isn’t good and good isn’t cheap.

High-quality artificial grass that looks the part will set you back anywhere between £15 and £30/m2.

By contrast, a few packets of grass seed and some Miracle-Gro will hardly break the bank beyond repair.

Even if you were to lay ready-made real turf, it could still cost you less than £5/m2, cutting the cost considerably.

 

Eco-Friendly

Real grass produces copious amounts of oxygen and actively contributes to a healthy environment around us.

In addition to that, it also plays a vital part in terms of wildlife, providing a natural eco-system to many species of bugs and insects.

Replacing such a surface with a stand-in that doesn’t quite offer the same perks in terms of conservation can naturally have a negative effect on surrounding wildlife.

Experts often preach that the faux substitute is actually a hindrance to the environment and a lack of natural grassland can negatively affect the carbon levels in the atmosphere.

 

Health Benefits

In addition to producing oxygen and contributing to cleaner air, natural grass has also been found to have a positive effect on overall health and well-being.

Real garden grass can be particularly beneficial for stress reduction and considered by many to be a natural regulator of cortisol.

What’s more, the act of gardening itself is also commonly cited as a stress-reducer, while the physical activity involved also provides a great form of low-intensity exercise.

Meanwhile, getting out in the open provides you with exposure to Vitamin D for a myriad of health benefits of its own.

 

Fake Grass vs Real Grass: The Verdict

When weighing up which option is best for you, it really does depend a lot on personal preference and individual needs.

When it comes to upkeep, there is no denying that artificial grass wins every time; however, maintenance isn’t the be-all, end-all.

After all, a stuffed animal doesn’t require any upkeep and still looks the part but it’s unlikely to be a preferred option to a living, breathing pet.

Real grass has real character and personality that the uniform perfection of artificial grass lacks. What’s more, there’s nothing stopping you from achieving a pristine looking lawn with the real thing…

 

If you’re looking to get your garden in tip-top condition, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online using the button below and request a FREE garden survey today.

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As Tom Jones once said, it’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. However, in practice, maintaining such green grass can be quite a task – after all, it’s not unusual.

In pursuit of garden greatness, gardeners nationwide are constantly battling against a myriad of horticultural headaches, from weeds to waterlogging and everything in between.

Luckily, help is at hand!

Keep your lawn as green as can be with these top tips designed to keep your grass in tip-top condition, all year round.

 

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Best Green Grass Tips

Maintaining a gorgeous garden is a year-round endeavour. Follow these seasonal steps to keep you grass a healthy green, whatever the weather.

 

Early Spring

Early spring is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its time to shine over the summer months ahead.

During this period, take time to aerate your grass by piercing shallow holes across your lawn with a garden fork.

This will loosen the soil and allow oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots, promoting healthier grass growth.

For the greenest surface, remove any moss present by using a moss killer. Once the moss killer has taken effect, scarify your lawn to remove any dead moss and thatch to prevent lawn disease.

Finally, pull up any visibly noticeable weeds and reseed any areas that are bare, taking time to loosen the topsoil first.

Overseeding can also encourage denser grass growth, limiting room between the blades and preventing weeds from surfacing.

 

Late Spring

As spring comes to a close, your lawn should begin to take shape and grass will soon rise to the occasion.

Begin to mow your lawn regularly during this time, ensuring you only trim around 20% of the grass at any one time.

While scalping your lawn may logically translate to fewer cuts, cutting more than 50% of the blade length can damage your grass and cause stunted root growth.

Gradually lower the height of your mower until you reach the desired grass length. You can leave the short clipping on the lawn as a natural fertiliser.

 

Summer

With grass now at the height of its growth, your main priority during the summer is to stay on top of your grass with regular mowing.

It’s important to make sure your mower blades remain sharp over the summer as blunt blades can tear the grass rather than cut it. This can add stress to the grass, causing the tips to turn yellow.

Much like the springtime, avoid cutting your grass too short. While grass growth will be quicker, taller lawns naturally appear greener. Longer grass is also usually healthier and will help shade out weeds.

The hot, drier weather can cause your grass to become dehydrated. Avoid a thirsty garden by making sure you water your lawn after every cut, encouraging growth and recovery.

 

Autumn

As grass growth begins to slow down in line with the change of season, you should cut back on your mowing… no pun intended.

Allowing your grass to grow during this time will help it to recover from wear and tear of the summer, while it can also allow it to gain some height for the winter period ahead.

Aerating the lawn during this period can also repair areas of grass that have been worn over the course of the summer.

Finally, treat your garden with a slow-release autumn fertiliser to keep your green grass protected as temperatures drop and help your lawn endure the colder weather.

 

To get your garden on the fast track to a greener pasture, why not call in the experts? Call Lawn & Weed Expert today on 0800 111 4958 for more information on our lawn care services and tips for green grass or click the button below for a FREE lawn survey.

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If you own horses or are involved in the day-to-day running of a paddock, you’re probably aware of the dangers of ragwort. If not, it’s about time you became aware – it can be fatal!

In the UK, the most common form of horse poisoning is due to ragwort ingestion. As such, it’s one perilous plant you won’t want to have on your land.

Find out about the dangers of ragwort and, more importantly, how to protect your horses from this deadly weed now as we get to the root of the problem in this blog.

 

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Ragwort and Horses

Also known as Senecio jacobea, ragwort is a common weed that crops up from early spring, characterised by bright yellow flowers with ragged edges.

Ragwort to horses is like chocolate to dogs: ragwort is toxic to horses and can have a quick and debilitating effect on a horse’s health.

The results of ragwort poisoning in horses can be spotted early due to weight loss, even if the horse is eating normally.

Ragwort attacks the horse’s liver and can cause the horse to go blind if not treated. This can eventually result in collapse and even death.

What’s more, under the Animal Welfare Act, landowners can face hefty fines and even imprisonment if they allow ragwort to grow on grazing areas.

 

Ragwort Spraying

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we can keep your land clear of ragwort efficiently and effectively, helping you to keep your horses fit and healthy.

Our comprehensive weed spraying service doesn’t just eradicate the visible portion of the weed, we tackle the weed right down to the ground and beyond.

Using specialist weed control products that aren’t readily available to the general public, our team of weed removal experts are fully equipped to handle any ragwort worries you may have.

Better still, our treatment methods can not only kill and remove the ragwort from your property, but it can also improve the quality of the grazing area, controlling other weeds at the same time, leaving your just grass and clover for a hearty horsey mealtime.

What are you waiting for? Eliminate your ragwort problem today and give your horses fifty shades of graze that won’t leave you having a mare.

 

For more information on ragwort control and equestrian paddock spraying, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to request a FREE survey today!

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