Have you ever seen a gorgeous pattern on a lawn or pitch and wondered just how people manage to create them? Yeah, us too! Seeing a person's lawn with beautifully cut stripes is enough to make the whole street filled with envy, but you don't have to wonder anymore and it's pretty easy to do. Here is Lawn & Weed Expert's guide to getting stripes in your lawn. 

stripes on lawn

The stripes that you see on lawns are simply a result of light reflecting off the grass blades in a particular direction. One row of grass will be facing away from you whilst the other is facing towards you in a lush, uniform fashion that makes your lawn fabulously stand out.

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moss in lawns

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

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robot lawn mower

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

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

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Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we are often asked by both our clients and homeowners why mushrooms sometimes grow on their lawn. We understand that as a homeowner who may not have any knowledge of mushrooms, a sudden outbreak may be cause for concern, however, the professionals at Lawn & Weed Expert are here to tell you it is not! To learn more about mushroom and why they grow on your lawn, read on.   

Why Are There Mushrooms on My Lawn

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If you're a homeowner who likes to spend your time in the garden, you'll know how much effort it can take to get your lawn up to scratch. You'll know that achieving a lush, green grass doesn't just happen, it takes time, care, attention and the use of proper, effective tools. None more so than the right lawn mower.

To the average person, a lawn mower is a lawn mower, but for anyone who knows anything about gardening or lawn care, you'll know that the right lawn mower can make all the difference when it comes to getting the grass of your dreams (seriously, some people dream of it). And with so many types of mower available, it can cause quite the headache when deciding which is best for you but no more! Lawn & Weed Expert are here to help with our definitive guide on the different types of lawn mower, so you can decide for yourself which is best suited for you, helping you on your path to achieving the grass you've always wanted. 

Types of Lawn Mower

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Back garden with lawn

Gardens sell houses - at least, that's what new research from Rightmove says.

As a general rule, properties with gardens have always been worth more than those without, but this is truer than ever right now. Thanks to the events of the past few months, demand for outdoor space has soared to an unprecedented high.

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Garden soil

If you want to make the best possible use of your back garden, it's worth getting to know your soil. While all soils may look alike to the untrained eye, there are actually several different types, and the quality of the soil in your garden can have a big impact on what kind of plants will flourish there.

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How Your Garden Can Improve Your Mental Health

Given the current climate and the fact that we are all spending a lot more time in our homes, for some, it can become quite a difficult period. Normal day-to-day routines that help with managing mental health such as going to work and taking part in sport are thrown out of the window as we are advised to undertake a life of confinement. This can lead to a range of issues such as heightened depression and anxiety.

One way that these problems can be dealt with without ever leaving your home (kind of), is to spend some time in your garden or partaking in gardening activities. Gardens can be full of wildlife, nature and are great for the environment, while gardening has a long and connected history to both science and medicine.

In this blog, we take a closer look at how we can make the most out of both gardens and gardening to improve our mental health.

 

Bring gardening into your everyday life

Over the years, there have been several studies conducted that examine the benefits that being in gardens and green spaces can bring. These have shown positive correlations with improved social, physical and mental health. A particular study from Growing Health, a national scheme set up by the charity Garden Organic and the membership organisation Sustain, found that by simply viewing a green space, such as your garden, through a window can help you to relax and reduce stress levels. Other evidence also confirmed that the physical activity of gardening can improve your mental wellbeing, which leads us to our next point.

It's common knowledge that exercise is good for, no matter what form it may come in. The NHS considers exercise essential to living a healthy and fulfilling life and it's been medically proven that individuals who participate in regular physical activity have up to 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. However, less is known in the role that gardening plays in helping to keep you fit and healthy. Did you know that the number of calories burnt from 30 minutes of gardening can be compared to playing volleyball or practicing yoga?

 

Find health and happiness 

The benefits of being in your garden, of course, run far deeper than just exercise. A report from King's Fund on the health benefits of gardening were found to be broad and diverse, with studies displaying significant decreases in both depression and anxiety and enhanced social functioning.

Evidence suggests that there are two main modes of attention; focused and fascination. Focused attention is what we use whilst we are at work, whereas fascination is what we use whilst we participate in hobbies. In this theory, an abundance of focused attention can result in stress, where fascination then plays a part in bringing our attention back and alleviating the anxious feeling we get when we are placed under pressure or feel like we can't cope.

Whilst all of this research is crucial to understanding why we are inclined to find gardening therapeutic, it's fairly straightforward to think of the reasons why gardening can improve mental health. Whether it's an opportunity to be social, to get out of the house or to simply learn a new skill.

 

Going out in your garden

Now, with all of the uncertainty that is going on around the world right now, you may be wondering if you're able to even go out in your garden whilst self-isolating. In short, yes. Just because you're advised to stay inside, doesn't mean you can't venture out into your garden and start gardening. We recently published a blog on the various things you can get up to whilst self-isolating at home and spending time in your garden. To find out more, you can read here.

If you feel a little daunting or overwhelmed by gardening, why not start off with an indoor houseplant first? Having a houseplant can help to make you feel calm as well as adding a natural aesthetic to your home. Most houseplants are fairly low maintenance, making it easy to learn how to look after them. There are lots of guides and advice that you can find about gardening for the first time, so start with some small and manageable and before you know it, you'd have learned quite a bit!

There are a lot of ways that you can begin to incorporate gardening and plants into your daily routine. Whether you suffer from mental health issues, know someone who does or simply want to enhance your wellbeing, there is a garden out there for all.

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Dog in the back garden

In an effort to the slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the British government is currently telling people to practise 'social distancing'. That means:

  • Minimising unnecessary face-to-face contact
  • Working from home if possible
  • Avoiding large gatherings
  • Staying at least 6 feet (approximately 2 metres) from others

To make things harder for the virus, a lot of people - including many who are not infected - have been 'self-isolating': staying indoors and not leaving the house except to buy essentials like food and medicine.

But while limiting your contact with the rest of the population is a necessary sacrifice right now, keeping yourself cooped up for days on end can be a lonely experience and a real drain on your mental health - especially if you're used to going out and socialising every day.

However, just because you're staying at home doesn't necessarily mean you need to stay indoors - you're unlikely to catch or pass on the virus in your own back garden. Today (20th March 2020) is the first day of spring, and if you are self-isolating right now, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to get more out of your outdoor space.

Here are some ideas...

 

Give your garden a little TLC

Is there a job that you've been putting off for months? Perhaps you've been meaning to prune that hydrangea bush or repaint the fence, but you haven't gotten around to it yet?

Well, it's springtime now - the weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and thanks to the coronavirus, you may well have an unprecedented amount of free time on your hands at the moment.

So now's the time to work your way down that list of garden jobs that you've been avoiding for goodness knows how long. Not only will your garden look nicer by the time you're done, you'll also have had a lot of fresh air and exercise that you'd have missed out on had you spent the afternoon watching TV.

 

Try something new

If you've only ever used your back garden for sunbathing and the occasional barbecue, now might be a good time to branch out a bit. Planting flowers is a simple pleasure, and it's always very rewarding when those colourful blossoms begin to appear.

Better yet, why not take this opportunity to start growing your own food? Read our When to Plant Fruit & Veg blog for some top tips!

 

All work and no play...

But you don't have to use every waking minute of your self-imposed isolation productively. If planting tomatoes and pulling up weeds sounds too much like hard work, why not use your back garden to add a bit of variety to your leisure time?

Especially if you have children, playing or exercising in the garden is a great way to break up the day - plus it's important to go outside every so often in order to keep your vitamin D levels up. It's important to stay healthy even when you're stuck at home!

If the grass in your garden has seen better days, our lawn care services may be just the thing to revive your outdoor space and make your time at home a little easier to enjoy!

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