Turf over flower bed - before and after

The Lawn & Weed Expert team were in Bridgend last week. A customer of ours wanted to get rid of the empty flower bed at the edge of their garden, so we filled it in with soil and turf.

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healty lawn, hollow tine aeration

As lawn care experts, we know that aeration plays a crucial role in keeping lawns oxygenated and preventing waterlogging. There are two main types of aeration that you can use to keep your lawn looking healthy. 

  • Hollow-tine aeration
  • Fracture-tine aeration

What is aeration? 

A quick reminder of what aeration is and why it's important. Aeration is a lawn treatment where the top layer of the soil is perforated with something sharp. this allows nutrients to penetrate deeper, allows surface water to drain away, and breaks apart compacted soil. It can even help to break up surface thatch on your lawn.

Over time, regular aeration can help to improve the overall quality and density of your lawn as well as preventing some lawn diseases - so don't forget to do it!

 aeration

Hollow-tine aeration

This type of aeration is the most common and involves removing hundreds of 'cores' from your soil using (as the name suggests) a hollow tube. 

We always recommend that you leave the lawn plugs on the surface of the lawn to decompose and eventually filter back into the soil. We'd also recommend that you apply fertiliser to your soil straight away after you aerate your lawn this way.

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Fracture-tine aeration

Where hollow-tine aeration pulls plugs directly out of the soil, fracture-tine aeration uses blades to cut tiny slits into the surface of the grass.

The tines act like tiny spades and fracture the soil allowing air to penetrate under the surface. No soil plugs are removed during this process, leaving less mess on your lawn.

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If you have any more questions about hollow tine or fracture tine aeration, or if you'd like to arrange an aeration service, give us a call on 0800 111 4958.

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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Now, when you hear the word fungus, you automatically think of something terrible that will cause problems for either you or the thing that it's growing on. While that may be true in some cases, in others, fungi can actually be beneficial. 

Traditionally, fungi have been lumped into the same category as bacteria and other small plants without leaves, stems and roots, but over time we have learned that fungi are in a category all by themselves and there are many different types that you are likely to come across in your garden.

Want to know which ones? Read on to find out more!

Garden Fungus

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If you've had a tree cut down on your property, maybe because it was ruining the picturesque view from the living room window or maybe it was a little too close to the driveway, chances are that you have now been left with a stump in its place.

For sure this may have removed one problem that you had but it now presents another, what do you do with the stump? Well, if you're stuck scratching your head at what you can possibly do with a tree stump on your lawn, we're here to help!

Read on to find out some creative ways that you can make use out of your tree stump.

Tree stump

 

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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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Clay soil

As we explained in our blog post about the different types of soil, clay soils are made up of very small particles that are prone to clumping together.

Clay soil has a number of benefits and drawbacks, so let's take a look at both the good and the bad, then we'll explain how you can improve the quality of the soil in your garden.

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Sandy soil is made up of large soil particles that don't stick together very well. It has a gritty texture, and is especially common in coastal regions.

Sandy soil

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

As with all types of soil, sandy soil has both its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's start with the positive stuff...

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Did you know that since the turn of the century, the number of hedgehogs in the UK has fallen by nearly 50 per cent!? A 2018 report found that the population of hedgehogs in England, Wales and Scotland is now at one million, in comparison to three million in the 1950s. That is a drastic fall in such a short amount of time but it's not too late to start making a difference. 

There are a number of things that you can (and can't do) in order to make your garden a safe haven for hedgehogs where they can come, relax and hopefully reproduce in safety to get the numbers back on the up! 

Here we will outline some of these things you can do to create a hedgehog-friendly space and help the cute, spiky creatures around your neighbourhood. 

hedgehog in garden

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Bonfire Night (5th November) is fast approaching, and with large gatherings still prohibited due to COVID-19, you may be wondering whether you're allowed to build a bonfire in your back garden in lieu of attending a public Guy Fawkes celebration.

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