what happens if grass gets too long

Tackling long grass can be a real challenge! When your grass grows past a certain length, you'll struggle to trim it with your normal lawnmower, in fact, trying to cut long grass with a lawnmower can cause some serious damage. So what happens if your grass gets too long? And what can you do to tackle it without destroying your lawn or lawnmower?  Let's find out...

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Lawns have been popular among British homeowners for well over a century (read our blog on the history of lawns to learn how this happened). But the hectic pace of modern life can sometimes make it difficult to give one's lawn the care and attention it requires, and so a lot of people are now swapping the green, green grass of home for paving slabs and other hard landscaping materials that require relatively little upkeep.

Grass vs paving

Grass photo from Pixabay; paving photo from PrimaPorcelain.

If you're thinking of doing up your garden, you may be torn between the all-natural appeal of grass and the relative convenience of paving stones. To help you make up your mind, here are some pros and cons of both lawns and patios...

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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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