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 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 or click the button below for a FREE lawn survey.

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Has your garden goten a little out of hand? Perhaps you've been away on holiday for a few months, suffered an injury that's kept you indoors or you're sorting out the home of a relative who's passed away? Whatever the reason, if you can no longer see the wood for the trees in the garden overgrowth, it's time to consider a complete garden clearance. 

Wild Weeds

It's safe to say that, given the opportunity, weeds will appear in almost any place. Between the cracks in your paving, scaling the walls of your home and in amongst the grass - they really can survive just about anywhere. Even if you're a keen gardener, you'll know that tackling weeds is a constant struggle, so it's no surprise that an unkempt garden is likely to be inundated with weeds. Fear not, part of our garden clearance service is treating the wild weeds. Find out more about our weed control service here:

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Forest of Fungus

The longer a garden is neglected, the higher the chances that a serious fungus problem will develop! Dark areas of wild undergrowth and a bit of surface moisture create the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive, and why some wild mushrooms can be rather pretty, some can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you have pets! As part of our garden clearance service, we will locate, identify and irradicate any fungal friends lurking in your lawn. 

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Infestation Eradication 

For a complete garden clearance, we can eradicate any unwanted pests that have popped up amongst the overgrowth. Whether a nest of ants, a cluster of chafer grubs, an army of moles or a swarm of insects have made their way into your garden, we will make sure that every last one is removed during your garden clearance. This gives you garden the best chances of recovering fully. Say bye-bye to molehills, ant nests and chafer grubs for good!

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Our garden clearance service is an excellent option if you want a fresh start with your neglected garden, and will put you on the right path towards a glorious garden.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a garden that needs clearing and we will do our best to accommodate you! Call us on 0800 111 4958 or fill in our enquiry form today:

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Have you been peering out of your window and noticing that your lawn isn’t really growing and is starting to look… a little bit brown and sad?

Perhaps it’s time you treated your lawn to our lawn scarification service! Lawn scarification is a great way to remove moss and thatch that has developed over the surface of your lawn, allowing fresh, green grass to grow through!

One of our clients, a loyal customer for many years now, recently asked us to carry out our lawn scarification service on her lawn. She was really pleased with the service we provided and even answered a few questions about her experience. Keep reading to see what she thought…

Why did you choose Lawn & Weed Expert?

We have been using Lawn & Weed Expert for many years.  We are happy with their service and find them to be very reliable and great value for money.

What problems were you experiencing before you had your lawn scarified?

There was a lot of dead moss in the lawn which was brown and unsightly and was stopping new grass from growing through.

What was the scarification process like? Did it take long?

It took one to two hours and was no hassle at all.  All the dead moss was put into the garden waste wheelie bin and we put that out on the next collection.

Was the scarification service successful? How does your lawn look now?

The scarification service was thorough and very successful.  I cannot see any dead moss in the lawn now.  It did not take long for the grass to recover and for the new seeds to grow through because we also had it re-seeded.  I would say it only took three to four weeks for the lawn to look normal again.

Would you recommend Lawn & Weed Expert’s scarification service to others?

Yes, I would recommend the scarification service!

We are so pleased that our scarification service lived up to our lovely client’s expectations! Our scarification service works wonders for lack-lustre lawns. Want to enquire about our lawn scarification service? Click the button below to find out more!

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Garden lawns require a decent amount of water in order to boast healthy, green grass. However, as the old saying goes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

This is definitely the case when it comes to lawn water and waterlogging can be a serious issue. Luckily, we have a few tips up our sleeve to help get your lawn out of deep water.

 

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Effects of rain damage to lawns

When it comes to the effects of too much water on your lawn, problems with too much rain range from waterlogging to weed growth.

Here’s are few of the most common problems that can put a serious dampener on your soggy grass.

 

Weak grass

Heavy rainfall can dilute the soil, washing away much of the nourishing nutrients the grass needs. This can result in stunted roots and weak, frail grass that struggles to grow.

 

Dead roots

When water fills the gaps in the soil, it blocks the roots’ air supply, effectively suffocating them. Not only can this damage the roots and stunt their growth, it can potentially kill them entirely over time.

 

Fungus

Excessive water can essentially drown the soil, causing the roots to rot. This can become a breeding ground for fungus, resulting in unsightly yellow grass and lawn disease.

 

Weeds

While torrential rainfall can damage healthy grass, it can have the opposite effect on weeds. If left, your lawn could see the tide turn over time as healthy grass makes way for unsightly weeds.

 

How to prevent rain damage

It’s often said that the best form of defence is a good attack. Why wait for rainfall to damage your lawn when you can take pre-emptive action and avoid it altogether?

Here’s a few top tips to keep your garden healthy, even in the event of an impromptu monsoon.

 

Let it breathe

Aerating the lawn can be a great way to improve drainage and aid the flow of oxygen to the roots. Pierce the affected surface liberally with a fork, taking time to gently wriggle one the spikes are in the ground. For particularly bad waterlogging, use a hollow tine aerator and fill the gaps with horticultural sharp sand to soak up the moisture to speed up the recovery process.

 

Traffic control

Walking on waterlogged grass can compact the soil and cause irreparable damage to the ground beneath, turning your lawn into a muddy swamp in no time. Avoid damaging your lawn by taking the age-old advice – stay off the grass!

 

Clear the gutters

A great preventative measure that often goes overlooked is the house guttering. Waterlogging can occur as a result of poor drainage and ensuring your actual drains are clear can help address that issue easily.

 

Fertilise

One of the best ways to help your lawn recover from bouts of heavy rainfall is to treat the surface with fertiliser. Wintertime often brings with it harsh weather, so efficient fertilisation during spring can make all the difference.

 

 

Professional Lawn Care from L&WE

While the above methods can be helpful in breathing life back into your lawn following a damaging spell of rain, perhaps the best course of action to really give your grass a fighting chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the experts.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we have the knowledge and experience to give your lacklustre lawn a real shot in the arm and nurse it back to health in no time.

Our team of trained professionals come equipped with specialist equipment not available to the general public. This, combined with our horticultural expertise, can help turn your backyard bog into a mean, green grass-kicking machine that can fight back from the worst waterlogging experience.

What’s more, we can not only restore your lawn back to its former glory, but we can make it perform better than it ever has – leaving you with a garden that not only looks radiant and bog-free but also fit and healthy for the future.

 

For more information on rain damage to lawns or to find out more about our lawncare services, call 0800 111 4958 now or click the button for a FREE lawn survey today.

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With summer now officially here, outdoor fun, garden play and general sunny shenanigans are immediately promoted up the list of evening and weekend activities.

As such, it’s time to turn our attention to the garden and, more specifically, prepping it for the impending summertime socials.

To ensure your garden has you walking on sunshine this summer and not trudging through sludge, soil aeration is a great place to start.

 

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What is soil aeration?

Compacted soil can hinder its absorption of vital nutrients needed for healthy growth and vitality. As such, soil aeration is a vital component when it comes to maintaining a healthy lawn.

Aeration methods help perforate the ground, providing better ventilation by loosening up the soil and reducing the soil density.

This allows for better access to oxygen, water and nutrients, providing a better opportunity for growth, enhancing drainage and boosting fertility.

Aeration also helps prevent lawn disease and the nutritional benefits of the spiking can help your lawn become stronger, with better-developed roots and a heightened drought tolerance.

 

Why aerate your lawn?

Most British gardens made up of silt, sand and loam soils will benefit greatly from occasional aeration; however, for clay soil, it can be a virtual pre-requisite.

Clay soil is easily compactible and notorious for its poor drainage. As such, aeration can make all the difference.

Footfall can naturally compact lawn soil, necessitating the need for aeration. For clay soil gardens, this footfall can be particularly traumatic and leave a literal lasting impression.

If you plan on having a herd of family and friends stampeding your lawn this summer, be sure to keep your lawn in fighting shape by strategic aeration throughout the year.

 

How to aerate your lawn

To aerate your lawn, use a fork to pierce holes into your grassy surface and gently rock back and forth to loosen the ground underneath.

Continue this process in a uniform fashion across the entire garden surface until you have covered your whole area of lawn.

You may want to make multiple passes over the most compacted areas of your lawn to ensure the problem areas have been effectively covered.

If a fork is unavailable, this process can also be achieved using a spade; however, a fork is preferable. For the best results, seek out a special lawn aerator – these are widely available in both step and roller form.

 

Professional Lawn Aeration Services

While you can aerate your own lawn to help keep your grass healthy, there’s nothing quite like a professional service to breathe some life back into your grass.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we offer comprehensive aeration and spiking services that are both effective and affordable.

Using professional equipment and expert knowledge, we can give your garden a shot in the proverbial arm that will keep it alive and kicking no matter you have planned for it this summer.

 

For more information on how to improve soil aeration and our professional lawn aeration services, drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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While undoubtedly cheaper in the short term, DIY gardening can indeed come at a hefty price in the long run.

How so? Poor garden maintenance and improper technique can see your lawn deteriorate before your very eyes, leading some tricky and troublesome problems.

But it doesn’t have to be that way – especially if you call in the pros!

Keep your green, green grass of home under control with a little help from the experts.

 

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DIY Hard

Whether it’s a blown lightbulb, a burst pipe or a broken oven, maintaining the home can be an expensive process and one that continues to rack up maintenance bills year after year.

The high cost of professional services often leads to homeowners to take the DIY approach; however, specialisms within the home often provide a limit to where you can go with base knowledge alone.

When you want a kitchen fitted, you call in a kitchen fitter; when you want an extension built, you call in a builder; even when it comes to cleaning, many Brits like to call in a cleaner to get their hands dirty. Yet, for some unknown reason, that same ethos rarely extends to the outdoors.

 

Benefits of a Professional Gardener

Gardening remains one of the key specialist tasks on a property that, more often than not, homeowners are happy to roll up their sleeves and give it a go themselves.

Either that, or they leave it go entirely and hope for the best. Either way, the result can be trouble for your home turf.

While it can save you money initially, cutting corners with DIY gardening can be costly. Here’s a few benefits of hiring lawn experts for your outside space.

 

Knowledge is Power

If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, trouble probably isn’t too far away. That ethos can be applied to most things in life and gardening is no exception.

From overzealous pruning and over-watering to poor fertilisation and lawn scalping, common mistakes of DIY gardening can lead to a myriad of issues down the line, including lawn disease and even dead grass.

They say pride comes before a fall, but it doesn’t have to. If you’re an amateur gardener with limited horticultural knowledge, save yourself the headaches and enlist the help of an expert.

 

Tools of the Trade

Shovels, hoses and lawn mowers aside, most modern homeowners are incredibly unequipped for the demands their gardens throw their way – and understandably so.

Good quality garden tools aren’t cheap and can take up a lot of space, requiring their own designated storage space when not in use (which also isn’t cheap). By the time you’ve spent out on tools and storage, you could have had the job done professionally!

What’s more, an expert will have a variety of professional equipment to hand for a range of garden eventualities, including many specialist items you likely won’t own yourself, from lawn aerators to scarification machines.

Save yourself the money on tools and storage by calling in an expert that already has the tools of the trade to hand.

 

Eye for Detail

Certain lawn afflictions can be hard to detect for the untrained eye, leaving the problem untreated and left to deteriorate further. This one of the most common problems with DIY lawn care.

Over time, this can lead to serious issues and not only ruin the look of your garden but also significantly damage its overall health as well.

A professional lawn expert will know exactly what he’s dealing with and be able to detect problems that would otherwise go unnoticed. If identified early enough, this can then be treated easily and effectively.

When it comes to lawn disease and bug infestations in particular, catching it early on can be crucial so this reason alone is well worth the investing in a pro.

 

No Off-Season

It’s common for amateur gardeners to spend a lot of time giving their lawn, plants and flowers a healthy dose of TLC during the spring and summer months. After all, the weather is inviting, it’s nice to be outdoors and that’s typically when plant and grass growth is at its highest.

Conversely, the colder winter months see the outdoor space far less utilised and far less loved. Who wants to be outdoors, tending to weeds in the cold wind and rain? A key perk of professional lawn care is that it keeps your garden in peak condition year-round, with specialist seasonal treatments specifically for the change in climate.

 

Wow Factor

For the house-proud homeowner, a presentable garden can really complete the appearance of your property. What’s more, it can also act as the perfect venue for social gatherings and barbeques when the weather is fine.

However, when it comes to creating a truly awesome aesthetic in your garden, no matter how good your gardening skills are, chances are, a pro could top your efforts handily.

With extensive knowledge of grass, plants and flowers, as well as the appropriate fertilisers and lawn care techniques for peak performance, professional attention can allow your garden to live up to its true potential.

Wow your friends and family, make your neighbours jealous and make the most of your outdoor space by enlisting the aid of a pro.

 

If you want your garden to live its best life, why not give the experts a call today? Call Lawn & Weed Expert now on 0800 111 4958 or hit the button below for a FREE lawn survey.

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Looking for affordable lawn care solutions in Cardiff. Look no further!

Based in South Wales, Lawn & Weed Expert offers the residents of Cardiff and the surrounding areas everything they could ever need in terms of lawn care solutions in Cardiff.

Whether you’re looking to breathe some life back into a dull fading surface or turf up your lawn with a radical revamp, L&WE are up for the challenge.

Backed by over 20 years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing Lawn care Cardiff can be proud of. Our wide range of services prove just that – read on and see for yourself!

 

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Seasonal Lawn Treatments

Lawns can be tricky to maintain from one season to the next, requiring a different approach that suits the weather, temperature and general climate.

Naturally, grass will grow far more rapidly in the spring and summer months than the autumn and winter, with the latter seeing very limited grass growth as the weather takes a dip.

As such, your lawn will need a lot of attention during the spring/summer, but that doesn’t mean your lawn doesn’t need some love come autumn/winter.

Luckily, here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we provide year-round lawn treatment tailored to your garden and specific to the season.

If you want to keep your lawn looking lush from season to season, call in the experts – the Lawn & Weed Experts!

 

Specialist Lawn Treatments

Within those seasonal services, we have a variety of specialist lawn treatments designed to keep your lawn looking great, as well as ensuring it stays healthy.

Here are a few of the services we offer:

 

Lawn Fertilisation

Professional fertilisation service, providing your lawn with professional care utilising specialist fertilisation products exclusively available to industry professionals.

Weed Control

Elite weed eradication and prevention service, removing the unsightly visible weeds as well as tackling the underlying issues and conditions that caused the growth.

Moss Control

Over-the-counter moss killers rarely tackle the cause of a moss issue. Our thorough and professional service an help eliminate moss and prevent it from returning at the same time.

Lawn Scarification

Our state-of-the-art scarification equipment can help prevent lawn disease and bolster the overall health of your garden surface, helping it stay vibrant all-year long.

Lawn Aeration

We use professional aeration machines to efficiently promote healthy airflow to your soil, providing it with the essential gases and moisture flow needed for healthy roots and grass growth.

Top Dressing

Effective application of top dressing can significantly improve growth and help optimise the properties of your existing soil, stimulating growth and enhancing drainage.

Turf Laying

Turfing over a new garden or revamping an existing one can be a great way to create an attractive garden. Get your garden off on the right foot with a professional finish that’s expertly done.

 

Other Lawn Treatments

But wait – there’s more!

In addition to all of that, we also offer a variety of grass care treatments should your grass fall foul to pest damage or lawn disease.

From red thread, grass fungus and yellow patches to ants, leatherjackets and mole infestations, we can radically eradicate your unsightly irritants in no time.

When it comes to lawn care, Cardiff and South Wales are in safe hands with the green fingers of Lawn & Weed Expert.

 

If you’re in need of lawn care in Cardiff or the surrounding areas of South Wales, why not get in touch today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to speak with one of our lawn care professionals instantly or click the button below get in touch and request a FREE lawn survey.

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If you happen to have a small garden, it’s important to keep your lawn in tip-top condition. After all, the smaller the space, the less room there is to hide imperfections.

An unkempt lawn can be very obvious in a modestly sized garden – that’s the bad news. The good news is that a confined space also means a smaller surface area to cover, making lawn maintenance considerably easier.

Better still, there are a few insider hacks for looking after your lawn in a small garden, making matters even simpler! Read on for the best lawn tips for a small garden.

 

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Tips for Lawns in Small Gardens

When it comes to small garden lawns, there are a number of ways to get the most out of it without A. breaking the bank or B. breaking your back. Here are our top tips to help your small garden lawn make a big impression.

 

Get some air

Aerating your lawn may be an alien concept to some British homeowners, yet it’s also one that’s well worth familiarising yourself with – especially if you own a small garden.

Small gardens are susceptible to waterlogging due to compacted soil. This can not only lead to unsightly boggy patches but can also cause your grass to wilt, yellow and potentially die if not treated. Luckily, the premature demise of your grass can be easily avoided by simple aeration.

But wait, “what is aeration?” we hear you ask.

Aeration is simply the act of ventilating your lawn and all that requires is a good old-fashioned forking! Simply drive a garden fork into your grass around 10cm deep and loosen the soil by rocking back and for. Repeat the process across the lawn for complete lawn aeration.

 

Path to glory

Tiles are a great way to make your garden look bigger. Call it an optical illusion, call it cheating, call it what you will – we call it effective.

Installing a winding footpath with garden paving slabs can break up your garden design, creating designated space for feature areas, e.g. flower beds, ponds or even storage. Meanwhile, using light-coloured tiles can also help make your garden seem more spacious.

Patches of grass that receive regular footfall are also more likely to display signs of wear and tear, often becoming bare over time. The addition of a footpath can help side step this unsightly eventuality and keep your garden green on the right path.

 

Be smart

For modest gardens, space is precious and every metre counts. Unfortunately, storage areas can take up a lot of that space. If your garden is already “fun-size” to begin with, a bulky shed could effectively monopolise your garden. Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 lawn points.

Luckily, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone (not that we condone bird violence in your garden). If you need an outdoor container to keep your garden bits and bobs, it’s well worth investing in space-saving storage.

Clever storage containers allow you to save space and increase the size of your lawn in the process. From benches that double up as storage chests to wall brackets for hanging your garden essentials, these ingenious solutions can extend your lawn considerably, giving your lawn more space to thrive.

 

Choose wisely

For many Brits, grass is grass – overlooked, undervalued and rarely given a second thought. However, choosing the right grass can make a big difference to your lawn, particularly if you have a small garden.

Small gardens are often situated in confined housing areas where lack of light and sun exposure can be an issue. If this sounds familiar, its important to opt for a grass seed that can handle the conditions.

Speciality grass mix is available on the market specifically aimed at shaded lawns with limited sun exposure. Similarly, there are also seed varieties that are tailor-made for certain soils, and even grass designed for surfaces that receive a lot of wear and tear.

 

Shape up

Shaping your garden into a designated area can be a great way to separate the grass from the perimeter, providing logical and aesthetically pleasing rim to your lawn. It can also present the perfect area for you to create a beautiful border with flowerbeds, hedges and plants.

Definition can not only make your lawn more attractive to look at from a presentation point of view, but it can also help from a practicality standpoint as well. Awkward slivers of grass can be tough to trim, so don’t feel the need to seed every square inch of your garden.

Garden shaping can be done simply by using a shovel or a half-moon edging spade to neatly trim the edges. This can instantly turn your lawn into a well-defined feature rather than an overlooked grassy base. Further definition can be achieved by adding a tiled border if desired; however, this can eat up valuable space.

 

For more information on lawn maintenance and keeping your lawn looking its best, feel free to drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, why not let our experts take a closer look? Request a FREE lawn survey today and find a solution that’s exclusive to you.

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While the name may not be a familiar term to many British garden owners, red thread disease is a well-known affliction within the gardening world.

In fact, it’s pretty notorious and is considered to be one of the most common fungal patch diseases in the UK.

As the name suggests, this unsightly ailment is characterised by a reddish tinge, particularly prevalent in humid conditions.

If that description has raised red thread flags in your mind, you’re in the right place. This page is dedicated to all things red thread – including how to get rid of it.

 

red thread disease targets moist grass

 

What does red thread disease look like?

As far as textbook definitions go, red thread is often described as pink mycelium clusters. Sadly, that description doesn’t translate well to most people walking the street, so it’s probably better described as patches of fuzzy red thread – hence the name!

If your lawn has been unlucky enough to succumb to the dreaded reddy threads of this fungal fiend, you may find your lawn is becoming patchy in areas, with grass turning reddish brown in colour.

In some cases, it can also be lighter in colour, with light pink patch grass forming; however, don’t let its delicate colour fool you – it can be a real eyesore that can spread and spoil your green garden in no time.

 

What causes red thread grass?

Red thread disease can occur at any time throughout the year; however, it’s most common during the latter summer months and early autumn.

The pinky problem can easily develop under moist, humid conditions and is more likely to rear its reddish head during times of hot yet damp weather.

Poorly aerated turf deficient in nitrogen is also the perfect platform for red thread to thrive. While it can affect a variety of grass lawns, red thread commonly affects red fescue, bentgrass and perennial ryegrass – three of the most common types of lawn grass in the UK.

Red thread can be easily spread through lawn mowing and transfer of spores through air and water. Meanwhile, red thread is also easily transported via contaminated tools or shoes, so be careful where you walk – don’t tread on the thread!

 

How do you treat red thread grass disease?

Luckily, red thread is a surface problem and doesn’t cause lasting damage to the roots beneath. As such, effective treatment can see your grass return to its natural green in a few weeks or even as little as just a few days’ time.

Chemical warfare

If you’re looking to rip your red thread to shred, the RHS recommends trifloxystrobin for red thread treatment. In the UK, this chemical can be found in many over-the-counter fungicide treatments, such as Bayer Garden.

While these treatments can be used year-round, over-use could lead to the fungus developing immunity to the chemical, so be sure not to use more than twice a year to be safe.

Non-chemical treatment

If you want to avoid using chemicals in your garden, applying nitrogen to the area can often suffice. However, this tactic isn’t without its risks either. Application of nitrogen after August can lead to further infection in the form of snow mould.

Wait and see

In some cases, red thread can disappear without treatment. That being said, if you’re concerned enough to be reading about it, chances are that your red thread issue may warrant a once over by some fungicide. After all, the best form of defence is attack, right?

 

How to prevent red thread disease

It’s often said that prevention is better than cure, so it’s wise to pick up a few tips on how to avoid red thread disease and ensure it doesn’t crop up again in the future.

Red thread disease can be avoided in a number of ways, most notably by ensuring your grass is well drained and aerated. Forking and scarifying your lawn surface can significantly reduce the risk of red thread, as can effective fertilisation to ensure it doesn’t become nitrogen deficient.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in all of these lawn care techniques and can effectively prevent/treat red thread in your garden both thoroughly and professionally.

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