artificial grass

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? In this blog, we take a closer look and see how artificial grass weighs up against vs real grass.

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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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 Garden clearance

Has your garden gotten 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, it may be time to consider a complete garden clearance.

Luckily for you, the professional team here at Lawn & Weed Expert provides thorough and effective garden clearance services that ensure the mess from your garden is taken away in the right way, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space right away!

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Treatments in our garden clearance service

 

Removing weeds from your garden

 

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It's safe to say that, given the opportunity, weeds will appear all over your garden. Between the cracks in your paving, scaling the walls of your home, 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, and a neglected garden is likely to be particularly inundated with weeds. Fear not - part of our garden clearance service is treating the wild weeds.

Learn all about how our professional weed control services can help with your garden clearance. 

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Treating garden fungus

Toadstools

The longer a garden is left to its own devices, 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 while some wild mushrooms can be rather pretty, others can be incredibly dangerous - especially if you have pets! As part of our garden clearance service, we will locate, identify and eradicate any fungal friends lurking in your lawn.

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Garden pest control

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As part of our comprehensive garden clearance service, 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, our garden clearance specialists will be sure to send them packing. This gives your garden the best chance of a full recovery.

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

If you have a garden that needs clearing, or would like to learn more about the steps involved in organising our garden clearance services, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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beautiful lawn in the sunshine

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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