Using lawn fertiliser is a great way to keep your grass looking healthy and robust, but moderation is key - after all, it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Overdoing the fertiliser can give your lawn a scorched appearance, like this:

Lawn fertiliser burn

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Protecting lawn from digging dog

It's great having dogs - they're great company, they're always happy to see you, and if you can keep them still for long enough to take a photo, they're great for getting a few extra likes on Instagram.

But it can be difficult to keep your lawn in peak condition when you share your home with one or more canine friends. We discussed in a previous blog post the problems that pet urine can cause in the garden - today, we're going to look at how to protect your lawn from a dog who won't stop digging!


Why does my dog keep digging up the lawn?

Your dog may be digging holes for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Animal instinct. Dogs sometimes dig holes in order to hide bones, toys and other items in the ground and keep other animals from taking them. Digging can also be part of a nesting instinct.

  • Stress / anxiety. Excessive digging may be a sign that your pooch is frustrated or anxious. Have a think and try to identify the source of their stress (e.g. loud noises, being left alone for long periods).

  • Heat. If the weather is too warm for your dog's liking, they may dig to expose cool soil and create a spot that's shaded from the sun.

  • Boredom. It may just be that your dog is bored and trying to make their own entertainment!

Here's a hint: look at where your dog is digging, and this may give you some clues as to why they're digging. Does your pet repeatedly dig up the same spot? Do they tend to dig at the perimeter of your garden (as if trying to escape), or do you find holes all over your lawn in seemingly random places?


Tips to stop your dog from digging in the garden

If you're tired of finding holes in your lawn and you want to put an stop to your dog's digging habit, there are several different approaches that you can try. Here are some suggestions:

  • Supervise your dog while they're in the garden. If you're used to letting your dog loose in the garden while you do something else, it may be time to start keeping a closer eye on them. Go out in the garden with your pet, and if they start trying to dig, stop them with a firm 'no'.

  • Give your dog somewhere else to dig. If you have a sandpit or an empty patch of soil on your property, encourage your dog to dig there instead of ruining your immaculate lawn. Why not bury your dog's toys and let Fido unearth them?

  • Take your dog somewhere else to exercise. Running around on the lawn shouldn't be your pet's only source of exercise. Visit your local park or take a daily walk around the block - this will give your lawn a bit of a break and hopefully make your dog less inclined to mess it up!

  • Make sure you're spending plenty of time with your dog. If you're not making enough time for your friend, this may be contributing to their compulsion to dig. Don't neglect your dog - be sure to show them lots of affection and spend plenty of time playing with them.

  • Distract your dog with chew toys and other playthings. A good chew toy or a raw bone can keep a dog occupied for a surprisingly long time. If you're giving your dog plenty to do in their leisure time, this will give them fewer opportunities to start digging again.

If your dog has left your lawn looking less than its best, Lawn & Weed Expert can help. Get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert to arrange your FREE lawn care survey.

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Grassy lawn in springtime

Keeping your lawn neat and tidy can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, but it's a job worth doing if you want to make the most out of your outdoor space.

Now that spring has arrived, you'll likely be spending a lot more time in the garden - so now is the perfect time to brush up on your lawn maintenance knowledge!

If you want your lawn to look its best, here are 10 things to put on your springtime to-do list...


1. Get rid of weeds

Weeds can spoil your lawn's appearance and rob your grass of all-important moisture and nutrients. No matter how diligent you are with your lawn maintenance routine, it will all be for naught if you allow weeds to grow unchecked!

There are all sorts of anti-weed products available in shops, but very often, these commercial weedkillers only provide a short-term solution. The important thing is to address the conditions that allowed the weeds to appear in the first place; to that end, it may be best to hire a professional weed control specialist who uses broad-spectrum systemic herbicides that aren't available to the general public.

READ MORE: Our Weed Control Service


2. Clear your lawn of moss and thatch

Moss and thatch can seriously stymie your lawn's ability to grow. We recommend applying moss control products, followed by a round of scarification two or three weeks later.

Scarification involves pulling dead moss and thatch out of your lawn with a rake or a specially-designed scarification machine. It's important to apply moss killer first - if you don't, scarification may spread moss spores around and intensify your lawn's moss problem.

READ MORE: When to Scarify Your Lawn


3. Improve your lawn's drainage

'Drainage' means how quickly water disappears from your lawn, for example after a rain shower. Poor drainage can keep your lawn waterlogged for ages after the rain's stopped, and this is bad news for the health of your grass.

There are a number of ways to improve drainage, from aeration (see tip 5 below) to digging a series of trenches in your lawn. If you need help with this, we recommend reading our blog on how to prevent waterlogging.

READ MORE: Dealing with a Waterlogged Lawn


4. Mow your lawn regularly

Mowing is a crucial part of any lawn maintenance schedule. You should try to mow at least once a week (and twice in the summertime, since warm and sunny weather will make your grass grow faster).

Don't cut your grass shorter than an inch and a half. When mowing, remember the one-third rule: never cut off more than a third of your grass's height in a single mowing session.

READ MORE: Lawn Mowing Tips


5. Combat soil compaction by aerating

The more you walk on your lawn, the more the soil will become compacted (pushed together). Heavy rain can also accelerate compaction.

Heavily-compacted soil makes it harder for moisture and oxygen to reach the roots of your grass, so it's important to aerate your lawn every few years by 'spiking' holes into the soil. This can be done using a garden fork, but we use professional aeration machines to loosen your garden soil - it's far more efficient!

READ MORE: Our Soil Aeration Service


6. Consider top-dressing your lawn

Top-dressing is the practice of adding nutrients to your lawn to improve the quality of the soil over time. This can be particularly beneficial if you live in an area with clay-heavy soil or thin, sandy soil.

Top-dressing isn't a 'one and done' type of job; to achieve the best possible results, several layers must be applied over a period of time. If done properly, this will gradually change the properties of your soil and create better growing conditions for your grass.

READ MORE: Our Top-Dressing Service


7. Overseed sparse patches

If your lawn has several thinned-out patches of unhealthy-looking grass, overseeding may be the key to improving its appearance. This is the practice of adding new grass seeds to a lawn to replace dead grass and restore lost thickness.

We recommend overseeding your lawn every three years or so as part of a longer-term lawn maintenance programme. For optimum results, do this after scarifying, aerating and top-dressing your lawn as described above.

READ MORE: What is Overseeding?


8. Make sure your lawn gets plenty of water

It's not really necessary to water your lawn as long as the grass is getting plenty of moisture from frequent rain showers. However, since spring is here and another hot, dry summer is no doubt on its way, you may soon have to put a bit of work in yourself to compensate for the reduced rainfall.

We recommend a heavy watering once or twice a week. Don't water too often, as this will encourage the roots of your grass to stay near the surface of the soil, making your lawn weaker and diminishing its drought resistance.

READ MORE: Lawn Watering Tips


9. Keep your lawn well fed

You'll find lots of lawn fertiliser products in your local supermarket. A spring lawn feed needs to be rich in nutrients to give your lawn everything it needs for a period of vigorous, accelerated growth.

Again, it may a good idea to call a professional in to administer a specially-chosen spring lawn feed and make sure your lawn is well prepared for the months ahead.

READ MORE: Our Spring Lawn Treatment


10. Tidy up the edges

Finally, if you're keen to make your lawn look as neat as possible, you may want to use a pair of long-handled shears to cut around the perimeter of your lawn and make sure the grass isn't growing into your borders.

If you'd rather leave your lawn maintenance to the professionals, we at Lawn & Weed Expert can help! Give us a call on 0800 111 4958 or email today.

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We recently had the pleasure of laying a new lawn for a customer in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan.

Here's a photo of what the finished lawn looked like:

Turf laying is just one of the many professional services we offer here at Lawn & Weed Expert. This garden in Rhoose now looks as good as new, and its appearance will only improve as the new grass grows in.

If your lawn needs a new lease of life, we can help - get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert today!

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If you take pride in your garden and lawn, the damage that birds cause can be a real nightmare. So, why are the birds attacking your lawn in the first place? The answer is... insects!

Hungry birds love to forage for food and lawns usually harbour some tasty treats like chafer grubs and leatherjackets. Essentially, your lawn looks like a 5-star restaurant to every jay, magpie or blackbird that flies by.

By pecking holes in your lawn, the local birds are able to get their beaks into the soil and claim their squirmy snack. Of course, over time, these holes start to build up and can cause long-lasting damage to your grass. So if you need to deal with birds digging up your lawn, here's what to do...

Treating the Infestation

Stopping birds from digging up your lawn is fairly easy. Cut off their food source and they'll have no reason to lunch on your lawn anymore! Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we offer a range of pest control services that will help eradicate the problem quickly. Select one of our pest services below to learn more:

Other Problems

If you leave your infestation un-treated, you'll end up dealing with a myriad of problems related to these pests. Chafer grubs and leatherjackets are known for eating the roots of your lawn just under the surface of the soil. This can cause brown patches to start appearing and, in worst-case scenarios, some areas of lawn might come away from the ground completely.

Worse still, an untreated infestation of pests might start to attract bigger predators that can cause significant damage to your lawn. Foxes and badgers will happily feast on lawn grubs and will dig deep into the soil to retrieve the tasty grubs. 

With this in mind, if you suspect you have an infestation of insects, give us a call now! We can survey your lawn FREE of charge, helping you to determine the best course of action to stop birds digging up the lawn. 

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