If you want to add a touch of sparkle to your garden, why not consider adding some creative lawn edging? Don't let that extra space around the perimeter of your garden go to waste, there are so many different ways you can utilise it and get creative. We've come up with a selection of lawn edging ideas to spark your imagination. 

Natural Rocks

To give your garden a rustic feel, you could add a selection of natural rocks as edging around your lawn. Whether you choose large natural stone blocks or smaller pebbles to create your border you can rest assured that your new lawn border will look great against the soft green grass of your lawn.

You can find large pieces of natural stone from a local building supplier, and bags of pebbles in your local hardware store. Use a contrasting coloured mulch underneath the stones for a striking look. 

Wooden Sleepers

If you want to create a bold statement in your garden, why not upcycle some planks of wood to create your lawn edging? Creating straight lines in natural materials like wood draw the eye without distracting from the beauty of your garden. Some people find wood is a far more aesthetically pleasing option when compared to manmade materials like concrete or bricks can contrast with your lawn in a way that's not always appealing.

When choosing wood for your garden edging, we recommend Redwood and Cedar because they won't rot over time. However, you could use large wooden logs, pallets or any spare wood that you like.

Flower Beds

A simple flower bed with an array of your favourite flowers can really bring your lawn edging to life. Create a simple border around the perimeter of your lawn, fill the edging with soil and mulch and plant flowers and plants to your heart's content. During the spring and summer months, this multicoloured lawn edging spectacle will fill your garden with a wonderful floral aroma and will look wonderful against your luscious green grass. 

Adding lovely lawn edging is all well and good, but if your lawn is not looking its best, your efforts will be for nothing! To keep your lawn looking its best, get in touch with the Lawn and Weed Expert team.

Eco-Friendly Lawn

With the new year and new decade upon us, many homeowners are taking the time to reflect on their lifestyles and make some positive changes - both for themselves and for the environment.

There's been much talk of climate change and humanity's impact on the environment in recent years (thanks in no small part to young activists like Greta Thunberg) so it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to go green. Lately, we're seeing loads solar panels on roofs, electric cars on the road, and smart meters being used to measure energy usage - in all these ways and more besides, we're paying increasingly close attention to how our actions affect the world around us.

But did you know that the way you treat your lawn can also have an impact on the environment! No? Well, it can. Here are five tips that you can follow for a more eco-friendly lawn:

  1. Rainwater Irrigation – The next time you water your lawn, consider the ways in which you can conserve water. Now, we’re not talking about stopping watering your lawn completely or reducing the amount of time you spend watering your lawn, but maybe using rainwater instead. Since the UK has more than enough rainfall throughout the year, it’s more than likely that your lawn gets its fair share of watering, but throughout the summer when we do go through weeks (and sometimes months) of dry spells, it can be extremely useful to use rainwater to water your lawn rather than your property’s water system. You can gather rainwater and store it in drums for future use. All that is required is to catch the water as it flows out of your gutter downspouts and use an electric pump to create enough water pressure to power your very own irrigation system!

  1. Install a no-mow lawnMowing the lawn can sometimes be an arduous and time-consuming task, especially if the weather isn’t favourable. In this case, the last place you want to be is outside, with grass flying all over the place. So, how can you avoid this problem? Install a no-mow lawn! There are several grassalternatives that you can install that require no mowing at all, such as astroturf. Not only are you avoiding the actual task of mowing, you are also reducing the amount of energy that you use. Another great way that you can do this is by hardscaping. Instead of having grass, why not build a desert or rock scene? Hardscaping requires no maintenance at all, and your energy usage will decrease dramatically.

  1. Use eco-friendly lawn care equipment – To reduce their impact on the environment, many people choose to ditch their cars and walk (or maybe cycle). The same can be done with your lawn care equipment! You know that big, gas-guzzling lawn mower that you have stored away in the shed? Well, why not replace it with an electric one? You can find both corded and cordless lawn equipment at any home department retailer. Despite not performing as well as gas-powered tools, battery-powered tools are a great option due to their portability, and this is where you’ll make the most difference in your quest to create an eco-friendly lawn.

  1. Using biopesticides – Historically, insecticides have been used as a form of lawn insect control. However, research has shown that these have an adverse effect on the animals that come into contact with them e.g. causing reproductive ailments in birds such as thinner eggshells. An example of manmade chemical improving the quality of life for humans at the expense of the wider environment. A fantastic alternative that can be used are biopesticides, a chemical that is growing in popularity due to its controlling of insects rather than killing. Here, only targeted insects are affected with no adverse effects on other animals.

  1. Properly disposing of lawn waste – Disposing of garden waste correctly is another great way that you can help the environment with an eco-friendly lawn. Mulch and compost are garden wastes that have been organically broken down and recycled by Mother Nature, but you need to lend a helping hand in the process. The first and easiest thing that you can do is to mulch whilst you mow. This can be done by using a mulching blade on your mower. The second way you can help is by bagging clippings for disposal and the third is by composting. Composting recycles organic materials to be spread back into the earth for nutritional purposes.

 

And there you have it! Five great ways to make your lawn more eco-friendly. If you have any other queries or your lawn needs some professional care, please get in touch with the Lawn and Weed Expert team today.

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While it's commonly believed that grass stops growing during the winter months due to cold weather, this is actually a misconception.

During mild spells, grass does actually continue growing in winter (albeit at a far slower rate than usual). As such, neglecting your lawn during this time can be a regrettable oversight.

Lawn in winter

Winter is Coming

Keeping your grass healthy and keeping moss at bay should be your top priorities in winter. (Promoting grass growth takes a back seat.)

During this time, it's vital to keep an eye on two things in particular:

  • Nitrogen levels
  • Iron levels

In order to keep your lawn as healthy as possible during the winter months, nitrogen levels need to be very low and iron levels need to be very high.

High nitrogen levels over winter can lead to lawn disease and leave the lawn susceptible to pests, while a deficiency in iron can be detrimental in terms of grass colour and turf strength.

 

How Can I Give My Lawn Enough Iron?

Many gardeners opt for lawn sand during the winter months as the go-to remedy for repelling moss and boosting lawn health; however, it's worth keeping an eye on the content of your lawn sand of choice.

It's not unusual for pre-made lawn sand mixtures to contain a pitiful amount of iron. As such, in order to provide enough iron to really benefit the grass, you will need to use a lot - unfortunately, this will also increase the nitrogen levels.

To avoid such a catch 22, it's worth either shopping around for lawn sand with a higher iron content than nitrogen, or making your own winter lawn fertiliser.

The latter option can be particularly handy and cost-effective, since you can make as much as you need and know exactly what has gone into making it, including the nutrient levels.

 

Winter Fertilisers

If you do happen to go down the ready-made route and shop for your winter lawn fertiliser, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

When shopping for winter lawn fertiliser, the label should include three letters (N, P and K). These represent the chemical elements of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium.

A good winter grass fertiliser should include higher levels of phosphate and potassium to encourage root growth and strengthen the lawn under the soil.

Meanwhile, any decent winter lawn fertiliser should also have a lower level of nitrogen to discourage rapid grass growth during this time.

 

Professional Winter Lawn Treatment

If the prospect of treating your lawn during the winter seems somewhat daunting, why not give us a call and let us work our wintry magic?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, our winter lawn treatment is specifically designed to keep your lawn in tip-top condition throughout the cold season and banish lawn moss from whence it came.

Our team of lawn care specialists are fully equipped with knowledge, experience and tools for the task at hand, and are all ready, willing and able to give your lawn a healthy dose of TLC this winter.

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

muddy lawn in winter

 

Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

For more winter garden tips or for professional garden services this winter, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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christmas decorations in the garden

 

When it comes to garnishing your house with yuletide trimmings and festive cheer, there are few artistic additions that make a seasonal statement quite like outdoor Christmas decorations.

From homely holly wreaths gloriously gracing the front door to stunning icicle lights majestically hanging from your roof, bringing the Christmas spirit to you outside space can be hugely effective.

But what about the garden itself? What’s the best way to inject some holiday glee it your outdoor plot? Well ponder no more, people!

Lawn & Weed Expert is taking a break from treating grass and tackling turf to bring you a sackful of seasonal tips to turn your garden into a winter wonderland.

 

 

Christmas Garden Decorations

If you’re looking to bring your garden to life with Christmas spirit this yuletide, look no further than these festive suggestions to add some seasonal magic to your outside space.

 

outdoor christmas decorations

Pathway Lights

Placed either side of your garden path, festive pathway lights create a wonderfully wintry channel that leads all the way up to your front door.

These lights come in a variety of designs; however, our personal favourite is the Christmas tree design, complete with LED lights.

Each pathway light comes with a metal spike on the bottom, allowing them to be rooted securely in the grassy ground beneath.

Meanwhile, if your path doesn’t feature a surface suitable for piercing, you can create the same effect by filling plant pots with soil and placing them either side of your path.

Available as a set of four at Argos.

 

outdoor christmas decorations

Snowflake Projector

Hanging Christmas lights from your rooftop can be an arduous and lengthy task. Worse still, it will also require equally arduous and lengthy removal come January.

A great way to avoid these chores yet still reap the radiant rewards of the season is to invest in a stunning snowflake projector for your garden.

These simple to use outdoor illuminators allow you to beam snowflake patterns directly on to your house, creating the ultimate festive visual.

Effortlessly achieved, simple installed and equally simple to pack down, these plug and play additions never fail to make a fantastic wintry impression.

Browse these festive projectors and more online at The Range.

 

wooden sledge

Vintage Appeal

You don’t need to take the high-tech route to festivise your front lawn. In fact, going old-school can bring a classic feel of authenticity to your outdoor design.

Why not add some retro flair to your festive decorations by accessorising your outside space with vintage wintry items?

Something as simple as placing an old wooden sledge against the wall by your front door can really bring a sense of Christmas class to your outdoor design.

Why not wrap your sledge in a festive garland or even add a wreath to enhance its classic appeal and really bring this throwback feature to life?

A variety of vintage sledges can be found at Connox.

 

christmas garden decorations

Acrylic Additions

A Christmas classic that’s becoming increasingly popular across the nation with every passing year, acrylic ornaments shaped like your favourite festive animals have become a staple of outside yuletide design.

From jolly snowmen to prancing reindeer, the range of designs isn’t short on variety. You can just as easily pick up a prowling polar bear, a family of penguins or even a sparkling unicorn!

With an innate ability to brighten up any outdoor space and bring a smile to even the biggest of Scrooges, these glowing garden additions are the perfect complement to any Christmas garden design.

For a variety of outdoor acrylic decorations, check out Homebase.

 

For more festive ways to decorate your garden this Christmas, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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