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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Small garden lawn

Even if you have a relatively small garden, it's still important to keep your lawn in tip-top condition. Maybe even more important; 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 a small lawn, making matters even simpler! Read on to discover our top 5 lawn care tips for a small garden.

 

Small Lawn Care Tips

When it comes to small garden lawns, there are a number of ways to get the most out of it without breaking the bank or 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 and is the second lawn care tip we have for your small garden!

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 sidestep 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 type of 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, it's 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. So, ensuring you have the right type of grass is the lawn care tip for your small garden.

Shape up

Shaping your garden into a designated area can be a great way to separate the grass from the perimeter, providing a 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 practical 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 or bricked border if desired; however, this can eat up valuable space.

And there we have it, our top lawn care tips for small gardens! Be sure to try and test out any of the above recommendations to keep your small patch of lawn in check and looking good all year round.

For more information on lawn maintenance and keeping your small garden looking its best, call Lawn & Weed Expert 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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Red thread disease is one of the most common fungal lawn diseases in the UK.

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

 Red thread disease

Red thread lawn disease (photograph by Kris Lord)

If your lawn looks like the photo above, you're in the right place. This page is dedicated to all things red thread - including how to get rid of it.

 

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 notice your lawn becoming patchy in areas, with grass turning reddish-brown in colour.

In some cases, red thread 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 disease?

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

Red thread can easily develop in moist, humid conditions and is more likely to rear its reddish head during times of hot yet damp weather.

Poorly-aerated turf that's 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!

 

The biology of red thread lawn disease

The thread-like structures found with red thread disease, also known as stromata, can survive on leaf debris and in the soil for up two years. The spread of the disease is caused by airborne or waterborne spores or on contaminated shoes and tools. Prolonged dampness on leaves is required for red thread disease to occur, so is most likely to be an issue during wet summers and heavy dews in autumn.

Red thread lawn disease is commonly produced on turf which is poorly aerated and deficient in nitrogen. Even if nitrogen is applied, heavy showers may wash it down below the root zone of the turf, particularly on light soils. 

The fungus does not affect the root system of the grass and recovery may happen after a few days or weeks, even without remedial action. Persistent patches of red thread disease may require careful attention.  

 

Red thread lawn treatment

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 shreds, 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.

For more information on red thread disease and our range of garden treatments, why not give us a call today on 0800 111 4958? Alternatively, feel free to request a FREE garden survey using the button below and let us take an expert look at your garden today!

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