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Keeping your lawn in tip-top condition can be a tough task for any working man or woman, whether you’re nine to five or otherwise.

When it comes to the fast-paced lifestyle of 21st-century living, downtime is often in scarce supply and the garden can often find itself bottom of the priority list.

Luckily, for the good folks of the Sully area, help is at hand and that hand comes fully equipped with some seriously green fingers!

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For many of us, lawn grass is simply that – grass. However, did you know that not all grass is created equal?

In fact, once you get to the root of the matter, there are actually a wide variety of lawn enforcers involved in this turf war, most of which come attached to an endearingly silly name.

Join us as we kick down that "KEEP OFF THE GRASS" sign and take a stroll through the meadows to explore some of the UK's most common grass types.

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Different types of lawn grass in the UK

There are actually a wide range of grass species out there beneath your feet, whether you’re teeing off at the golf course, taking a penalty on the football pitch, or sipping a gin in your back garden.

Knowing which surface is right for your property can be a tough task, so it’s important to know what’s what before you’re left out in the weeds.

Here are four of the most common types of lawn grass in the UK:

Dwarf Ryegrass

Ryegrass is the most common grass type in both the UK and the US. This is primarily due to the fact that it’s both fast-growing and highly resistant, with particularly good recovery powers. Naturally, this transatlantic popularity has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it’s also cheaper than anything else by a considerable margin…

That being said, ryegrass is undoubtedly an effective lawn surface; however, due to its rapid growth qualities, it does require regular mowing. This can necessitate two cuts per week during peak periods, while it also needs a lot of fertilising throughout the year to keep it on top form.

Annual Meadowgrass

Often viewed as a hybrid weed grass for its ability to infiltrate soil without an invite, meadowgrass is another common grass type found on both sides of the Atlantic. However, unlike its cost-effective cousin, this top turf has found popularity not because of its price but due to its sheer adaptability and ability to thrive in a whole host of different terrains.

Annual meadowgrass has shallow yet dense roots, allowing them to grow virtually anywhere. Sadly, its resilience doesn’t match its versatility, and the lifespan of meadowgrass is far from impressive. Meadowgrass can become very weak in wintertime and even die out altogether (hence “annual” meadowgrass).

This somewhat high-maintenance characteristic makes it more common amongst lawns that are continually cared for. As such, annual meadowgrass is a preferred favourite amongst golf courses and bowling greens, and is a regularly found in cultivated turf.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue

The slimline sibling of traditional red fescue, the aptly named slender creeping red fescue is another favoured choice amongst groundskeepers of the bowling green/golf course community. It’s also found in most lawn mixes for its two-fold qualities of aesthetic appeal and durable practicality.

Creeping red fescue survives well in dry and shady conditions, requiring less maintenance than most grass types in the UK. It also takes hold relatively quickly, making it a great grass choice for those starting a new lawn from scratch.

Common Brown-Top Bent

Common bent (also known as brown-top bent) is – as the name suggests – extremely common in the UK, especially in moorlands and wasteland areas.

While it’s capable of growing on most soil types from sand to clay, common bent is most common on soils with poor acidity, requiring relatively low-maintenance. That being said, it’s also capable of withstanding close mowing, making it another top candidate for bowling and golf greens.

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Which grass is best for my garden?

With such a variety of lawn surfaces to choose from, finding the right one for your garden can be a daunting task, especially for those new to the gardening game.

To turf or not to turf? If not, sow what? So many questions!

Don’t lay miserably; lay down the lawn with the help of Lawn & Weed Expert!

Call 0800 111 4958 to speak with one our lawn care specialists today, or click the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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When it comes to keeping one's lawn healthy, serious gardeners will know how important it is to stay on top of things and keep the grass well maintained.

That being said, even if you’re not an avid gardener, it doesn’t take Alan Titchmarsh to run the mower over the lawn to keep your garden from becoming a jungle.

After all, when the sun’s got its hat on, the garden can be a really great place to enjoy some downtime, whether you’re kicking a ball around with the kids or simply kicking back with a beer or two.

However, Mother Nature does have a habit of throwing a green-handled spanner in the works from time to time. From a lawn care perspective, this can often come in the form of grass fungus and lawn disease.

Know your enemy and keep your garden from falling foul of fungus with this handy guide to the most common lawn diseases in the UK.

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Common types of grass fungus

Grass fungus can ruin a lawn almost beyond repair, so it's important to know what you're looking for. Here are three of the worst offenders to look out for in your garden:

Lawn Rust

As the name suggests, this bothersome blemish can leave an unsightly copper-brown stain on your beautiful green lawn, making it look more like military camouflage than the viridescent showroom shade of old. Worse still, lawn rust can often spread wildly due to the high volume of spore coverage.

Like any rustable element, the best way to avoid rust is to stay active. Actively keeping your lawn well-maintained throughout the year will help keep rust at bay, so be sure to remove excess thatch and keep your lawn well fertilised. However, take care to avoid fertilisers rich in nitrogen as this can have an adverse effect.

Lawn rust thrives on stressed, unhealthy grass and is especially common during summer periods of drought. As such, it’s important to take particular care during the summer months, when hot weather and reduced rainfall can have a significant impact.

If lawn rust has already hooked its coppery claws into your grass, it can be difficult to remove, even with the aid of an all-purpose fungicide. Patience is a virtue and, in this case, you’re just going to have to be very virtuous – it will go in time, so be prepared to ride out the storm.

Red Thread

Clawing its way into your garden as early as late springtime, this summery fungus is a bit like acne for your lawn. Red thread causes patches of pale, reddish pink to appear in blotchy spots across your garden.

Incredibly common in the UK, red thread is often mistaken for drought. However, it actually thrives in mild, damp conditions.

To avoid an invasion from the dreaded thread of red, ensure your garden has an efficient drainage system. Scarification to remove excess thatch can also help prevent red thread, while evening watering should also be avoided.

If you are too late for preventative measures, fungicide is a wise course of action. While this won’t cure existing patches, it will help to stop them in their tracks, allowing healthy green grass to grow back in its place. Iron sulphate can help give your lawn a fighting chance of recovery, while also helping to avoid a rematch.

Snow Mould

The troublesome twin of red thread, snow mould is the autumn/winter equivalent of its spring/summer sibling. Named for its penchant for growth under snow cover, snow mould is characterised by yellowy rings, often accompanied by a slimy white covering that can resemble cobwebs.

Healthy lawns can fight back, whereas a weaker surface may be vulnerable to attack. A well-fertilised lawn, rich in nutrients, will stand the best chance of fending off this frost-loving fiend, while iron sulphate is once again an iron-clad prevention method that’s well worth using.

As with red thread, prevention is better than cure, so scarification and drainage are your best allies here. If you are too late and snow mould has already taken hold, fungicide is again the best defence. Remove dead grass and reseed if necessary, taking care to take the aforementioned preventative steps in future to avoid a relapse.

Top tips for removing grass fungus

Aside from the the usual suspects listed above, grass fungus can come in many forms and strike at various times of the year in a variety of conditions. That being said, like any living organism, a lawn that’s healthy and strong stands the best chance of fighting off these disruptive diseases.

As the old saying goes, defence is the best form of attack, so keep your guard up all year round by effectively maintaining your lawn. Removal of thatch via scarification is a great way to avoid a fungal fright, as is fertilisation.

Be sure to keep an eye on your lawn, scarify when necessary, and ensure it's well fertilised from season to season. Iron sulphate is a great all-purpose fungus deterrent that’s effective on a variety of common fungi, so don’t be afraid to give your lawn a visit from the Iron Man to lay down the law on your lawn.

So there you have it: a handful of top tips to keep your lawn fungus free. For more info on how to maintain your lawn, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert today!

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So, you’ve changed your money, your passport is safely packed, and the dog is already raising hell at your sister’s house – everything is ready for your holiday!

Everything, that is, except your garden.

Often overshadowed by getaway fever, the back garden tends to be quite a long way down the list of priorities when holiday time rolls around. Naturally, the excitement of the trip takes over and the state of your lawn typically falls off the radar, overlooked in favour of packing and pre-journey anticipation.

That being said, for those with green fingers, gardens are a big deal and seeing all your hard work undone by a week in the sun can be heartbreaking.

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case! In this blog, we take a look at some top tips for looking after your garden while you're away on holiday.

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Lawn feeding tips

Much like a growing child, a Christmas turkey or a prize marrow at the county fayre, success in the garden can often come down to a solid feeding regime  - particularly when it comes to growing a luscious lawn.

A nutritious diet is key to healthy growth for virtually all living organisms, and that includes the grass in your back garden. Neglecting to feed your lawn is a good way to turn the grass brown.

Don't force your lawn into a horticultural Hunger Games - keep it looking good with these lawn feeding tips from the pros here at Lawn & Weed Expert.

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