what does lawn feed do

The secret to a healthy body, a luscious head of hair and continued good health is in the types of food that we eat. The same principle applies to your lawn! Grass that's malnourished will appear dull and lifeless, that's why it's so important that you think about your lawn feed carefully.

There are lots of different lawn feeds on the market and it might take a bit of trial and error before you find one that seems to tick all the boxes for your lawn. You might find that you're spending a lot of money on lawn feed and not seeing the results you hoped for. 

When applied correctly, lawn feed will help your grass stay healthy, luscious and green all year round!


Choosing the right lawn feed

Unless you have a good understanding of chemistry, you might struggle to differentiate between one type of lawn feed and another. Some lawn feeds are rich in nitrates, others are formulated with moss-killing chemicals and some are more acidic than others.

So, how do you decide which lawn feed is most suitable for your lawn? It's all about finding the right balance of these three elements: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

Read More: Types of Lawn Fertiliser - What's the Right Choice for Your Lawn?


Best time to feed your lawn

Like all living organisms, lawns require regular feeding. Your lawn is exposed to the weather all year round, so you should adjust your feeding regime to suit different seasons. 

Your lawn's requirements in summer when the temperature is hot and the air is dry are going to a be a lot different than your lawn's requirements in autumn/winter when the temperature drops and things become a bit boggy! The best way to remember what to feed your lawn and when is to set up a calendar or reminder (you could even do this on your phone!)

Take a look at our lawn feeding tips for different seasons here: Lawn Feeding Tips - When To Feed Your Lawn


What happens if I use too much lawn feed?

Going back to our original analogy, overindulging in food (particularly the wrong kinds of food) is seriously going to have a knock-on effect for your body. Over-eating has all kinds of nasty side effects like; weight gain, breakouts, diabetes... the list goes on!

Surprise surprise, overfeeding your lawn isn't going to do it any favours. One of the most common side effects of overfeeding is called Lawn Fertiliser Burn. It causes horrible brow, dry patches in your lawn and can be quite difficult to correct. That's why we recommend sticking to a routine and making sure you've chosen lawn feed that does the right things for your lawn.


Get lawn feed that does the right things, first time!

It turns out that understanding what lawn feed does, choosing the right one and using it properly is a fine art. We understand that most homeowners don't have time to research different chemicals, nevermind stick to a gruelling lawn feed regime. 

That's why we offer a professional lawn fertiliser service! Our lawn technicians have been working with high-quality lawn fertiliser that isn't available in shops or garden centres for years. They have a really great understanding of different lawn types and their needs, which makes it easy for us to find a lawn feed that does the right things for you.

Professional Lawn Fertiliser Services >

If you have any questions about lawn fertiliser, or if you'd like to arrange a FREE lawn survey, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at - sales@lawnweedexpert.co.uk.

plan lawn care schedule 2021

So, we've made it! The end of 2020 is finally in sight. It's been a strange old year, but we're looking forward to seeing what 2021 has to offer. If you'll be spending more time at home in 2021, we're sure you'll be keen to get your garden looking its best for spring/summer!

The key to a healthy, green lawn all year round is to plan your lawn care in advance. Since we're about to start a new year, now is the perfect time to sit down and create your schedule. A bit of forward-thinking now will save you a lot of hassle in the future, so, here are our top tips for planning your 2021 lawn care schedule.

The first few months of the year

The first few months of the year are always cold, damp and sometimes snowy! That's because New Year falls in the middle of the winter lawn care period. This is a particularly challenging time for your lawn, so once you've slept off your New Year's day hangover, it's time to turn your attention to your garden. 

The three main jobs you need to do are:

  • Clearing fallen leaves
  • Aerating to prevent waterlogging
  • Fertilising to put nutrients back into the soil

Winter Lawn Care >

When spring arrives

You'll be pleased to know that once the bleakness of winter passes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel - springtime! This is probably your lawn's favourite time of year because there's more sunlight and more nutrients available to sustain a rapid period of growth.

It's also a lovely time to be out in the garden, flowers start to bloom and garden visitors like birds and butterflies start to emerge. For your spring lawn care, the jobs you need to do are:

  • Pest control 
  • Mowing at least once a week
  • Top Dressing to improve the quality of your soil
  • Overseeding to improve the density of the grass
  • Aerating to loosen soil and allow nutrients to penetrate deeper
  • Scarifying to remove moss and thatch
  • Removing weeds

Spring Lawn Care >

Summer 2021

Summer might seem a long way away now, but it will creep up on us very quickly. Again, having a lawn care schedule prepared for this period will help you stay on top of your garden maintenance. If we're lucky, summer will bring lots of sunshine. This can, however, put extra strain on your lawn.

During particularly hot summers, your lawn might experience a drought, so it's important you look after it by:

  • Mowing
  • Watering
  • Eradicating pests

Summer Lawn Care >

Transitioning into autumn

Once summer is over, we'll be back into the autumn months where the days get shorter, colder and things in the garden start to die back. It's normal for your lawn to look a little lacklustre through the autumn and winter months, but there are things you can do to make sure it looks fresh and healthy again in the spring. 

We'd recommend planning in the following jobs:

  • Mowing on a longer setting so you don't take too much length off
  • Overseeding to strengthen grass
  • Aerating to relieve surface water, autumn is often the wettest time of year!
  • Moss control
  • Disease protection to prevent red thread, mould and other diseases developing in your lawn

Autumn Lawn Care >

Our pre-prepared lawn care schedule

To see a Lawn Care Schedule that we prepared earlier, click the button below. You can print a copy of this infographic off to stick on your fridge if you don't want to create your own personal schedule.

Another great way to keep track of your lawn care is to put some reminders in your 2021 diary so you'll know which jobs need doing when!

Our Lawn Care Schedule >

Hopefully this blog will help you plan your lawn care schedule for 2021. As always, if you need any advice, or if you'd like us to take charge of your lawn care treatments in 2021, give us a call on 0800 111 4958.

Now, when you hear the word fungus, you automatically think of something terrible that will cause problems for either you or the thing that it's growing on. While that may be true in some cases, in others, fungi can actually be beneficial. 

Traditionally, fungi have been lumped into the same category as bacteria and other small plants without leaves, stems and roots, but over time we have learned that fungi are in a category all by themselves and there are many different types that you are likely to come across in your garden.

Want to know which ones? Read on to find out more!

Garden Fungus


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A brief history of lawns

Hundreds of years ago, lawns were used as green communal spaces to graze livestock, so it was very rare for a household to have a lawn of its own. Lawns grew in popularity amongst European aristocrats during the Middle Ages because the conditions were good for growing grass. They scarcely appeared in other countries or cultures around the world until they became influenced by Western culture. 


For those of you who don't know, moss is that furry green stuff that you often see growing on the side of trees. Now, this can make forests and woods look pretty and natural but when it starts to grow on your lawn, it can become a bit of a nightmare. 

You spend months of the year caring for your lawn, growing your grass to become this thick, green piece of beauty and then all of a sudden you wake up one day to find moss covering a whole section. Not something you particularly want to be seeing. 

So, how does moss appear and what can be done to prevent it? The professionals here at Lawn & Weed Expert are here to help! Read on to find out more...


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