There's nothing worse than heading out to your garden on a hot summers day to relax on your lush, green lawn and finding it full of weeds! Okay, maybe there is, but we do know how annoying it can be when this does happen. Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by removing all of the weeds and bringing your turf's health back to tip-top shape. There's no need to worry, however, Lawn & Weed Expert is here to help make this whole process as quick and easy a possible. 

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In order to successfully remove weeds from your property, it helps to have an understanding of how the weed killer you use actually works. But first, you will need to know what type of weed killer you are using. These are often categorised into the following types; selective, non-selective, systematic and contact weed killers. Before using any type of weed killer, be sure to research exactly what type it is and whether it not it is suitable for your specific gardening needs. Oh and also ensure you read any directions given to you by the manufacturer in order to gain maximum effectiveness. 

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Dandelion weed

As we've discussed previously (see What Makes a Plant a Weed?), there's no hard and fast rule to say which plants are weeds and which aren't. The word 'weed' can refer to any plant that's growing in a place where it isn't wanted.

Of course, some plants make weeds of themselves more often than others - see our list of common UK garden weeds for some of the most widespread examples.

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Lawn weeds are a year-round nuisance, but they can be particularly pesky in the summertime. Long, warm days create ideal growing conditions for many varieties of weed, and periods of drought can limit your lawn's ability to compete with other plants.

Lawn with bindweed

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Here are some common UK lawn weeds that tend to flower during the summer:

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What is a weed? Put simply, it's a plant that's not wanted. There's no formal definition of what counts as a weed - it's not like the RHS website has a handy list of which plants are weeds and which plants aren't. Some plants that are considered weeds in one environment may be considered desirable elsewhere.

Common characteristics of weeds include:

  • Aggressive growth and reproduction
  • Growing in a place other than its natural habitat
  • Ability to flourish despite inhospitable conditions
  • Seeds that can lay dormant in the soil for a long time

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Daisies in grass

Daisies can be quite pretty, can't they? Many people enjoy picking them to making daisy chains, and the thought of walking barefoot through a meadow of daisies on a sunny day is a rather appealing one.

The RHS website even advises gardeners to think twice and "decide if you really want to combat these plants". But pretty or not, the common English daisy (Bellis perennis) is still a weed, and if you've got daisies in your garden, they're competing with your lawn for essential moisture and nourishment.

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Dandelions

Dandelions are a very common sight in British gardens, parks and fields. They are characterised by their bright yellow flowers, which eventually mature into 'dandelion clocks' - those fluffy seed heads that fly away when you blow on them.

The sunny yellow dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) might seem harmless enough, but it's still a weed, and a frustratingly resilient weed at that. If you have dandelions on your lawn, they may be robbing your grass of vital nutrients and moisture. So it's important to get rid of them in order to keep your lawn as healthy as possible.

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Morning dew on a spring lawn

Spring has finally sprung! After winter, spring is a time of rapid growth for your lawn. The additional water and higher temperatures mean you will need to take extra steps to help your lawn make the most of these conditions and heal itself after the winter.

But getting your lawn ready for spring doesn't have to be a hassle! Our specialist spring lawn treatment will make sure your lawn receives all the nutrients it needs to looks its best for the months ahead.

Here are some basic tips to help you prepare your lawn for springtime...

 

Overseeding

Spring is the perfect time for encouraging new growth to ensure your lawn retains its texture and health. By planting more seeds than usual, grass will grow back thicker and improve the overall 'vigour' of your lawn. This is also perfect for repairing a lawn that has flooded as a result of the extreme weather that has hit the UK recently.

We recommend overseeding your lawn every three years in the springtime to keep your grass looking its best. Remember: wait until temperatures get a little bit milder! Germination (seeds beginning to grow) happens at around 8 °C, so you want to wait until the ground is warm enough to allow the seeds to sprout.

 

Spring Moss Treatment

Wet weather can cause moss to appear on damp and poorly-drained lawns. Spring brings rapid growth for grasses, and it's an ideal time to address any moss problems that may have arisen in your garden. After the wettest February on record according to the Met Office, a spring lawn treatment is essential if you want to get your lawn ready for spring and combat potential moss issues. A specialised moss treatment will help your lawn's vigour and encourage healthy grass growth during those April showers.

 

Feeding Your Lawn for Spring

A long, wet winter may give lawns the moisture to grow, but food is also essential for healthy growth and sustaining your lawn's health. Use a specialist fertiliser to make sure your lawn has ample nutrients to grow. A spring lawn treatment will give you a greener and healthier lawn for the upcoming warmer months and will provide the nutrients your lawn needs to keep growing throughout the season.

 

Spring Weed Control

Unfortunately, it's not just grass that grows in spring. The weather at this time of year may encourage common weeds such as dandelions, buttercups and daisies, especially if your lawn is not as strong as it could be. If you're looking to reduce the appearance of these spring weeds, our spring lawn treatments include liquid herbicides to reduce and control common weeds. Not only do we tackle visible weeds, our weed control service can also tackle conditions that promote weed growth, eliminating the need for more expensive treatments later.

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While it’s commonly believed that grass stops growing during the winter months due to the adverse weather conditions and drop in temperature, this is actually a misconception.

During mild spells, grass does actually grow, albeit at a far slower rate than usual. As such, neglecting your lawn during this time can be a regrettable and avoidable oversight.

 

flower in winter

 

Winter is Coming

Over the winter months, promoting grass growth takes a backseat in terms of importance as maintaining healthy grass and keeping moss at bay becomes the overriding priority.

During this time, it’s vital to keep an eye on two things, in particular, namely the nitrogen levels and the iron levels.

In order to keep your lawn as healthy as can be during the winter cold, 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.

 

Iron Thrown

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 which will, in turn increase the nitrogen levels.

To avoid such a catch 22, it’s worth either, A. Shopping around for lawn sand with a higher iron content than nitrogen, or B. Making your own.

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

 

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 effectively treating your lawn during the winter is somewhat of a daunting task, why not give us a call and let us work our wintry magic?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, our winter lawn treatment methods are 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.

 

For additional advice on winter grass fertiliser or to find out more about our winter lawn treatment services, 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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Commercial weed removal

With over 20 years of experience in the lawncare trade, Lawn & Weed Expert isn’t just a fancy brand name – it’s a moniker we take great pride in reinforcing, time after time after time.

In our effort to provide the ultimate weed removal service, we don’t just eradicate weeds from private homes and residential properties, we also provide weed removal services for commercial properties too.

 

Commercial Property Weeds

Weeds don’t discriminate and are just as likely to hit commercial properties as they are your back garden. From nettles to algae and everything in between, unsightly weeds and undergrowth can be a real eyesore.

For commercial properties, this can be of particular importance and be the difference between attracting and repelling passing customers. After all, if a company has low standards of appearance, what does that say about its quality of service?

Meanwhile, large plots of land attached to or associated with commercial premises can also be subject to weeds and cause issues as a result. For example, company car parks overrun by weeds not only reduce space but also pose potential hazards, in addition to looking aesthetically awful.

Luckily, LWE offers a bespoke weed removal service that’s tailored for you and your commercial property – designed to send weeds packing and keep your property looking inviting and appealing to the public from season to season.

 

What is Commercial Weed Removal?

Much like a residential property, commercial weed removal is a simple process with one goal in mind – a weedless scenery.

From the first point of contact, our team of experts will visit your commercial property to provide an initial assessment of the premises.

From there, we will be able to outline the suggested course of action and subsequently provide time scales and quotes for the service required.

Naturally, this assessment and resultant diagnosis can vary depending on the size of the land and extent of the weed coverage.

Once agreed, our team will get to work on removing your weeds and returning your plot back to its former weed-free glory.

 

Commercial Weed Removal with LWE

With a bit of TLC from LWE, our weed removal services have the ability to breathe a second lease of life into your commercial property

We currently offer our extensive range of commercial weed removal in Cardiff, Swansea and the wider areas around South Wales and have helped a range of commercial customers achieve a flawless finish.

Previous clientele has included a variety of high-profile brands, including the likes of car giants, BMW. In fact, we’ve helped a number of notable showrooms achieve a flawless forecourt to house their awesome autos.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to own a branded showroom full of quality cars to reap the rewards of commercial weed removal. We’ve also supplied our services to a number of business centres across South Wales, helping keep the workplace looking professional and weed-free.

 

If you manage or own a commercial property in the South Wales region, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 to request a FREE survey or drop us a line using the link below.

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