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