• Leaves On The Lawn

    November 13, 2017 | Blog

    Don't forgot to blow or remove the leaves from your lawn during the winter months. There are sound reasons removing leaves off your lawn relating to the health of the lawn and not just to make it look neat and tidy. 1. Lawns need to "breathe." A layer of leaves left on the lawn can smother the lawn. 2. Leaving a layer of leaves on the lawn can invite pests and disease such as Fusarium (Snow Mould). 3. Water, nutrients and air flow can be obstructed by the layer of leaves thereby reducing any goodness getting into the root zone. 4. If they become well matted down they can [...]

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    By the month of November you will usually be doing your last few scheduled cuts of the year, clearing leaves and ensuring your lawn is winterized with a good moss control. When I say last few cuts really this will depend on the weather. The last few years have been unseasonably mild and the growing period has gone into December. Grass doesn't actually stop growing during the winter months but is much slower and therefore needs less mowing. On a dry day just take the tops off the grass to keep it in check. You can do this simply by raising your mower blade a little higher than usual. If you [...]

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    Lawn Aeration This month is an excellent month to get to grips with aerating your lawn. Much misunderstood and very much neglected, this is one of the best procedures to carry out on your lawn. It's been said before but I'll say it again...gardeners the world over love to hoe the soil around plants to de-compact the soil and allow movement of air and nutrients in the ground (it also improves the appearance of the borders too may I add). When it comes to lawns though, we don't seem to give it the same sort of attention. Ok, I'm not saying we should be aerating weekly or fortnightly necessarily[...]

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    After a nightmare few months of trying to get my blog post page back up and running, I've finally managed it. With the lawn care season under way please check back here for the latest news, views and advice to keep your lawn in shape.

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    Attack of the Crane Fly

    In the local news you'll probably have seen the headlines of a massive Crane Fly Population about to attack. The Formby Bubble let us know that close to 200 billion of the little critters will be making an appearance this year! So what does that mean for us and our lawns? From time to time I come across lawns that have been obliterated by leatherjackets, the larvae, of the Crane Fly, but I must admit this is rare. It's just down to pure chance that your lawn gets attacked. You will find that every lawn has leather jackets in it but it's really only when they reach a certain percentage per [...]

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    Now that we're well into July you'll notice that your lawn will need cutting more regularly due to the warmer weather. Once a week is sufficient, however for lawns with a finer grass then perhaps a little more frequently will keep it looking spot on. Remember to do your mowing on a dry day to avoid snagging the grass and compacting it. If there's plenty of rain about then growth will be good so you can drop the height a little. If it's very dry then keep the mower raised to avoid scorching or yellowing off. Also make sure you keep your blades nice and sharp. Since we've had a lot of rain [...]

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