West Bridgford Colts ‘Reds and Blacks" U14 Girls have received a new kit, thanks to sponsorship by Greener Gardens, the West Bridgford based Independent Lawn Care specialists.

 

 Greener Gardens West Bridgford Colts


The U14 Girls team consists of 35 players, whilst playing in two teams, the format of this inclusive team over the last 5 years is to train as one group and share social activities during the year. Both teams are enjoying a good start to the first season playing 11 a side.


Gary Marshall, Head of Girls development at West Bridgford Colts, added, “we are extremely grateful to Greener Gardens and all sponsors for their sponsorship. It’s through partnerships like this that we’re able to continue providing the infrastructure that is essential in keeping our club running smoothly. We’re one of the biggest clubs in the country with over 95 teams and over 1,400 kids training and playing weekly in matches all over the region. The girls make up the fastest growing section of the club and it’s great. WB Colts is not just about football development but also personal development, team building and confidence”


The owner of Greener Gardens, John Draper, said: “We have followed the development of the squad over recent years and proud to support the “Reds and Blacks”

“As a long standing and established local business, we were more than happy to help, supporting a local side and be a small part of giving something back to WB Colts, which offers such a fantastic outlet to the local girls and football”

 

THE BASICS

  • Repair your lawn in spring or autumn;
  • Reseed bare patches;
  • If the whole lawn is patchy, it may be advisable to totally re-seed the lawn.

Patches in lawns can appear for a number of reasons, and when they do, it is always advisable to repair your lawn.

Although it may seem sensible to just turf the area, however, the problem may reoccur. So over seeding is often the best method, which is generally the best long-term solution.

Professional groundsman use this technique to restore worn areas on sports pitches, turning them back into lush green carpet in just a few weeks.

Reseeding or turfing bare patches will prevent weeds germinating in the patches, and of course, it looks much better.

WHERE

If your lawn is thin and patchy and has brown spots, perhaps from physical damage, wear and tear, or drought damage should be repaired.

WHEN

Ideally in spring or autumn, when the weather is damp and cool, as the lawn is most likely to recover well in these conditions.

HOW… THE STARTING POINT

Thorough ground preparation is vital for a successful lawn and lawn repair project.

  • Mow the lawn to a short height and rake to remove debris and thatch;
  • Use an aerator or garden fork to open up the soil in your lawn, relieving compaction;
  • Use a scarifier to remove thatch and damaged areas to prepare the ground for the seed;
  • Loosen the top soil down to 6-15 mm (up to ½ inch).

 SOWING THE SEED

  1. Sow the seed in accordance with the instructions on the packet, either by hand or drop spreader.
  2. Lightly rake over.
  3. Roll lightly or walk over to press the seed into the soil.

WATERING

  1. Water in thoroughly, avoiding washing away any soil or seed.
  2. Keep well watered until the grass is established and growing strongly. Once established, lightly trim the grass and then follow through with mowing every couple of weeks, reducing the cutting height as appropriate.

REMOVING A PATCH

Cut out the damaged area of turf in a square, using a half moon edging iron to cut the square and a spade to lift it. Lightly fork over the soil in the base of the removed square. Sprinkle some crumbly top soil or compost over the base of the removed square. The seed and water as before.

Remember ...

  • Don’t panic if grass doesn’t appear in 2-3 days.
  • Keep the area well watered until the grass is established and growing strongly.
  • Water every few days if the weather is dry.
  • Germination will typically take 2-3 weeks, depending on temperature and species of grass.
  • Try not to use the lawn until the grass is well established.

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Why we recommend Green Velvet?

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As we head towards late summer and autumn it’s the ideal time to complete scarification and seeding, here is our quick guide:

What is Scarification?

The removal of dead organic matter for a denser sward using a manual rake or powered machine.

At Greener Gardens our petrol driven machine uses vertical blades to cut through dead organic matter and horizontal shoot growth. Where horizontal shoots are cut they re-sprout leading to a denser sward. The process can be very invasive.

When to Scarify?

Scarify during the Spring and Autumn when conditions are suitable for the lawn to recover.

Benefits of Scarification

  • Removes the organic matter helping the lawn breathe;
  • helps water and nutrient to penetrate down to the roots;
  • Reduces moss levels in a lawn;
  • Stops it becoming 'spongy';
  • Promotes grass plants to grow much more healthily.

Going the next step will help with recovery and a great looking lawn

Step 1 – Over Seed

An application of new grass seed will enhance the lawn through:
•    More desirable species becoming more prevalent
•    Introduce more uniformity.
•    Improves resistance to drought, wear, disease and moss invasion.
•    To help fill in gaps and thin areas.

Step 2 -Soil Improver improving soil conditions and structure.

Repeated applications of our soil improver will make the soil more friable allowing oxygen to get to the root zone improving the plants ability of taking up other nutrients, plus as the soil is more friable drainage is far more efficient.

Benefits of our Soil Improver;
•    Improves soil structure and tilth;
•    Creates friable soils and builds deeper top-soil;
•    Breaks up soils compacted by sodium and clay;
•    Allows soil to dry more quickly after rain;
•    Enhances friendly bacterial action;
•    Helps discourage plant diseases;
•    Continued application allows for deeper, healthier root development and water penetration.

 

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Has your lawn has turned brown or straw coloured, there’s no need to worry; pro longed high temperatures and low rainfall is affecting many lawns, turning brown is natural. Established, well-maintained lawns will usually recover once adequate rainfall returns.

The team at Greener Gardens have compiled a summary of FAQ’s:

1. How will the brown grass become green?
When sufficient rain comes, the lawns will recover from the crown, so unlike most other plants grasses have evolved to grow not from their tips, but from their base, close to the roots. The grass crown contains numerous buds that can produce new shoots called tillers. These develop their own root system and can quickly turn into independent plants. Our drought safe lawn feed will help reduce the recovery period.

2. Should I water?
Some experts say “yes”, most insist on “not”. An established lawn does not need to be watered routinely. In fact, letting a lawn search for its own supply of water will encourage roots to go deeper and seek out moisture. This will benefit the lawn's health in the long term.

3. What about mowing?
If the grass is not growing, do not mow low! Once growth resumes, mow regularly again. It is good practice to raise the summer cutting height slightly, tidying up the lawn. Leaving your lawn a little longer, will allow deeper roots to grow and help trap moisture by reducing evaporation from the surface, which will improve drought tolerance. It will also help your lawn to keep a greener appearance by leaving more of the green leaf visible.

What are we expecting during the recovery period?


It’s been reported that the grass on our lawns is one of the most adaptable and hardy plants in existence. It will recover when sufficient rainfall occurs, however, below are our thoughts for attention that your lawn may require during the autumn to get it back into tip top condition.

Weeds…
The hot dry weather will spring dormant seeds back into life, we will be reviewing how we can adjust our treatment programme to address any weeds with a broad spectrum control during our autumn treatments, which will commence early September.

Bare Patches… These could be the result of either:

Traffic damage
Heavy traffic on a stressed dormant lawn may cause damage to the crown of the grass plant. We will be carrying grass seed on the vans to assist with repairs, we recommend “Green Velvet All Rounder”.

Dry patch
These will be brown patches in the lawn, which are not returning to green. In its simplest explanation, ‘dry patch’ is mycelium in the soil, which is repelling water, causing the area not to re wet and grass to remain dormant. We recommend that lawns affected by ‘Dry Patch’ would benefit from hollow tine aeration and the application of a soil improver treatment in autumn and repeated in spring.

Red Thread
This is often seen on lawns normally from mid-summer through to and including autumn. It is spread by spores within the air and often seen on fine fescue lawns, but can develop on all lawn types.

It is a fairly minor disease, which in most cases does relatively little damage. It can leave patches of turf in a ‘straw like’ brown condition, which can leave the entire lawn with an all over unsightly mottled effect. Studied closely you may see red needles or pink ‘cotton-wool’ like growth on the affected areas. This is the manifestation of the fungus. More often than not, the disease will run its course and as the turf grows the disease becomes less obvious, it is very rare for the disease to be deemed worthy of specialist treatment. Our autumn feed will often be enough to help outgrow the condition.

Helping with recovery?

Our lawns have endured a lot in the six months of this year, from rain, frosts, snow and now heat and drought.

We recommend the following for improved root development:

• Aeration
• Soil Improver
• Over Seed

Hope this update helps.

The team at Greener Gardens

Has your lawn turned brown?

If your lawn has turned brown or straw coloured, there’s no need to worry; pro longed high temperatures and low rainfall is affecting many lawns, turning brown is natural. Established, well-maintained lawns will usually recover once adequate rainfall returns.

Why?
The lawn is putting its natural defense in operation to protect its important root structure, reducing evapotranspiration from the root zone. If it didn’t do this the root structure would dry out and the plant would possibly die.

Different grass seed mixes are deeper rooting and tend to be more drought tolerant, hence possible patches of green within your lawn.

What can I be doing?
Here are some simple steps you can take to help your lawn withstand and recover from periods of low rainfall.

Mowing
The frequency of mowing should be judged by the lawn itself. If the grass is not growing then do not attempt to mow. Once growth resumes, start mowing regularly again. It is good practice to raise the summer cutting height slightly, tidying up the lawn.

Leaving your lawn a little longer, will allow deeper roots to grow and help trap moisture by reducing evaporation from the surface, which will improve drought tolerance. It will also help your lawn to keep a greener appearance by leaving more of the green leaf visible.

Feeding
Our summer lawn feed is drought safe, it will break down with the morning dew, then stabilises within the soil and will be ready for your lawn when wetter conditions return.

We review lawns for weed activity and spot weed as required, we may decide to carry this forward to the autumn period, don’t worry, we assess this on a lawn by lawn basis.

Watering
An established lawn does not need to be watered routinely. In fact, letting a lawn search for its own supply of water will encourage roots to go deeper and seek out moisture. This will benefit the lawn's health in the long term.

Watering - If you have not started ...
Don't start watering, let the lawn go into natural dormancy.

Watering - If you have started ....
It is better to apply two good waterings per week to the lawn rather than frequent light watering. Your lawn will require moistening to a depth of 6" weekly, for a loam or clay soil this will be achieved by approximately by 1-1½" of water. A sandy soil will be moistened to a depth of approximately 6" by ½ -¼" of water, so what does that mean? approx 20-30 minutes.

Don’t play on dormant lawns
Heavy traffic on an already stressed, dormant lawn may damage the grass beyond repair and compact the soil.

When the summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures and regular rainfall, your lawn will be restored to its former glory. Have patience!

Helping with recovery?
If your lawn has been severely stressed by dry conditions, take steps to help water penetrate the surface when water becomes available. Some light spiking with a fork or spiked roller will help, but this should only be done when water becomes available again.

We recommend the following for improved root development:

• Aeration
• Over Seed
• Soil Improver and Biology Booster

More information about watering at watering hints and tips

Hope this helps

The team at Greener Gardens

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The team at Greener Gardens offer lawn care and other garden maintenance services. We provide a Free lawn care consultation backed up by a professional service, from our own fully trained staff. We are proud to be a local business.

Office

  • 32 Mowbray Gardens,
    West Bridgford,
    Nottingham.
    NG2 6JN

Where we work...

We operate both North and South of the River Trent, many of our customers are located in: West Bridgford, Radcliffe on Trent, Bingham, Cotgrave, Tollerton, Keyworth, Ruddington and North of the River: Beeston, Chilwell, Wollaton, Bramcote, Nottingham, Mapperley and Arnold.

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