We are certainly enjoying some warm summer weather, however, with little rain on the horizon the combination of high temperatures and low rainfall will prove a stressful time for your lawn.

What can be done?

  • Definitely, raise the cut height to maximum, this will help with cooling the soil surface and reduce leaf stress.

  • If you decide to water, we suggest watering well and consistently throughout this period and beyond.

  • If you decide not to water, that isn't a problem, the grass will do what it does naturally and go into drought dormancy, it will soon recover when adequate rain fall returns.


For more information see our web site Watering Advice

This is also the weather conditions that favour summer lawn diseases, such as Red Thread.

What is Red Thread?

Red Thread is often seen on lawns in the UK from mid summer, it loves this warm humid weather. It is often seen on fine fescue lawns, but can develop on all lawn types. It is a fairly minor disease that in most cases does relatively little damage, but can spoil a well-kept lawns appearance. It is spread by spores within the air.


What treatments can be used?

On many occasions an application of fertiliser is more than sufficient to promote lawn growth, affected grasses would then be removed by cutting. The feed will also strengthen the plant, enabling it to “outgrow” the disease. We can also apply a fungicide treatment.

If you want to treat yourself, we would suggest using a product called Bayer Lawn Disease control* is applied, if necessary. (Manufacturers web site Bayer Lawn Disease Control) Notes: Use as directed and always read and follow the manufactures instructions before use.

Please remember that, similar to taking antibiotics, after you have applied a fungicide, it doesn't guarantee you never get the symptoms again.

Pest Control

If your lawn has been affected in the past by Chafer Grub or Leather Jacket, then now is a good time to pre order your nematodes for application in August, September or October.

These natural predators will, with frequent use, help with eradication and are currently the only control method available.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine.

Soil temperatures are increasing and you may have noticed more grass clippings in the grass box each week during your weekly cut. In late April this was a result of the warmer  temperatures, huge growth flushes and it was reported that some sporting venues went from closed going  due to water logging to hand watering dry areas within a week of each other. During the early summer period our feeds will gently feed your lawn maintaining the right supply of nutrient between our visits.

We are seeing the normal lawn weeds for this time of year albeit some like Celandine may sbe hanging around longer than normal, but also those problem weeds namely, Germander Speedwell. We will be treating treat all of these with a selective herbicide.


The wet conditions have suited shallow rooting weeds like annual meadow grass and POA grasses showing their seed heads, its all perfectly normal, just continue to mow as normal, but if you would like more information see "Seed Heads" in our advice section

Why feeding and cutting important?

If you regularly cut the grass in summer to a minimum of 30mm and it is well fed, then the lawn will become thick and strong, this will naturally help eliminate weeds and moss as the don’t get a chance to thrive.

1. MOWING

Correct mowing makes the difference between a "so-so" lawn and a great one. Here are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:

 

  • A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe hacking;

  • Do not cut the grass if frost is present;

  • If finding a dry day to cut the lawn is a problem, drag the reverse side of a brush over the lawn, wait 30 minutes or so and then the lawn should be dry enough to cut.



Don’t forget to ask us about the benefits of our beneficial lawn treatments eg Aeration, Scarification, and Over Seeding


1. Mowing Tips


If you haven’t already it is time to complete your first lawn cut, we suggest that you raise the cutter for the few cuts and then cut no more than 1/3rd off in any one cut. It’s not too late to replace the mower blade or get it sharpened, all crucial for a healthy cut.

If you have a petrol mower, don’t use fuel left over from last year. Stale fuel accounts for many starting problems at any time of the year.

Correct mowing will make the difference between a “so-so” lawn and a great one. There are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:

A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe “hacking”

Regular cutting will make it more enjoyable for you and frequent cutting requires less effort.

Keep cutting the grass regularly and trimming the edges for that smart professional look.

2. Correct Mowing

Correct mowing will make the difference between a “so-so” lawn and a great one. There are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:

  • A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe “hacking”
  • Regular cutting will make it more enjoyable for you and frequent cutting requires less effort.
  • Avoid cutting the lawn if the lawn is covered in frost.


3. Soil Improver

Now is a great time to apply our Soil Improver. It can be applied  at any time but spring and autumn are best. It will improve soil conditions and help develop strong roots which will produce healthy leaves.

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 or irrigation enabling it to be worked sooner;
  • Enhances friendly bacterial action and discourages plant diseases related to poor soil aeration;
  • Conditioned soil allows for deeper, healthier root development and water penetration;


4. Clean up your hard surfaces from weeds and algae.


It's a great time to clean up your drive and patio from Algae, Moss and weeds.

Our biocide will kill mould and other growths within typically 2-4 days, and the secondary detergent action will help to gently clean the treated surface in the following weeks and months without the need for pressure washing.

Our Hard surface weed control will keep your drive weed free for up to 3 months.
For more information Patio Cleaning or Drive Weeding.

The Greener Gardens Team

If like us you are hearing in the news channels about the lack of current rainfall, then spare a thought for your grass.

The combination of recent temperatures, drying winds is promoting water evaporation faster than rainfall levels can replace lost water, this will prove a testing time. With some rain on the horizon for the next few days, this will provide a welcome relief for your lawn.
On our own lawn I have observed signs of moisture stress. It’s most evident when you look at foot traffic across the lawn, with a colour change from its normal bright green to a dull blue.

Both suggest that the grass plant has insufficient moisture in the leaves to maintain its structure, and is an indication that the moisture status of the plant is critically out of balance.

What can be done?

  • Definitely, raise the cut height to maximum, this will help with cooling the soil surface and reduce leaf stress.

  • If you decide to water, we suggest watering well and consistently throughout this period and beyond.

  • If you decide not to water, that isn’t a problem, the grass will do what it does naturally and go into drought dormancy, it will soon recover when adequate rain fall returns.

For more information see our web site Watering Advice

If like us you enjoyed a week end of sunshine and BBQ’s spare a thought for your grass.

The combination of high day temperatures and strong winds over the last few days has really dried surfaces and with little or no rain on the horizon for the week, this will prove a testing time for your lawns.

On our own lawn I have observed signs of moisture stress. It’s most evident when you look at foot traffic across the lawn, and also a colour change from its normal bright green to a dull blue.

Both suggest that the grass plant has insufficient moisture in the leaves to maintain their structure and is an indication that the moisture status of the plant is critically out of balance.

What can be done?

  • Definitely, raise the cut height to maximum, this will help with cooling the soil surface and reduce leaf stress.
  • If you decide to water, we suggest watering well and consistently throughout this period and beyond.
  • If you decide not to water, that isn’t a problem, the grass will do what it does naturally and go into drought dormancy, it will soon recover when adequate rain fall returns.

For more information see our web site watering advise

 

A week ago the team at Greener Gardens we were concerned about the dryness of lawns but during the last eight days have seen some very wet weather which combined with the mild temperatures is causing other lawn issues.

Keep a watch on your lawn for the following:

  • Red Thread and fungal diseases
  • Ants in lawns


What is Red Thread?


Red Thread is often seen on lawns in the UK from mid summer, it loves this warm wet weather. It is often seen on fine fescue lawns, but can develop on all lawn types. It is a fairly minor disease that in most cases does relatively little damage, but can spoil a well-kept lawns appearance. It is spread by spores within the air.

 

What treatments can be used?

On many occasions an application of fertiliser is more than sufficient to promote lawn growth, affected grasses would then be removed by cutting. The feed will also strengthen the plant, enabling it to “outgrow” the disease. We can also apply a fungicide treatment.

Can anything be done now?

Normally the promoting of new growth with the fertiliser will help, as you then cut out the active fungal growth. We would suggest to check to see if you're looking at the primary effect i.e. red spikes or the secondary effect of the brown ‘straw like grasses’, affected brown grasses will not revert to green, until new grass growth occurs.

If it is red spikes of fungal activity that you can see, this is already the later development stages, an application of a feed would be beneficial, combined with a frequent cut to remove the affected grasses, but you may choose to treat with a contact fungicide for additional protection.

For best results the fungicide should be applied soon after cutting. Our fungicide will give up to 4 weeks protection. If you would like us to treat your lawn, we can provide a quotation for this.
If you want to treat yourself, we would suggest using a product called Bayer Lawn Disease control* is applied, if necessary. (Manufacturers web site Bayer Lawn Disease Control

Notes: Use as directed and always read and follow the manufactures instructions before use.

Please remember that, similar to taking antibiotics, after you have applied a fungicide. It doesn't guarantee you never get the symptoms again.

Controlling Ants

Ant hills left untreated will make your lawn uneven, they can be dispersed by brushing the soil when conditions are dry, this will avoid smearing them on the lawn when mowing.

Most ant species build underground nests. Worker ants dig tunnels and chambers, or rooms, in the soil. As the colony grows, workers add more tunnels and chambers to the nest. Ant colonies can grow to be quite large, their nests may reach 6 meters below the ground.

We recommend Ant Stop granule applied as a drench, repeating applications as required – More product details and available in our shop or direct from the van.

If you require any further information please see our Info section on the web site, or e-mail us.

 

 

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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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