The rain today will be a welcome relief for our lawns and gardens.

During the last week we have seen a number of lawns showing signs of stress caused by lack of adequate moisture levels.  During our summer visits, we will review each treatment and advise accordingly.

This isn’t surprising as our weather indicates that more water is evaporating from the grass than being replaced through natural rainfall. 

The above charts show that the current forecast is for 6mm rainfall in the next week, however in the same period 23mm will evaporate through the grass plant leaf, resulting in additional stress toward the end of next week

 

web site is updated with lots of topical with seasonal care notes and included a page on drought advice.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to a lot more rain

During the year your lawns needs change. Our summer month feeds will gently provide your lawn with the correct balance of nutrient to help replace that lost by summer cutting.

Summer Overview

The weather, always a challenge…. We have experienced very dry and windy conditions which have started to take its toll on many lawns especially those with fine grasses. We would welcome some steady rain as a welcome drink for the lawn and garden.

Whilst our summer feed, will gently release nutrient over the summer months, it doesn’t require watering in, however, if you keep your lawn short which will reduce the amount of morning dew, we would recommend a light watering after application.

Our weed control emphasis on this visit will focus on any weed activity, especially those difficult to control weeds like Speedwell and Selfheal. If you are one of the many UK households growing your own we would recommend that you do not compost the next four lawn clippings following any weed control application.

Don’t forget to check out our recommendations for lawn ants, a common problem for many homeowners.

To get the best effect from any lawn treatment, avoid mowing for three days after treatment. This gives time for the weed-killing element to move down to the roots.

Why is all 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.

Mowing Tips

We promote regular mowing all year, a golden rule would be “little and often”, if we are experiencing a dry patch raise the cut height..

  • Ideal cutting heights for the majority of lawns is 30/50mm, if you have a fine lawn the 25/35mm.
  • Keep the mower blades sharp for a great cut.
  • Don’t forget to keep the edges trim for that great finish.
  • Watering – Just in case we need to!


When I should start to water?

It is more efficient to water your lawn at the first sign of drought, rather than wait until the lawn has become stressed or dormant. Initial signs of a water deficit in the soil are wilting of the turf, at this stage footprints in the grass do not spring back. An additional sign of drought is a colour change from its normal green to a green/blue.

For more information about watering your lawn see Watering Advice.

Summer Lawn Diseases – Red Thread

This disease is often seen on lawns in the UK from mid summer through to and including the autumn time. 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.

For more information about Red Thread click Info

Difficult Lawn Weeds

During the summer application we review and treat those difficult weeds, persistent weeds like Speedwell may require additional treatments, for more information about this weed and how to reduce it click info
 
Ants - Are they a pest in your lawn?

The main pest our customers encounter are ants, although not as harmful to turf as wormcasts, ant hills can disfigure lawns. They usually appear in summer, especially prevalent in damp conditions and should be dispersed by brushing the soil when dry. This will avoid smearing them on the lawn when mowing. Over time left untreated the lawn may become uneven. Ants can also damage roots which may cause yellowing.

Ants can be controlled by treating with either biological nematodes or chemical treatments. Our customers have great success using Ant Stop Granule with a pro active approach during the summer. Available from our Van or on line.

Keep adding annual weeds and the leaves of perennial weeds, lawn clippings and other garden debris, plus uncooked kitchen vegetable waste, to the compost heap. Always mix grass clippings with coarser material otherwise it won’t rot down well. Adding a compost maker or compost activator will help speed up rotting and produce better compost.

Slugs and snails can still be a major problem at this time of the year. Make sure you check susceptible plants – especially hostas, delphiniums, vegetables and any newly planted young plants. Protect them with suitable barriers or controls like slug pellets or nematodes around susceptible plants and growing areas.

Pests and diseases will be very active this month. Check plants regularly and keep on top of any problems that do occur to ensure they don’t get out of control – early eradication is the key to success. Ready-to-use sprays ensure you have something ready to deal with the problems as soon as they are seen.

Topical tip

Lawncare:

Regular mowing is the key to a great lawn. With temperatures and a little moisture, growth should be at its best so regular mowing will produce a beautiful dense turf. Regular means once a week.

If conditions are or become dry then growth will be slow but do mow at least every 10 to 14 days to control coarse grasses and seed heads.

Finally adjust your mowing height to suit the growing conditions and check that the blades are sharp and beneath the deck clean, it all helps.


Greenhouse:
Ventilate greenhouses and conservatories on hot, sunny days. Temperatures inside can soon soar and shading the glass will help keep temperatures at a bearable level.

For a detailed monthly Garden Diary, please see our web site Garden Diary

Treat Chafer Grubs when you first see grubs, up to mid Sept when the grubs are close to the surface and active with an insecticide only available to the professional or August, Septemember and October, to target the adult beetle recommend Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer.

Spotting adults chafer beetles will help you to identify the pest responsible for the damage, BUT always inspect the lawn for the grubs to be sure. Chafer Grubs are creamy coloured, approx 1.5 cm in length and have distinctive legs. They are found in grass roots. Like leatherjackets, chafer grubs attack the grass roots causing identical symptoms, but chafers are larger and creamy coloured, making them easy to identify.

The Garden Chafer Beetle emerges in May/June from the lawn and mate before laying eggs. These eggs hatch to produced chafer grubs. The eggs are often laid in the same place each year so the problem gets progressively worse. The Chafer Grubs feed on grass roots from July until late Autumn before burrowing deep into the ground to pupate. They are a source of food for crows and woodpeckers as well as foxes and badgers. These may do more harm to your lawn. The Chafer Grubs lay dormant during the winter before moving to the surface in the spring to emerge as beetles in May / June. Treat these newly hatched when they are near the surface in August.

In Autumn Nemasys® Chafer Grub Killer contains Heterorhabditis megidis nematodes which kill Chafers but is harmless to children, wildlife and pets and the lawn may be used immediately after application. Apply by watering can or hose end feeder.

For more information and to buy the product: www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/11-chafer-grub-killer-nematodes

What you will need to do to prepare the ground?

Whatever product you choose watering is key, the lawn should be watered about 3 days prior to treatment and thoroughly watered after application for beneficial effect.

Important Notice: The professional insecticide is being withdrawn from use in June 2015 and we can only apply while stocks last until June 2016, after which nematodes are the only control available. These will need to be applied in the Sept and October period

Sainsbury have developed a handy little guide to help you enjoy your gardening efforts this year

Mint - it’s fantastic with lamb and a jug of summer Pimms or perhaps get growing strawberries for Wimbledon!

It’s really easy follow the link for more ideas on:
   

  • Build a bottle bird feeder
  • A strawberry window garden
  • How to grow mint
  • Tips for watering plant


Help all the family enjoy the garden this summer

Download a FREE leaflet here:  crafty-garden-ideas.

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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.

Call: 0115 837 8439 or email for a FREE quotation.