All lawns will benefit from over seeding, most will need a general purpose, we recommend Green Velvet All Rounder.
 
For hard wearing areas use a mixture containing Rye Grass and for showcase lawns, typically the front lawn, use specially selected “Fine Grass Mixtures”; and in those shady areas, best results will be achieved using a shade tolerant seed. All have different germination periods, so keep well watered until germination has occurred.

Did you know it takes 17 years to bring a variety of grass to market! The process involves search, selection, isolation, private trials, first multiplication, official trials, registration and then the launch. This is what our team learnt during a recent technical training workshop.

Barenbrug have been breeding grass seed varieties for every possible application for over 100 years. We recently had an exclusive tour of the specialist production and distribution facility to see how seed is developed, quality controlled and dispatched.

Greener Gardens stock a comprehensive range of Green Velvet grass seed, all available via our shop www.greenergardens.co.uk/index.php/en/shop

Comments received following a recent visit

Hello John

Just to say thank you very much for calling and giving advice regarding the lawn, it would have been easy for you to treat the lawn and not bother to give the good advice you have. We very much appreciate your honesty and we will follow your recommendations.

We will see you again in due course.

thank you again

Mrs G, Radcliffe on Trent

During the year your lawns seasonal needs change, during the summer months our feeds will gently provide your lawn with the correct balance of nutrient to help replace that lost by summer cutting.
 
We have experienced a very dry spell and this has started to take its toll on many lawns especially those with fine grasses. We would welcome some  heavy rain as a welcome drink for the lawn and garden.
 
Summer Lawn Care, the weather, always a challenge…..
Our summer feed, will gently release nutrient over the summer months, whilst it doesn’t require watering in, however, if you keep your lawn short this will reduce the amount of morning dew and can cause tempoary discouloring, we would recommend a light watering after application.
 
Our control emphasis on this visit will focus on any weed activity, especially those difficult to control weeds like Speedwell and Selfheal. Don’t forget to check out our recommendations for lawn ants, a common problem for many.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Why is all this 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, the golden rule as always is “little and often” but if conditions go dry you can help your lawn by raising the cutting 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!

How much Water?
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. For those on a meter the cost of watering a small to medium size lawn is probably less than you think. With 1000 litres of mains water costing approximately 90p - for a few pounds you can even give a large lawn (500m2) a good watering.
 
When should I 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 is 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.

We are visiting many lawns and seeing many with varying levels of ‘Red Thread’, the level of severity will mainly come down to the grass types within your lawn.

The recent unsettled weather has led to warm, humid conditions; therefore it’s not surprising to see an outbreak of ‘Red Thread’ on many lawns. The expected arrival of more rainfall, will favour the conditions in which the disease enjoys.

In the growing season, it is a hard call between treating and not treating. Personally, we prefer to try and grow it out, rather than spraying a fungicide.  If you have had or are due an imminent treatment, this may provide enough energy for the lawn to outgrow the attack, but this does depend on your grass species and your rate of growth.

Should you wish to apply a fungicide, this will work as both a contact and provide protection from further attack for up to four weeks.  We would be happy to discuss this with you, if required.

We have updated our web site with pictures and a brief description of Red Thread and its control, which we hope you find useful.

Red Thread Info

Regards

John Draper

After a spell of good Easter and Spring Bank Holiday weather,  lots of people are filling the garden with family and friends, for social drinks, conversation and perhaps thinking about that first barbecue. Your lawn will have pride of place at the heart of a beautiful garden.

We are seeing lots of great looking lawns, maintaining your regular lawn cutting routine in the Spring and Early Summer will encourage your grass plants to grow slower and thicker, rather than taller and thinner;

A period of hot dry weather, could take its toll on many lawns especially those with fine grasses. If during these weather conditions you wish to maintain the lush green texture, correct watering may be required. It is more efficient to water your lawn at the first sign of drought, for many, the lawn will already be in stress before the symptoms are correctly recognised. However, lawns that are properly cared for will retain their good looks for longer during a drought and recover quicker. A drought stressed lawn may brown and become weakened leaving it more susceptible to disease problems, insect damage and weed invasion. Our feeding and weed programmes during the summer months are the ideal combination to help the lawn look good all summer, supplementary watering is a personal choice.

Personally, our front lawn, which contains those fine grasses often shows signs of drought stress during these dry periods, but we choose not to water, preferring to raise the cut height and reduce cutting frequency.

Summer lawncare tips include:

Mowing
Raise the height of cut in dry weather to avoid weakening the grasses, we recommend an ideal height be no shorter than 5-7cm.

Letting the clippings fall back onto the lawn rather than collecting them will act as mulch and slow down the evaporation of water from the soil surface. Make sure the clippings are small, or they will smother the grass and cause damage.

A light topping of the grass will be better than a severe "hacking".

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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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