Last month we mentioned the importance of leaf collection to avoid them smothering and killing your grass. You can make this job easier by using your mower to collect the leaves, and give the lawn a light trim at the same time. This will make the grass look more even and improve your lawn and house kerb appeal.

The best advice is to remove leaves regularly throughout the autumn period to avoid damage. Leaving the leaves on the lawn until they’ve finally all fallen from the trees may seem like a good way to deal with the problem, but it isn’t. The longer leaves lay around, the thicker they accumulate the greater the damage that will occur to your grass. Regular raking and mowing are the best ways to ensure a healthy lawn come spring.

 
So keep your mower ready for a quick winter cut and leaf collection, after all, the grass is enjoying the current weather conditions with gentle grass growth.

When you are doing this, keep an eye out for moss in your lawn, moss just loves these autumn conditions.  We are currently treating many lawns with our special lawn conditioner and moss control. However, many lawns suffer from thatch and compaction issues,  which needs to be tackled mechanically e.g. aeration & scarification.  If you’re feeling your lawn could be better and would like some advice this autumn or next spring, call us on 0115 837 8439.

Remember a great looking lawn next spring starts now!

Just mention the word “autumn” and images of brightly coloured leaves dancing in a crisp breeze jump to mind. So does the image of those leaves falling gracefully to the ground covering your lawn and garden potentially leaving an unsightly mess. In nature, these leaves would slowly decay on the forest floor, returning vital nutrients to the earth. But left on drives, path and patios they become a slippery mat. Left on your lawn, they can smother and kill your grass.

 
The fact is fallen leaves create a barrier over the lawn. A leaf mat traps moisture, inhibits sunlight and harbours insects and diseases that can kill patches of even the healthiest grass. Sometimes Mother Nature lends a helping hand by blowing a sweeping breeze that carries your leaves over to the neighbour’s garden. But beware: That same breeze is probably blowing more leaves onto your lawn too.

 
The best advice is to remove leaves regularly throughout autumn to avoid damage. Leaving the leaves on the lawn until they’ve finally all fallen from the trees may seem like a good way to deal with the problem, but it isn’t. The longer leaves lay around and the thicker they accumulate the greater the damage that could occur to your grass. Regular raking and mowing/mulching are the best ways to ensure a healthy lawn come spring.

If you do run into problems, don't despair we can help.

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.

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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.

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  • 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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