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".

We recently spent an evening with Cropwell Bishop Gardening Club as the speaker after the AGM.

The evening started with Judy Thomas reviewing past speakers and gardens visited during 2013  followed by our presentation “Gardening in 2014” which covered how products available to buy in the store come from professional origins, product development eg 17 years to bring a grass seed variety to market and how to get the best from products in the your garden. During the talk we also looked at alternative methods of pest and disease control and how products differ.
Feedback afterwards included “Good and lively talk tonight, thank you”

Check out your local gardening club, they are a great source of education and companionship.


An extract on the talk from CBGC

“A Greener Garden” John Draper After refreshments (thank you Muriel and Margaret), the second half of the meeting was a talk from John Draper. John has been in commercial horticulture for thirty years and now runs the Greener Gardens lawn treatment service. He inspired us with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the huge range of products that are available for the amateur gardener. Scientific advances have really revolutionised how we can improve the growth of, and protect, our plants. He explained about moss killers and weed killers – they are not the same apparently. Why slug pellets should be used sparingly, or alternatively use Nemaslug slug killer. The nematodes are slug parasites and will seek, search and destroy the slugs. Weapons of slug destruction! Patio Magic is brilliant for removing moss on drives, but do not use it on lawns, even if your moss is the duvet of death! Companion planting or integrated pest management is a simple way to prevent pests. One species of plant may help another by deterring the presence of pests. Plant roses and lavender together, or marigolds and tomatoes, or rhubarb and custard (I made that one up!). But probably the best advice was on looking after lawns. Cut lawns frequently and not too low, never more than one third off at a time. Our thanks to John for his informative and interesting presentation. Richard.

Earlier this month the team from Greener Gardens celebrated 0 years in business by driving sports cars at Prestwold Hall, nr Loughborough.

Cars we drove, "as fast as we could",  included; Aerial Atom, Porsche, Ferrari and a Lamborghini.

The day finished with lots of smiles and a 4*4 off road experience.

Many thanks to all of our customers who have supported us during the last 10 years.

Although not as harmful to turf as wormcasts, ant hills can disfigure lawns and are a big problem in your lawn. 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.

Did you know:

  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
  • When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.


Ants can be controlled by treating with either biological nematodes or chemical treatments.

We recommend the following methods of Ant Control;

Home Defence Ant Stop® Granules (use as a drench on lawns)

Application Time: When first noticed, a proactive approach works best.

Home Defence ANTSTOP!® Granules contain Spinosad, an active ingredient derived from natural soil bacterium. The product is not designed to kill ants instantly, so they take the ANTSTOP! back to the nest and the entire colony is destroyed.

Available from retailer and www.greenergardens.co.uk/shop

Biological Control: Nemasys “No Ants”

Application Time: Typically April through to September

Control Product: Nemasys No Ants - environmentally friendly and safe for children, pets, wildlife and bees.

The nematodes act as an irritant and the ants are displaced from their colonies. Where ant levels are very high repeat applications may be required to prevent the ants returning to the colony.

Apply when ant activity is visible on top of the lawn, typically April through to September. Apply to moist lawns and water them in well.  Make sure the lawn does not dry out for at least two weeks after applying nematodes.

Nematodes are only available direct from www.nematodesdirect.co.uk
 

What to do next?

Decide on which control or deterrent method will be best for and get started on controlling those ants.

Use Pesticides Safely. Always Read the label and product information before use

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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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