Your grass will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate so it may still need a cut to keep it looking good and the envy of the neighbourhood. High autumn rainfall saw an increase in worm activity. Worm casts play havoc, making lawns look messy and ultimately encourage weeds and weed grasses. A wire rake is good for removing casts, alternatively use a stiff broom.

An application of an Autumn dressing will have helped to increase the acidity of the soil which will  deter earthworms, but you can give extra help by collecting up fallen leaves as this will remove surface food which encourage worms to cast.

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.

Mowing
The shorter days and lower temperatures slows down grass growth, meaning that the lawn will need mowing less frequently. It is also a good idea to raise the height of cut as winter approaches.

It’s important to maintain your mower in good condition and keep the blades sharp.  It would be a good time to arrange a service, spring will soon be here.

While there is plenty of winter left before Spring, you can use this time to write down the good and the bad points of your 2013 garden. Make a note of the pleasing plants, good combinations of colours and successful fruit and vegetables you have seen in other peoples gardens and note of the successes in the garden and vegetable patch that are worth repeating and the failures that need avoiding.

During October we may have enjoyed the last of the summer’s warm sunshine. It’s also a busy time in the garden.  While the leaves on the trees are developing their autumn hues we see some well-planned gardens that can boast many flowers that are just as exciting. Flowers in bright reds and pinks, warm yellows and rich mauves are the most common autumn colours and these make a great display as the nights draw in.

After a summer of constant mowing and regular use, your lawns will benefit from the autumn rains and less foot traffic will help your lawn on the road to a full recovery. We recommend that you continue to mow the grass each week to keep it trim and to remove any fallen leaves, which left unattended can promote fungal disease.

Our autumn treatment is rich in phosphates to encourage a strong root system and contains plenty of potash to harden off leaf growth ready for winter, We also apply a moss Control. Altogether this will leave your lawn looking greener and stronger and it will get it off to a great start in early spring.

Autumn Lawn Care Tips

  • Clear the lawn of leaves and debris

  • As leaves start to fall from the trees use a light rake or brush to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris.

  • Worms - Remember worms improve the nutrient content of a soil and are beneficial to the soil structure. Worm casts are best left to dry and then swept or brushed away with a stiff brush.


 Mowing

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall the rate at which the grass grows will slow, meaning that the lawn will need mowing less frequently. It is also a good idea to raise the height of cut as winter approaches. As always maintain your mower in good condition and keep the blades sharp.

See below for recommended lawn mower service providers, mention our name when making contact

Seasonal Tips

Repairing Edges

You may still have time to repair broken edges. Cut out a square of turf that includes the broken edge. Turn this round and place into position so that the bare area is on the inside and the new straight edge is on the outside. Fill the patch with new soil and repair using good quality grass seed.

Seeding

We recommend Green Velvet grass seed, GREEN VELVET® lawn seed is produced by Barenbrug UK who have been breeding grass seed varieties for every possible application for over 100 years. This experience and specialist knowledge means that when you buy GREEN VELVET® grass seed mixtures you can be confident are buying the very best. When you sow your lawn seed you can have peace-of-mind that your garden lawn will look great all year-round.

 Application of new grass seed will enhance the lawn through:

   

  • Less desirable species become present
  • Introduce more uniformity
  • Improves resistance to drought, wear, disease, moss invasion etc
  • To help fill in gaps and thin areas


Moss around the garden

With moisture levels currently on the up and temperatures dropping, conditions are perfect for moss to start growing and spreading not only on lawns but also hard surfaces.

Moss can be unsightly as well as making areas slippery and unsafe. Moss is able to prosper in areas where it does not have strong competition, particularly in areas of shade, whether it be hard standing areas, lawns or under trees.

1. Lawns
Our winter lawn moss control will help with controlling the moss through to our Spring application
 
2. Hard surfaces an application of MMC Pro is simple and effective product to treat and prevent mould, algae and moss on hard surfaces. No pressure washing or scrubbing is required. Please call us for details.

MMC Pro is suitable for use on all exterior hard surfaces including drives, paths, tennis courts, artificial turf, concrete, tarmac & block paving.
 
Contact us for details

Lawn Mower Service

Bradmore Garden Centre - NG11 6
Tel: 0115 984 7990
 
Grass and Power
Tel: 0115 933 4947
www.grassandpower.com

PS Marsden - NG4 2
Tel: 0115 961 4734
www.psmlawnmowers.co.uk

Copy of customer email
 
Hi

I hope I have got the right people. If not, then apologies for hassling you.

Yesterday, I tripped and fell outside my house. I broke my wrist in two places and had to be taken to hospital. John, was working on a lawn two doors away. He instantly came to the rescue, made me comfortable, got me a drink and called an ambulance. He waited for as long as he could, but obviously he had other jobs and couldn't hang on for ever (the ambulance eventually came after two hours). John called a neighbour who was able to take over.

John was extremely helpful and efficient. If he was delayed for the next job, please don't be annoyed with him - he ought to be commended for his selfless action.

Please pass on my sincere gratitude on my behalf. I'd buy him a drink if I could!

I am now plastered up and recovering.

Best wishes,
Marek

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 the launch.

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 of our seed supplier to see how the seed technology is collated controlled and dispatched.

John Draper commented "It was a great opportunity to see how seeds are quality controlled for the different market sectors and reinforces the confidence that seeds produced for the home and amenity market is of the highest quality.
 
This experience and specialist knowledge of Barenbrug means that when we apply grass seed to your lawn you can be confident we are applying the very best. "

What does all this mean… you can have confidence that the grasses we use are all fit for purpose.

 

If your lawn is still brown and suffering from stress through drought the only way through is to water more often or wait for the return of regular rainfall.

Whichever one you choose it will pay dividends if you start your lawn renovation programme by spiking the whole area. Using your garden fork you can easily make holes that are around 10cm (4in) in depth without too much effort. Drive the fork into the soil and stand on the fork so that the tines penetrate to the required depth and gently rock the fork backwards and forwards and then remove vertically. Work away from the treated area so you don’t walk over the area you have aerated.

Spiking has two benefits. It reduces compaction and aerates the soil, allowing more air and water into the root area. As a result, you will find that any rain that falls, especially thunderstorms, will more easily penetrate down to the root area instead of running off.

If all that sound too much hard work, get in touch and we can provide a quotation for Hollow Tine aeration.

What about those bare patches

If you have just a few bare patches in the lawn use Green Velvet SOS lawn seed to quickly and easily fill them in. Rake out any dead grass and loosen the soil surface. If the soil is bone dry, then water the patches thoroughly before you apply this specially formulated seed to repair the lawn. Maintain a watering regime until germinations occurs. In warm weather you should be able to see new grass growing between a week and a fortnight after application.

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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.