Has your lawn turned brown?

If your lawn has turned brown or straw coloured, there’s no need to worry; pro longed high temperatures and low rainfall is affecting many lawns, turning brown is natural. Established, well-maintained lawns will usually recover once adequate rainfall returns.

The lawn is putting its natural defense in operation to protect its important root structure, reducing evapotranspiration from the root zone. If it didn’t do this the root structure would dry out and the plant would possibly die.

Different grass seed mixes are deeper rooting and tend to be more drought tolerant, hence possible patches of green within your lawn.

What can I be doing?
Here are some simple steps you can take to help your lawn withstand and recover from periods of low rainfall.

The frequency of mowing should be judged by the lawn itself. If the grass is not growing then do not attempt to mow. Once growth resumes, start mowing regularly again. It is good practice to raise the summer cutting height slightly, tidying up the lawn.

Leaving your lawn a little longer, will allow deeper roots to grow and help trap moisture by reducing evaporation from the surface, which will improve drought tolerance. It will also help your lawn to keep a greener appearance by leaving more of the green leaf visible.

Our summer lawn feed is drought safe, it will break down with the morning dew, then stabilises within the soil and will be ready for your lawn when wetter conditions return.

We review lawns for weed activity and spot weed as required, we may decide to carry this forward to the autumn period, don’t worry, we assess this on a lawn by lawn basis.

An established lawn does not need to be watered routinely. In fact, letting a lawn search for its own supply of water will encourage roots to go deeper and seek out moisture. This will benefit the lawn's health in the long term.

Watering - If you have not started ...
Don't start watering, let the lawn go into natural dormancy.

Watering - If you have started ....
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, so what does that mean? approx 20-30 minutes.

Don’t play on dormant lawns
Heavy traffic on an already stressed, dormant lawn may damage the grass beyond repair and compact the soil.

When the summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures and regular rainfall, your lawn will be restored to its former glory. Have patience!

Helping with recovery?
If your lawn has been severely stressed by dry conditions, take steps to help water penetrate the surface when water becomes available. Some light spiking with a fork or spiked roller will help, but this should only be done when water becomes available again.

We recommend the following for improved root development:

• Aeration
• Over Seed
• Soil Improver and Biology Booster

More information about watering at watering hints and tips

Hope this helps

The team at Greener Gardens

During the year your lawns nutritional needs change, during the summer months our feeds gently provide the 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 natural drink for the lawn and garden. 

Applying a feed during a dry period will be safe and beneficial for the lawn, ensuring that the grass plant has the vigour to recover once adequate rainfall returns.
Summer Lawn Care, the weather, always a challenge…..
Our summer feed, will gently release its nutrient over the summer months, whilst it doesn’t require watering in, if you keep your lawn cut short this will reduce the amount of morning dew and can cause temporary discolouring. If you do cut your lawn short we 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.

Mowing Tips during dry weather
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.

Our soil beneficial treatments Soil Improver and Biology Booster when used regularly both benefit your lawn with increased root development.

Growing your Own?
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.

Other activity that will help:

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, so what does that mean? approx 20-30 minutes. 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.

What do we do on our lawns at home?
Well, we have followed our own advise and

•    Raised the cut height:
•    We have been applying soil Improver for improving soil structure:
•    We have started to use the New Biology Booster for root development.

More information about watering at watering hints and tips

Snow isn’t really a major problem for lawns, normally it doesn’t last long in Nottingham, but a fungal disease called snow mould (fusarium) can occur once the snow melts. This normally forms where there has been a thicker amount of snow, example snow man has sat or where you’ve cleared paths onto the lawn.

What can I do?
•    try to break down the thicker snow areas less as it starts to melt
•    when clearing paths and drives, avoid piling the snow onto the lawn
•    Keep an eye out for early stages of the disease Fusarium

Fusarium Patch - Pink (Microdochium Patch) --

fusarium patch (snow mould0

Don’t walk on when there is a ground frost (ground is hard with frost) this will break the grass plant at ground level and kill it, air frosts is where the grass blade only is frosty, walking on the lawn may not kill it, but the damage in the plants cells will cause black marks where its been walked on.

If you have already had your spring treatment, then worry not. The treatments strengthens the cell structure within the grass plant, making it more hardy and resilient toward diseases.

Remember when snow melts, it turns to water, try and keep traffic to a minimum as this can cause compaction and puddling on our clay soils, repeated applications with Soil Improver will help with this.

Greener Gardens attended and presented "keeping it local" at the annual Lawn Care Association conference in February 2018, alongside other independent lawn care operators from around the UK.
Greener Gardens owner John Draper, a committee member since the formation of the association shared the experiences of “keeping it local". Greener Gardens has grown over recent years and how concentrating on a local area has benefited staff wellbeing, enabling us to build a strong connection with customers for delivery of great customer service and lawn care advice. 
John Draper commented “UKLCA Members follow a ‘code of practice’ and Greener Gardens are delighted to commit to the new BASIS “Lawn Assured” accreditation designed to give customers, the confidence that your lawn is in safe hands.”
Greener Gardens are committed to providing customer service that is second to none. We have the knowledge, skills and machinery to do the job quickly and cost efficiently for you. We believe that's why over 95% of our customers continue with our services annually, and many new customers come through recommendations.
The UK Lawn Care Association is the place for homeowners to search for Independent Lawn Care Specialists, all members are committed to the highest standards of lawn care, providing a knowledgeable, bespoke, efficient and friendly service. 
Greener Gardens would be delighted to provide a no obligation survey and personal lawn programme for your lawn. Call today 0115 837 8439 or contact us Free quote greenergardens.co.uk

The team from Greener Gardens took a day out from completing important winter treatments, to spend the day working with Alex Vickers, turf consultant to Institute of Groundmanship.

The event, organised by John Draper, started ten years ago as an internal training day to develop staff skills, knowledge and confidence.  The latest products and turf practices, which can be transferred from professional turf to your garden, was presented to a group of leading Independent lawn care operators from around the country.

Alex Vickers shared his professional experiences of soil structure and its related problems from premier league football pitches to cemetery’s!

“It begins with the soil”, demonstrated how understanding the soil is the building block for advising the correct lawn treatment programme.   Not just to help with the symptoms but more importantly address the cause of problems like thatch, compaction and choosing the right feeding programme.

John Draper commented “we have been working with Alex since 2015, developing our soil nutrition programmes. Our ‘Biology Booster’ benefits natural soil aerators and thatch eaters, a practice embraced in professional turf. Meaning that the natural soil biology works on your lawn every day, with the benefit of helping your lawns natural eco system".

The success of ‘Soil Improver’ introduced a few years ago, has made a positive step towards strengthening conditions below ground, with great customer feedback. Our ‘Biology Booster’, will take caring for the soil to the next level, backed up by evidence giving you the confidence that once applied it will keep working season long.

We understand the importance of good diet and exercise for our family health, let Greener Gardens unlock the secrets in your soil to achieve a lawn you can be proud of.

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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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    West Bridgford,
    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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