Soil compaction is one of the most common, but least known problems with lawns in the UK. Around half of the volume of a healthy soil is gaps and channels. These channels allow air and moisture to pass down into the soil, allowing it to “breathe”. Compaction is the act of compressing the soil so that these gaps are no longer there. Read More »
Does your lawn have a compaction problem? If your lawn has thin areas of grass, if it goes very brown throughout the hot months of summer, drains poorly,or even if it just struggles to grow throughout the year, then there is a good chance that it is suffering from a soil compaction problem. What is the cause of… Read More »
Does your lawn have a compaction problem? If your lawn has thin areas of grass, if it goes very brown throughout the hot months of summer, drains poorly, or even if it just struggles to grow throughout the year, then there is a good chance that it is suffering from a soil compaction problem. What is the cause… Read More »
Lawn aeration will benefit any lawn. What is lawn compaction? If your lawn is old, well used or has weak, thin areas which seem to continue to deteriorate no matter what lawn fertiliser products you apply, then it is most likely suffering from a soil compaction problem. Compacted soil occurs due to the particles of soil becoming literally squashed… Read More »
In the third part of my series of posts on lawn aeration, I will explain how the process of aerating relieves a compacted lawn. As explained in my previous post, compaction is the squashing together of the soil particles in the top surface of a lawn. This prevents gas exchange and moisture from getting to the roots and… Read More »
Over the past few years I have noticed a worrying increase in the use of plastic netting in new lawns. This plastic mesh not only makes carrying out some lawn treatments very difficult but it can harm wildlife and increase plastic pollution in the environment. Find out why farmers are growing plastic embedded turf and how you can avoid this new environmental scourge.
I received this interesting question in August 2020 about crane flies attacking a lawn year after year. “We’ve had leatherjackets now for ten plus years, gradually getting worse every year. We were of the understanding that crane flies return to where they were larvae.” This is an interesting question about crane flies. Find out more about them and if they return.
I am often asked about mowing your lawn around lawn treatments. I am flexible as to when I visit to apply a treatment and will always be able to work around your mowing schedule, if needed. Mowing around your lawn treatments can be a little complicated. It depends on the condition of the lawn and treatments which are… Read More »
Following Government advice and guidance concerning the Coronavirus outbreak, I have taken the decision to suspend lawn treatments and visits whilst travel restrictions remain in place. With all Government guidance urging the nation to come together to fight the spread of the virus I feel that this is the only course of action at this difficult time.
The spring of 2020 has seen a huge rise in the number of leatherjackets infecting lawns. Two mild winters and a damp summer combined with the eradication of any controls has resulted in an explosion in numbers of the insects. If your lawn looks to be suffering, have a dig around, you may find the culprit. So what do you do if you find leatherjackets in your lawn?