How you can gain the most from our service
Our Lawn Care Treatment Programme is a layer of lawn maintenance on top of your current lawn mowing and edging regime. The correct slow-release food sources and controls that we will be applying to your lawn will see you gain the very most from what you do at current in the garden, and may even inspire you to do more!
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Mowing is the most performed lawn care task - it is the process of pruning the grass plant. Frequent mowing at a suitable height of cut, using a sharp blade is a common theme amongst our best lawns. During optimal growing conditions, a healthy lawn should be cut at least once per week.
With regular pruning at a healthy height (25-40mm) your lawn, when combined with our treatments, your lawn will soon be thicker, greener and contain fewer weeds than ever before. Regular mowing means not breaking the one third rule. No more than a third of the total height of the grass plant should be taken with any one cut.
Should you remove too much grass with a single cut then this shock to your lawn will cause it to yellow and weaken. Frequent ‘little and often’ mowing will work hand in hand with our service. It is important that you do not mow your lawn for 2 days before and after our Lawn Care Treatment Programme visits.
Along with fertilisers, we will be treating your lawn for weeds during this time and we want to give these products their best possible chance of hitting their target. We recommend that you, pets and children keep off your lawn for a couple of hours after treatment until it has dried.
The only time we would suggest dropping your height of cut or mowing just before our visit would be if we were carrying out a scarification call as this allows our scarifying machinery good access to the thatch layer (dead grass).
The grass plant is the same as any other plant – it requires water to survive and thrive. Grass is a hardy plant and if you choose not to water, it usually returns to health when water does become available again. Here are our top tips for a drought period:
- If environmentally conscious, looking to make the most effective use of natural rain, or have a lawn with a historic issue of localised dry patch, ask about our Stress Buster Treatments. These utilise the latest technology where two applications per year of this product will reduce watering requirements by up to 20% - gain the very most from natural rainfall and improve recovery following a drought period.
- Raise the height of cut during a dry spell. Preventing the crown (base) of the grass plant from drying out will prevent it from dying in a period of drought – protect it.
- The best time to water your lawn is of an evening. This will give your lawn the maximum time to absorb what has been applied. Water deeply but infrequently. A real drenching once per week just 5-10 times over a warm summer period could save a great deal of autumn repair work. Light watering will encourage shallow-rooting.
- Don’t be tempted to cancel your upcoming lawn treatment - this will hinder not help! Fertiliser is applied in advance of the benefit. Waiting for the lawn to green again is wasting valuable time and conditions. Brown lawns will recover much faster with our fertiliser present. Our summer fertiliser products contain non-scorch technology.
Weeds can enter our lawns by many means. Some weed seeds can lie dormant for a number of years, and some weed seeds are able to blow in from lesser kept areas of turf. With our wet, temperate climate they are a never-ending battle.
As a Lawn Assured and Amenity Standard Accredited company, you can be safe in the knowledge that the herbicide we apply to lawns is in safe hands. In line with best practice, we only blanket spray for weeds where required, and look to spot treat where possible. This becomes increasingly possible when following good mowing and watering practices.
Leaves when left on lawns can cause grass dieback, yellowing, and an increase in moss and disease. During the shorter days, your lawn needs all the light that it can get to get the best from it and take as much health forward to the following spring as possible. Regular leaf clearance in the autumn / winter months, certainly just before one of our treatments is a must for a great lawn. Don't forget about your lawn just because it is winter - it will thank you come the spring.