Lawns fulfil a variety of purposes in a variety of growing conditions, and this means a substantial array of maintenance needs!
Whether your lawn is putting green perfect, a safe family play space, or maybe somewhere in between, we can help keep your lawn at its best.
Fertiliser & Nutrition
A vigorous and healthy lawn looks and feels beautiful! For an established lawn, once the growing conditions are right, regular mowing is the most important part of maintaining your lawn's condition.
However, there are a variety of treatments which reinforce a healthy lawn. When using the fertiliser treatments (whether organic or synthetic), we take care to apply the appropriate nutrients depending on what the lawn needs. This can be for seasonal reasons, for example higher nitrogen in the spring to promote growth & higher potassium in the Autumn to promote development of root structures. Alternatively, a fertiliser may be used to address a nutrient deficiency or other issue causing poor performance.
Establishing New Lawns
Sowing from seed or laying "roll out" turf are both perfectly good ways to establish a new lawn.
The main advantage of laying turf is that its more of an "instant lawn" also, you can lay turf any time of year except in frost!
The chief advantage of sowing seed is that you have a greater selection of grass varieties to choose from, and some consider the immediate after care to be (a little bit) more forgiving.
In each case both preparation and after care are key. A "roll out" lawn can appear to be taking hold after a few short days, but if neglected in dry weather the sod will shrink without regular watering. If you're going on summer holidays after having a roll out lawn put down be prepared for it to be in a sad condition when you get home!
Depending on personal preferences and what the surface is used for, it can be important to the lawn owner to have a "zero tolerance" approach to anything other than a fine fescue growing in their lawn, whereas others prefer to have the occasional daisy or wildflower popping up.
From the outset it is important to consider which group you fall into. This is important for your choice of fertilisers and your weed control measures.
Equally if you have a strong stance on the organic versus chemical approach this will impact on your choice of weed control measures and and the type of care given.
Thatch & Moss Control
Scarifying and Aeration are the traditional methods of controlling for moss and thatch development. Moss will sometimes develop due to a period of neglect although, all too frequently, moss creeps into shaded areas where conditions are right. Thatch is that hard, yellowy drier straw like stuff that sometimes develops in the under layer (beneath where the lawnmower blades normally mow). A little bit of thatch can sometimes be disregarded but, if it persists thatch reduces the ability of the lawn to develop a good sword and root structure.
Path, Boarder & Bed edging
The edges of your lawn give it definition. Well maintained edges make a garden appear and feel tidier, and at the same time help reduce unwanted elements creeping in from the boarders.
There is no such thing as a "low maintenance" lawn. In the growing season an unmown lawn will quickly develop into a meadow, and a overgrown patch shortly thereafter, unless it is mown regularly. However, how often it needs mowing depends on the lawn itself as well as the nutrition being applied. Some lawn surfaces at times are mowed daily in the height of the growing season, whereas the majority of family lawns will need to be mowed weekly or fortnightly depending on the requirements and care schedule being followed.