We provide professional, first-class lawn services to Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire.
During Spring your lawn is waking up after the cold of winter and will respond well to any treatments applied. Spring is the best time of year to lay the foundations of a great looking lawn.
Grass responds to the ground starting to warm up by growing vigorously, and your lawn will require the right combination and amount of nutrients to take full advantage of the growing conditions.
Our Spring treatment includes an application of a specialist fertiliser tailored to your individual lawn and the treatment of new moss and weeds. We will advise on other services and treatments to help to bring out the best in your lawn.
Spring is a great time to Scarify, Overseed and Top Dress as this will help remove any moss and thatch that has built up over winter, thicken up your lawn and improve the overall quality of the soil. For more information on these services click here.
We can provide a specially-designed bespoke summer lawn care treatment programme to ensure your grass continues to grow healthily during the warmer months. For our summer lawn feed, we change the balance of nutrients to increase phosphorus and potassium and decrease the nitrogen content as the demands of the grass plant change.
Our summer lawn treatments include an application of a slow release no scorch fertiliser and an application of a broad spectrum systemic liquid herbicide to control common weeds.
Our summer lawn fertilisers have a controlled, slow release and do not have to be watered in. This means your lawn will be nourished for weeks without you needing to worry! The nutrients in the summer fertiliser will nourish your grass for up to 10-13 weeks.
During Autumn we will apply our tailor-made autumn lawn fertiliser and apply a broad-spectrum liquid herbicide to control any new weeds and moss. Our autumn lawn feed is specially-formulated to encourage root development and leave your lawn strong and well prepared for the winter weather.
The warm and damp conditions that we experience in the autumn months can leave your lawn particularly vulnerable to seasonal lawn diseases. Each Autumn treatment includes a thorough health check of your lawn for these seasonal diseases.
Autumn is a great time to Scarify, Aerate, Overseed and Top Dress as this will help remove any moss and thatch, improve drainage, thicken up the grass plants and prepare your lawn for winter.
Our winter lawn treatment service is specifically designed to keep seasonal issues at bay, and your lawn healthy and strong. This seasonal package includes an application of our specially-formulated winter lawn feed, a heavy dose of moss control and a check for any lawn diseases.
Winter is a hard time for your lawn, with the cold weather and harsh conditions leaving your lawn vulnerable to all kinds of issues. Moss can be a particularly big problem for lawns in the UK, even more so in the winter months.
Moss thrives in damp conditions, and the winter weather makes it difficult for a lawn to keep dry. During the winter months, it’s important to stay vigilant and not allow moss to grow and become an issue on your lawn.
Scarification is an essential part of any lawn maintenance programme. Without it, your lawn will be highly susceptible to diseases caused by natural bacteria in the soil.
If dead moss and grass stalks are left undisturbed on your lawn they will turn into thatch (a build-up of dead organic matter that lies on the soil surface). Thatch prevents the flow of moisture to the grass roots, and can thus end up weakening and even killing the grass in your garden. During wetter periods – i.e. autumn and winter – it can also create damp, humid conditions that encourage moss growth and promote grass diseases and fungus. If your lawn feels thick and spongy, scarifying your garden may be necessary to remove the layer of thatch.
Scarification is the process of pulling dead moss and thatch out of your garden lawn. This used to be done using a wire rake, but thanks to modern technology, we now use powered machines that get the job done more efficiently and more thoroughly. In the short term, scarifying your grass will actually make your lawn look worse, but once it recovers the grass plants will be far healthier than before.
Lawn scarification should be strategically scheduled to ensure that it is followed by favourable weather conditions that assist with the lawn’s recovery. Moss control should be carried out 2-3 weeks in advance, as lawn scarification could end up spreading moss spores across the lawn and making things worse than before.
It’s a good idea to scarify your lawn regularly (from twice a year for problematic lawns to every 2 years for others), We will advise you on the best course of action for your particular lawn.
Weeds can be quick to colonise large parts of your lawn and spoil its appearance. Off-the-shelf weed killers may seem effective at first, but unless you address the conditions that allowed for weed growth in the first place, those weeds will soon grow back!
Our lawn weed control service doesn’t just treat the visible part of the weed – it also tackles the conditions that promote weed growth. We can devise a weed control plan for your garden that effectively removes weeds and removes the conditions for regrowth.
We kill weeds using broad-spectrum systemic herbicides that are safe and highly effective. Our weed control products are not available to the general public as they contain specific active ingredients (such as mecoprop, dicamba and 2,4-D) not usually found in retail products
Here are some of the weeds that we can remove from your garden lawn:
Common weeds such as daisies, buttercups and dandelions are usually controlled after a single application. However certain weeds – like yarrow, field wood rush and celandine – require more than one application. Repeat applications will also control new weeds that grow from seeds carried by birds or the wind (as well as those that were previously dormant in the soil).
Weeds are approximately 70% water and will usually decompose completely within 14 days of a treatment.
Herbicides are usually best applied during periods of vigorous grass growth – such as spring, summer and late autumn – when weeds are growing as well.
Lawn moss is usually caused by a combination of excessive moisture in your lawn and weak grass, and as such, it usually becomes a problem in the autumn and winter months. If you’ve found yourself with a moss infestation on your lawn, you must identify why it is growing and tackle that underlying cause in order to prevent the moss from returning. Most moss killers sold in shops are totally unable to do this, so it’s far better to use a specialist moss treatment service.
Moss is probably the single biggest problem for lawns in the UK, but the good news is that moss is easy to kill! Especially with the highly effective iron sulphate moss treatment we use, designed to target lawn moss whilst leaving your grass healthy and strong.
Removing moss from your lawn
Dead moss is fibrous, and unlike dead weeds (which are mostly made up of water), it will not just wither and shrivel away following moss treatment. Instead, it turns into thatch – which does not decompose.
Dead moss must be raked and removed from the lawn, and heavy moss may require scarifying. If dead moss is allowed to stay on the lawn and turn to thatch, it will stop moisture from reaching the grass roots where it is needed. Thatch also creates damp conditions that are ideal for allowing more moss to develop.
Lawns should not be raked / scarified without applying moss control first. You can end up simply spreading the moss spores and making things worse. Be sure to call in a moss control expert to take care of your dead moss for you.
Preventing lawn moss
Keeping your lawn dry and your grass strong is a great way to prevent moss from being able to grow – our seasonal treatments, particularly our autumn lawn treatment and winter lawn treatment, can strengthen your lawn and help defend against lawn moss.
Soil has a tendency to become compacted over time. The soil particles get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall and/or footfall on the surface making it difficult for moisture and essential gases to flow freely and reach the roots of your grass. This can lead to under-developed roots, weak grass, and poor disease / drought tolerance.
Compacted ground can have serious consequences for your lawn, but this problem can be easily solved by aerating the soil.
We use professional grass aeration machines that move across the surface of the lawn and punch metal spikes (tines) 2-3 inches into the ground. This creates hundreds of tiny holes in the ground and loosens compacted soil. If necessary, hollow tines can be used to pull a soil core out of the ground – this helps to remove troublesome thatch as well as aerating the lawn.
Lawns should be regularly aerated so grass roots can develop healthily.
Aeration can help with waterlogging issues by aerating the soil to a depth of 4 inches, then filling the holes with sandy top dressing to act as miniature ventilation shafts. This will improve the flow of air and water to the grass’s roots and prevent water damage.
Lawn aeration should be carried out in the autumn with an Autumn feed used to assist root development. After an autumn grass aeration service your lawn may look worse for a little while, but this won’t be the case forever. After a short period of recovery, your lawn should grow back looking stronger, healthier and more vibrant than ever.
If you have an insect infestation in your garden, our experienced lawn maintenance specialists can identify the problem and treat it using an appropriate insecticide.
A turf pest is simply a small creature that lives in your lawn and feeds on your grass and grass roots. They cause significant damage and discolouration and can ultimately kill your lawn if left untreated.
Lawn pests usually appear during the late summer and early autumn months, this is when you should pay particular attention to your lawn and its inhabitants.
Unfortunately, lawn pest infestations can go unnoticed for weeks because many lawn pests originate and thrive underneath the soil. We recommend taking action the minute you detect a lawn pest infestation might be developing in your lawn to prevent extensive damage.
With our Free lawn surveys, you can quickly identify lawn pests and pursue an appropriate course of action to resolve the problem.
Give us a call to discuss your lawn pests.
A densely-grassed lawn is more resistant to weeds, so if your lawn is beginning to look a little sparse, it may be time to overseed.
We recommend overseeding your lawn at least once every 3 years. Overseeding will replace old, dying grass with new, healthy plants to keep your grass thick to resist weeds and moss, fill bare patches and improve your lawn’s overall appearance. Overseeding is best done in combination with top dressing. After an overseed topdressing will help protect your newly sown seeds and give them the best chance of germinating.
A good top-dressing service can be vital in making long-term improvements to the health and appearance of your lawn.
The soil in your garden plays a major part in the development of your lawn. Thin, sandy soils and heavy clay soils are not ideal for lawns, but a good top dressing can alter the nature of your top soil and significantly improve the growing conditions. The right mixture of top dressing will complement and gradually change the properties of your existing soil.
The benefits of applying top dressing or using a top dressing service includes:
Increase soil aeration
Improve surface drainage
Protect newly seeded areas of your lawn
Control & reduce the overall build-up of thatch
Encourage greater rooting
Stimulate grass growth
During spring and summer it is usual that many common garden weeds can grow in the gaps or cracks in drives, patios and paths as well as on gravelled areas. We offer a service that can tackle these weeds and in some cases we can prevent regrowth as well.
Whether your driveway is gravel, stone or tarmac our weed treatment will quickly eradicate the weeds providing a much tidier and pleasing appearance. The results are quick and effective and it can be carried out at the same time as your usual treatment. As with our other services this treatment is completely safe for children and pets.
We have the expert knowledge, products and machinery to treat anything from small driveways to large commercial forecourts.
To find out more about this treatment in relation to your own hard surface areas please give us a call today.
We cover, Church Crookham, Fleet, Farnborough, Mytchett, Frimley, Camberley, Bagshot, Blackwater, Hartley Witney, Yateley, Sandhurst, Eversley, Finchampstead, Crowthorne, Wokingham, Arborfield, Ascot, Sunningdale, Winnersh, Earley and Woodley.