August is here and with no rain scheduled in the immediate future we have some top tips that will help your lawn through the rest of the summer.
If your lawn has become thin or patchy with any evident dead areas, now is a great time to plan any repair work to be carried out in the autumn. Scarification, Aeration and Over-seeding is the perfect combination of treatments to revive and regenerate tired, even drought-stressed lawns. For more information contact Will’s Norfolk Lawns.
The month of June has flown by and thankfully treated us to some heavy downpours along the way. With the driest months of the year still to come, here is some advice to help your lawns through the rest of the summer.
Red thread disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Laetisaria fuciformis (formerly known as Corticium fuciforme). It infects and kills leaves of grass but it does not usually kill the plant. Unfortunately, it affects some most of the common lawn species that we see including creeping fescues and perennial ryegrass.
Red thread disease shows up as brown patches on a lawn if you look closely you will see fluffy white/pink blobs and the pink thread-like structures that give the disease its name.
It is common for lawns to get red thread disease in warm, humid weather when temperatures are between 15 and 24 degrees Celcius, usually the autumn but sometimes in the spring too.
Red thread disease is nothing to panic about since it rarely kills the plants. Most lawns will bounce back from red thread rather quickly, especially with an application of fertiliser or biostimulant. A fungicide may be used but this can do more damage than good in the long run as you may be upsetting the natural balance of beneficial fungi in the lawn soil.
Most professional lawn care companies find that an application of fertiliser with nitrogen will cause the grass to grow so that the red thread can grow out. This is usually enough to prevent it returning again that season.
The spores of the fungi can survive for up to 2 years in our climate and are spread by wind, water and by the movement of animals and people. It’s said to prefer soil with a pH of 3.5-7.5 meaning that alkali soils would fair better.
Ensuring good airflow to the lawn will help prevent the damp conditions that favour all fungal diseases. Pruning overgrown shrubs and trees will also help provide more light to the lawn making it stronger and better able to resist disease.
Aeration and scarification are highly advised. Aeration will help with drainage and soil health and scarification will remove thatch preventing the moist conditions that favour all fungal disease.
If your lawn is suffering from Red Thread following the recent damp and humid weather conditions, please get in contact with Will’s Norfolk Lawns.
The month of May has flown by, with very little to no rainfall at all. Due to the lack of moisture our grass is already beginning to suffer, with many lawns starting to turn brown. This is something we are getting used to as our summers tend to be getting warmer and drier, however maybe not quite this early in the year! Although your lawn could be showing signs of stress, there is still plenty you can do to help them through this difficult time. Here’s how…..
With barely any rainfall at all since the middle of March, watering your lawn has become a must. The grass plant is just like any other plant in that it not only needs water to thrive, but also to survive. Our watering advice for the remainder of the summer:
Water deeply, infrequently. Watering your lawn for 10-15 minutes ‘here and there’ during this time of year won’t do much good at all. Ideally, you should be watering your lawn to saturation point once or twice per week. This allows the moisture to flow through the soil and into the root zone. This may not keep your lawns in the lush green condition you desire, but it will prevent the grass plants from dying off completely. Which would leave you with a large renovation job in the autumn. Each time you water, look to apply at least 25mm of water to the lawn. Doing so in the evening when the heat of the day has passed. Based on 2019 Anglian Water figures, it costs just £4.01 to apply 25mm of water to your lawn.
Due to the distinct lack of water taken in by our lawn and soils, the rate of growth for our grass has slowed down. However, along with your watering, you should still continue to mow once or twice per week. We advise you to raise the height of your mower during dry spells. Cutting too short can increase stress to the plant and encourage the development of moss and weeds. We certainly don’t want that. Remember, regularly change the direction of your cut too.
Summer is a great time to have tables and chairs, a pool or even a tent on the lawn. Whilst they help the summer be more enjoyable they can cause a problem for your lawn. Be sure to move them every couple of days to avoid your lawn getting those horrible looking yellow patches.
Will’s Norfolk Lawns hopes that you are staying fit and healthy during this prolonged unprecedented spell. For further information on your lawns or upcoming treatments, please get in touch via phone or email.
Annual Meadow Grass or Poa Annua is very common and a widespread problem throughout the whole of the UK. It is easily spotted due to its pale/lime green colour, thicker texture and seed heads. The seed heads is what causes Poa Annua to spread so readily and it’s the reason the ‘Poa’ becomes a problem year after year.
This grass type can seed for eight months of the year with each plant capable of producing 10,000 seed heads. It germinates very quickly and tends to be shallow rooted. It can grow in almost any environments, however it is particularly suited to wet fertile conditions. Just like weeds, the seeds of the Poa can lay dormant in soils for long periods of time before germinating. It is able to withstand very low cutting heights and areas of high traffic, which enables it to thrive successfully.
As Poa can produce seed heads at various heights, we do not advise trying to remove the seeds by lowering your mowing height. As the seeds can be thrown up as low as 10mm, trying to combat this by mowing can put your lawn under extreme stress.
We recommend regular verti-cutting, scarifying and over seeding with a ryegrass mix. Keeping your lawn in a thick, healthy condition with a good soil profile can help keep the Poa at bay. This is an ongoing battle that all sectors of turf care face, including sports pitches.
The majority of April gave us little rainfall in Norfolk, with some lawns showing signs of stress very early on. Thankfully with a couple of heavy downpours during the last week, our lawns have started to perk up once again.
Another month into the year means we have more tips and best practices to help you maintain your lawns to the highest standard possible. Here’s how….
The month of April can be a very busy time for our gardens. With the winter behind us and the temperatures rising, now is the time to crank up the effort for our lawns. Here are Will’s Norfolk Lawns top tips for April:
I have been carefully following developments and guidance about the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. It is now clear that Will’s Norfolk Lawns has a social responsibility to temporarily alter its working methods in order to enact on governmental advice to protect those who are most vulnerable in our community. The following changes will therefore be implemented with immediate effect:
Confirming the treatment call
We will continue to send our service emails prior to our call. We are keen to ensure that you maintain the ability to raise questions or concerns about your lawn. You can do this by either emailing or telephoning before the visit. We can then deal with or assess your concerns at our visit. If you need to make contact within 48hrs of the advised treatment date, please call or text to ensure they are dealt with in a timely manner.
Rather than knocking on your door or ringing the doorbell to make you aware of our presence, instead we will get straight to work. Please make sure your gate is unlocked prior to our visit, if you need a 30 min text I am happy to send one.
On completing the treatment:
If we notice anything abnormal with your lawn or have any concerns, we will contact you by email or telephone to discuss this further, rather than discussing this with you in person as would be our usual preference.
We will do all we can to maintain our high standards and service levels throughout this difficult time and appreciate your understanding and support in advance with this matter.
With a long, wet winter now behind us (we hope!), it is now time to start ramping up our spring lawn care preparations. As the sun is shining more often with that nice feeling of warmth, getting out in the garden now seems much more appealing. We have a handful of top tips to get your lawn in shape ready for the growing season, here they are...
1) Ensure your mower is prepared with a sharp blade ready for regular mowing. A clean cut is essential for the health of your lawn.
2) Look to mow with a little and often approach. Cutting no more than one third off the length of the grass during any one cut.
3) Lightly take or scarify any moss out of the lawn. After a wet winter a build up of moss could be common, therefore removing it from the lawn will help the grass thicken out. Depending on the amount of moss removed from your lawn, over seeding could be required to help the lawn recover.
4) It is a good time to carry out any patch repairs needed within your lawn if any areas are thin or bare. Rake the area to remove dead grass/thatch and prepare the soil for seeding, then apply a seed/soil mix followed by regular watering.
With the excitement of spring being just around the corner, now is the time to ensure you have everything prepared for the year ahead!
Moss has been particularly problematic across Norfolk this winter. With the weather conditions consistently wet, the lawns have not had chance to dry out. This is very good for the development of moss as it needs moisture to thrive. An Additional moss control may be required to keep the moss in check ahead of the spring, with a scarification becoming increasingly necessary during March/April.
Begin mowing whenever conditions allow. With temperatures relatively warm this winter our lawns have continued to grow. If the ground conditions are dry enough it is important to get outside to give your lawn a trim. Little and often is the best approach, just taking the tops of the grass off to keep it healthy and tidy. Remember, your mower blades need to be sharp, so if your mower hasn’t been serviced ready for 2020 yet – now is the time!
We are now in primetime for lawn aerations. Aeration is the most beneficial treatment for your lawn, which should be done at least once a year. The soft ground conditions during February and early March are ideal for fracture-tine, slitting or hollow-tine aeration as the machines can reach maximum depth to improve root mass, drainage and to aid air and nutrients getting deep into the soil.
Although spring may be on the horizon, we could still be at a risk of frost and snow. If either occur do remember to keep off your lawns where possible. Frosty underfoot conditions doesn’t cause a problem, however damage will occur in the form of discolouring or disease if foot traffic crosses the lawn.
2020 could be the year to allow your garden to glow with a lush, green, weed free lawn. We cover the areas of Wroxham, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Poringland, Wymondham, Dereham, Fakenham, Burnham Market, Holt, Sheringham, Cromer, Aylsham and North Walsham – so give Will’s Norfolk Lawns a call to find out how we can help you!
As we enter a new year and decade Will’s Norfolk Lawns encourages all lawn lovers to continue with the essentials for the remainder of the winter period. Whether you’re in the surroundings areas of Norwich, Wroxham, Holt, Burnham Market or anywhere in between we remind you of the following:
At Will’s Norfolk Lawns we would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!
Winter is a quieter time for our lawns as much of nature goes dormant. It is easy to think that lawns don’t need much care and attention, however we have one very important piece of advice for you that applies all throughout the winter months.
It is essential that you keep off the grass if there is a ground frost and you find your lawn frozen. Walking on a frosty lawn may seem harmless at the time, however the damage will become evident once the frost has cleared. If you walk on your frozen lawn you will fracture and break the grass plants, leaving dark discoloured footprints to form which will stay for quite some time. These footprints will remain until they grow out in the spring, although in some cases the damage can kill the grass completely. So please, as wonderful as the crisp white sparkle of a frost looks – Keep Off!!
Remember to continue keeping lawns clear of leaves and debris as often as possible. This will allow your lawn to hibernate healthily and prevent the development of moss and disease!
From all at Will’s Norfolk Lawns – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
Worm Casts – Did you know there are around 27 species of worms in the UK but only 3 create worm casts on the surface of your lawn. Worms are great for your lawns health, however the casts created need managing to avoid damage to the turf. Mow on a high setting during late autumn and winter. Clear leaves quickly from the lawn, as they will attract worms. Brush/blow away worm casts regularly to disperse them. Usually only possible when they have had time to dry little. Avoid walking on them as they will smear and choke the grass underneath, eventually causing bare patches that will then encourage moss and weed growth.
Leaves – Continue to keep lawns clear of leaves and debris. Leaving them laying on the lawn for prolonged periods of time will promote disease, increase thatch levels and cause the grass to thin or die. This will leave you with a large renovation job come spring time to repair the damage. Weeds and moss will fill into the bare patches left from the leaves very quickly, meaning your lawn will become extremely unhealthy.
Now the heat of summer has disappeared and the days are drawing in, lawns are looking all the better since the return of natural moisture. Autumn time can throw all sorts of obstacles at us, and we’re here to give you the best advice possible to keep your lawn healthy.
It is vitally important to keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris throughout autumn. With trees shedding their leaves, this can cause big problems. If leaves are left laying on your lawn for long periods of time this can promote the development of disease, increase thatch levels and kill off grass altogether. So as frustrating as it may be, getting outside and raking up those leaves is a must at this time of year.
A question we get asked regularly at this time of year – “When should we stop mowing?”. Our answer is – if your lawn continues to grow, then you should continue to mow. Your lawn will have started to slow down in terms of growth, however it is important to continue to prune your lawn if it is growing. Raise the height of your mower, leaving the grass longer can help prevent the development of moss.
If you haven’t had your lawn aerated recently we advise you do so. Aeration is the most beneficial treatment that can be carried out on a lawn and late autumn through to early spring is the best time to complete this mechanical process.
Everyone loves a fantastic looking lawn in the summer, however with the natural weather conditions against us, it can be the most difficult time of the year to keep those stripes looking good. With high temperatures and long periods with little rainfall, your lawn has probably started to lose its green colour and become very dry. Although we cannot control the weather (unfortunately), we have a couple of tips for you to help your lawn thrive and survive throughout the rest of the summer.
As temperatures hot up during summer the growth of your lawn will slow down. This means you can mow less often, never taking more than one third of the length of the plant off in any one cut. As always a sharp mower is essential. If temperatures become very hot mowing can actually stress your lawn so it is best to leave your lawn to grow longer. During dry conditions we also recommend increasing the cutting height slightly as leaving the grass a little longer will help trap moisture by reducing evaporation from the surface and encourage deeper roots to grow; all of which will improve drought tolerance. If the lawn is not growing at all due to drought conditions then do not attempt to cut it. If you’re going away on holiday, especially for more than a week, it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to mow your lawn. Regular mowing is important to maintain your lawn’s appearance and if it gets very long during your absence you will need to mow careful to avoid significant deterioration in its condition.
Summer is the time when drought can occur and lawns may turn brown and straw coloured, but there’s no need to worry; this is natural and established, well-maintained lawns will invariably recover once the rains return. Newly laid turf must be kept well-watered, but established lawns do not need to be watered routinely. Lawns with a high content of fescues and rhizomatous grass types are deep-rooting and tend to be more drought tolerant. They will go brown during dry conditions, but colour will return when rain arrives. Good maintenance at other times of the year, including aeration and appropriate feeding will help your lawn’s rooting and its ability to withstand and recover from periods of drought. If possible, avoidance is better than cure and the only way to prevent drought is to water the lawn. Where possible, it is best to water at the first signs of drought, when the grass is still green but starting to show signs of stress, such as little growth and a dulling of the normal bright green colouration. If you can water try to do this evenly, in the early morning or evening, when the water is more likely to soak in. Remember to follow any local regulations when using water in summer.
With a busy spring time coming to an end we are heading full speed into summer and we want to make sure you’re as prepared as you possibly can be!!
This spring has seen very little rainfall in East Anglia with soils already becoming extremely dry. This is not good news for our lawns, especially those on lighter soils. To keep a lawn looking and growing healthily, grass just like any other plant needs regular moisture. With temperatures becoming warmer throughout the year combined with minimal rain, it is never too early to get your sprinkler out.
When watering your lawn aim to do so early morning or in the evening, this will avoid evaporation. A 1m2 area of grass will require around 20L of water every 7 days during dry periods. Be careful not to over water as this can cause further problems. Little and often is best during the summer.
The height of your mower when cutting the lawn should be between 20-40mm. During hot/dry spells it is best to leave the grass a little longer in length, this helps the plant retain moisture and can prevent it from drying out so quickly.
If you have any bare patches in your lawn it is best to try and repair them sooner rather than later. Use a soil/seed mix and ensure you keep the areas moist at all times to help germination.
As I’m sure we’d all like to avoid a summer like the one in 2018 which severely damaged many lawns, be sure to give your lawn the best chance. With watering being the key, here are a couple of things that might be of interest to you….!!
Best for newly seeding areas: Leaky Hose
For lawns up to 220m2: Small Gardena Sprinkler
For lawns up to 490m2: Large Gardena Sprinkler
We are proud to be members of the UK Lawn Care Association. This is specifically for independent lawn care companies across the United Kingdom that agree to comply with a ‘code of practice’ which includes providing the highest standard of professional service as well as a knowledgeable, bespoke, efficient and friendly service to homeowners throughout the UK.
Now we’re coming into the time of year when it’s likely you’ve completed your first cut and will be mowing regularly from now on, it’s important to get a few things right for the benefit and health of your lawn.
Ensure blades are sharp so you can achieve a clean cut. A blunt blade will rip the grass which causes stress to the plant leading to yellowing in lawns. This is because when tears occur it becomes difficult for the plant to absorb water and nutrients. Don’t mow too short, different species of grass may require different cutting heights so be sure to research the optimum height your lawn needs to be cut at. In general mowing at a height of 20mm-40mm will keep stress of the grass at a minimum.
Scarification is a mechanical rake like process that removes dead matter and moss from around the stem of the grass plant, allowing for a healthy growing environment above and below the surface. The best times of the year to scarify are during March, April, September and October when the ideal conditions to aid recovery are available. Scarification will encourage new growth and renewed thickening, think of it like a spring clean for your lawn.
Over seeding your lawn will infill damaged, bare or thin patches giving you a thicker, denser lawn. It can also improve the colour of your lawn and reduce the invasion of moss and weeds. Spring and autumn are the best times to over seed your lawn when growing conditions help germination, there needs to be regular warm temperatures with plenty of moisture available. Grass plants are at their best for the first five years, therefore regularly scarifying and over seeding your lawn to keep it rejuvenated is very important.
No one lawn is the same therefore each one needs to be treated differently. If you feel your lawn would benefit from scarification and over seeding call us on 07584 598275 and we would be happy to provide you with the advice you need.
Now is the perfect time to think about aerating your lawn. Aeration is one of the most beneficial treatments you can carry out on your lawn. It relieves compaction, allows more water and air penetration as well as getting nutrients into the root zone. Roots cannot grow through soil, they grow into space between the particles in the soil. Therefore if the soil is compact it becomes difficult for the roots to become strongly established and access the goodness it needs. By aerating your lawn and punching thousands of small holes into the ground this will improve rooting capacity and provide a much healthier grass plant.
If you haven’t done so already you may soon be thinking about mowing your lawn for the first time this year. Before you do so there are a few things you should know. Ensure your mower has been serviced and the blades have been sharpened. It is important to get a clean cut on the grass. Blunt blades can tear the leaf which will lead to discolouring and disease. When mowing do not take off anymore that 1/3 of the grass at any one time. By mowing too short this can prompt the growth of moss and weeds and promote the development of disease. So if your lawn is quite long, start mowing on a high setting and gradually lower the height.
Try to avoid walking on the lawn when it is frosty. The frost by itself does not damage the lawn, however when you walk across a frosty lawn this can fracture the grass leaves causing them to bruise and break. This can also leave ugly dark coloured footprints in your lawn once it has thawed that could stay there for quite some time.
Just like frost, snow by itself is not a great problem for your lawn. However a disease called Snow Mould (see Lawns Problems – Diseases) may appear once the snow has started to thaw. This usually happens where there has been a particularly dense area of snow, for example where a snowman was built or where extra snow has been put onto the lawn when clearing a path or driveway. As Snow Mould can kill the grass it can cause quite a problem.
If your lawn has been left in such a poor state following the weather conditions in 2018, we are offering a FREE aeration on all lawns that also need scarifying, over seeding and top dressing. To see how a Will’s Norfolk Lawns renovation could benefit your lawn, visit the Lawn Renovation page under the Our Services section of our website or call us to find out more.
Keeping your lawn clear of leaves and debris during the autumn and winter months is extremely important to the health of the grass. Leaving it covered with debris for long periods of time can promote the development of disease and also kill the grass off. At Will’s Norfolk Lawns we are now offering a lawn clearance service from as little as £15. We will come to tidy your lawn and can bag the debris ready for removal to keep your grass healthy all year round. Call us on 07584 598275 to find out more.
Stay up to date with the goings on at Will’s Norfolk Lawns as we will be posting weekly news articles with treatments news/advice, lawn updates and anything grass related to help you care for your lawn throughout the year.