Moss Control

Moss is a serious threat to lawns because it will swamp the grass if left untreated. The result is brown patches in the summer, and soggy patches in the winter. To prevent this, the moss must first be killed then removed by scarifying to allow the grass to thrive.

Moss will thrive in:

  • Damp conditions
  • Poorly drained lawns
  • Compacted soil
  • Shaded areas
  • Soil with low nutrient levels
  • Lawns where the grass is cut too short

Feed & Weed

Weeds pose a constant threat to turf. If your lawn has only a few weeds you may be tempted to ignore them, but they won't go away. These weeds will steadily increase their hold unless the problem is treated. We can eradicate all types of weeds with our selective treatments to give you a WEED FREE lawn.

By treating your lawn four times a year, Lawnkeeper will give you a lawn to be proud of... that's our promise.

Treatment 1 ( March - May )

We will apply a slow release fertiliser with the correct nutrients to give your lawn the best possible start to the growing season. Your lawn is sprayed with a selective herbicide to start killing the weeds.

Treatment 2 ( June - August )

We will apply a slow release fertiliser to ensure there is no flush of growth, reduce the risk of scorch and give the grass a more even performance. We will apply a selective weedkiller to tackle any persistent weeds that may still be in your lawn.

Treatment 3 ( September - November )

We will apply a slow release fertiliser with Phosphates and potash, this will help produce a better root system and harden the grass to make it less susceptible to discolouration,disease and drought.

Treatment 4 ( November - February )

This is the final treatment of the year and is aimed at killing any moss present in your lawn, maintaining that lush green look and hardening it for the winter.

Aeration

The secret behind a perfect lawn lies in the soil. If you have good soil conditions then you get good root growth/development, and this leads to a healthy grass. Roots need air to breathe and air spaces to grow into. Without these air spaces, water can't drain away so the roots drown, resulting in thin stunted roots and a poor looking lawn.

Aeration is the process where the lawn is opened up to allow air, nutrients and water to penetrate the roots. This means a stronger and deeper root growth.

Benefits of Aerating:

  • Improved root growth
  • Relieves compaction
  • Less waterlogging
  • Improved drought tolerance
  • Improved use of fertilisers and rain water.
  • Stronger, thicker turf

Scarification

This is the mechanical method of removing and controlling thatch (decaying organic matter) and moss that can build up and create humid moist conditions for fungal lawn diseases to take hold. Thatch control and removal is crucial in improving and maintaining any area of turf.

Benefits of scarifying:

  • Increased disease tolerance
  • Increased water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil
  • Improved rooting
  • Enhanced infiltration of rainfall or irrigation
  • Helps prevent fertiliser and pesticide run-off from 'spongy' lawns
  • Controls thatch
  • Reduces the amount of moss in the lawn

Disease Control

There are numerous diseases to affect the lawn, here are some of the main ones:

Algae

The green or black slime is made up of microscopic plants and is usually associated with bare or sparsely grassed areas, together with waterlogged conditions.

Fusarium

Small areas of yellowing grass gradually increasing in size, which may merge to form large brown areas of dead grass. The diseased areas may be covered with a white cottony mould.

Lichen

These are leaf - like, brown plates when moist and grey with curled up edges when dry.

Red Thread

This disease is well known and found world - wide. Initially irregular formed spots appear with a light brown appearance, which turn straw coloured during infection. With high humidity a pink, cottony mycelium occurs.

Fairy Rings

These come from fungi which occur in soil. The symptoms are caused by various fungi from the group of basidiomcetes. These fungi spread the mycelium into the form of a typical ring.

Please contact us if you feel you may have a disease affecting your lawn.

Pest Control

The most common pests found in lawns in the UK are:

  • Ants
  • Chafer Grubs
  • Leatherjackets
  • Moles
  • Worm Casts

Contact your Lawnkeeper Technician for the best possible solution.

Wetting Agent

Wetting agents are used to help move water away from the soil surface and down in to the soil profile where it is needed.

The benefits of using wetting agents are:

  • To give a uniform wetting of the rootzone
  • To increase the rate of photosynthesis
  • To improve seed germination, root development and vigour
  • To reduce irrigation requirements
  • To relieve dry patch symptoms
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