June 2021 Newsletter

After a very wet May and warm start to June lawns are growing fast, so mowing at least once a week is important. However higher night time temperatures and humidity increase the risk of lawns being infected by diseases such as Red Thread.
 
If you are in the Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Great Missenden, Tring, Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead areas and would like a free lawn analysis and quotation for a Lawnkeeper lawn care programme, please give us a call on 01296 821861 / 07773 779235 or email: n.gamble@lawnkeeper.co.uk
 

 

Posted by Nigel Gamble in Aylesbury, Aylesbury News

Newsletter: May 2021

Where April gave us very dry weather and persistent cold nights, May has brought a fair amount of rain and the cold nights now appear to be behind us. The warmer weather and moisture in the soil should provide very good growth potential for the lawns in the coming weeks. However, along with this we are also starting to see the emergence of weeds, especially in weaker parts of the lawn.

The most common types of weed found on a lawn are classed as “broadleaf” (e.g. buttercups, dandelions, daisies). The leaf of these weeds prevent sunlight reaching the grass and stops water from reaching the soil beneath. Eventually, if untreated, these weeds can leave unsightly bare patches on the lawn.

In our Spring Application, in addition to a slow release fertiliser with an appropriate balance of nutrients for this time of year to strengthen the grass, we use a professional selective herbicide to attack the weed infestation. We then apply a further two doses of weedkiller in the summer and autumn as part of our recommended annual treatment programme.

If you’re not already one of our customers then do get in touch to arrange your free lawn analysis and quotation, and to discuss how Lawnkeeper Worcester can help you achieve a lawn to be proud of in 2021.

Posted by Andrew Gaut in Worcester News

March 2021 Newsletter

With the exception of a brief spell of snow and freezing temperatures last month, it has been another mild and wet winter resulting in many lawns becoming waterlogged and a resurgence of moss. However high pressure will remain dominant for the rest of this month, bringing settled, mainly dry conditions and light winds with temperatures expected to be near or milder than average.
 
So if you haven’t managed an initial cut yet, try to do it sooner rather than later as the importance of regular and careful mowing cannot be overstated and is a must for a healthy lawn.
 
If you are in the Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Great Missenden, Tring, Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead areas and would like a free lawn analysis and quotation for a Lawnkeeper lawn care programme, please give us a call on 01296 821861 / 07773 779235 or email: n.gamble@lawnkeeper.co.uk
 

 

Posted by Nigel Gamble in Aylesbury, Aylesbury News

Newsletter: March 2021

The worst of the winter weather is now behind us and overnight frosts are few and far between. The grass is now awakening from its slumber and as things warm up its going to enter its high-growth spring phase. Some people will have already performed their first cut of the year, but if you have not then please consider this advice:

For the first cut of the year, set your mower to its highest setting so you are just clipping the top of the grass. If you cut off too much leaf then the grass will have to expend a lot of energy in recovering at a time when we’d rather it was developing stronger roots and thickening up the sward.

Lawns don’t necessarily look their best after the first cut, but after a week or so give it another cut, slightly lower. Repeat this process weekly if the lawn is growing sufficiently quickly. It’s recommended not to cut more than one-third off the length of the grass in one mow, and the perfect length is probably between one inch and two inches.

Now is also a good time to consider what else your lawn requires at the beginning of the spring:

Aerating: loosen up that compacted soil to help get air into the root layer, and space for the roots to grow deeper. It will also provide a more direct path for air, nutrients and water to get to the roots.

Scarifying: get rid of most of the dead matter (thatch) and moss in your lawn. This will allow air and moisture to get down to the roots, helping revitalise your lawn. As scarifying will leave the lawn looking a little unsightly for a few weeks, now is a good time to do it so it is fully recovered and looking at its best well in advance of the summer.

Fertilising: the lawn won’t have been fertilised since the autumn so making sure there is sufficient nitrogen available at a time when it is trying to grow strongly will help no end.

We are performing all of the above, and more, during the spring so if you’re not one of our existing customers then do get in touch to arrange your free lawn analysis and quotation, and to discuss how Lawnkeeper Worcester can help you achieve a lawn to be proud of in 2021.

Posted by Andrew Gaut in Worcester News

Newsletter: January 2021

Worcestershire, as with most parts of the country, has had a cold, snowy and frosty start to the new year. Mature, well established lawns can easily see out the sub-zero temperatures we have experienced recently, and whilst there will inevitably be milder and drier or wetter periods later in January and into February, there are a few things to consider regarding your lawn to prevent any damage under cold and frosty conditions:

Keep off the grass!!  Avoid walking on the grass when it is frosty or covered in snow. When frozen, the grass blades are very brittle and may shatter under foot. Wait until later in the day when the grass has had a chance to thaw before walking on it.

Avoid shade. Frost and snow can linger for many days in shady, cold areas of the lawn. Have you got patio furniture or a stack of empty plant pots casting a shadow on the lawn? Move any bulky items away from the lawn for the remainder of the winter.

Don’t mow it!! Mowing grass when it is this cold and frosty will cause long term damage as it cannot grow and recover under these conditions. Instead, now might be the time to give your lawnmower a bit of TLC: does its blades need sharpening? Is it in need of a service? Or maybe now’s the time to treat yourself to a new one!?

Aside from that, admire your lawn from the warmth of your home for the time being – there will be plenty to do outside when the weather does warm up in early spring!

If you’re not one of our existing customers then do get in touch to arrange your free lawn analysis and quotation, and to discuss how Lawnkeeper Worcester can help you achieve a lawn to be proud of in 2021.

Posted by Andrew Gaut in Worcester News

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Posted by Andrew Gaut in Worcester Photos

December 2020 Newsletter

After a wet autumn, lawns are becoming increasingly saturated so do try to keep off as much as possible and be prepared for some grass die back and a resurgence of moss.
 
If you are in the Aylesbury, Princes Risborough, Great Missenden, Tring, Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead areas and would like a free lawn analysis and quotation for a Lawnkeeper lawn care programme, please give us a call on 01296 821861 / 07773 779235 or email: n.gamble@lawnkeeper.co.uk
 

 

Posted by Nigel Gamble in Aylesbury, Aylesbury News