"The beast From the East", Spring Lawn Treatments , Lawn Renovation, Lawn Makeover, Independent lawn care and Treatments in West Sussex, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Emsworth, Aldwick , Middleton-on-sea
So it’s been a little while since I have had time to update my blog, it’s been so hectic over the winter period.
The weather caused by “The Beast from the East” means its frozen grass and ground so we won’t be putting any products down until the conditions improve which won't be before next week and that means I have a little admin time to catch up.
Just a quick reminder that with the amount of frost and snow forecast for this week its best to stay off the grass until its a little warmer as this reduces the potential for damage when the grass is a little brittle.
I am just finalising our Spring Lawn Treatment programme and booking in those essential scarification and aerations and filling our limited slots for full lawn makeovers / lawn renovations., Take a look at our lawn renovation page on the website for before and after photos of some of the fantastic renovation / makeover results we had last year across West Sussex and Hampshire including Chichester, Rowlands Castle, Bognor Regis and Aldwick
The early part of the year is full of conferences and seminars, I try to get to as many as possible as its important I am up to speed with what’s new and how my industry is changing whether through, new products, new ways of working or the impact of legislation on what we can do, when and how.
In January I was at the Annual Conference of the UK Lawn Care Association, it is always a great opportunity to network with other Independent Lawn care Companies from across the UK and to meet with all the major suppliers of the products and machines we need to deliver the best results for our customers. I always learn at these events and come away better prepared for each new season.
I have commented before on the withdrawal of the chemical controls for pests like Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets and this year we had a presentation from BASF who are the main manufacturers of Nematodes, the remaining biological control. Listening to their expert explain how to get the best result from this natural product just reinforced what a challenge we have and why being able to properly explain each step and why it’s important is essential. Everyone in our industry talks about how difficult it is to get customers to irrigate lawns when its dry, whether that’s to keep them green or help new seed, well the simple truth with Nematodes is, if the rainfall is not plentiful, if you don’t water then don’t waste your money on them as you won’t get the result your looking for.
Every year regulatory change seems to remove a product or two from the market and this year is no different and in the summer of 2018 we will lose the last contact fungicide able to deal with diseases such as Red Thread so we will need to be ever more vigilant and work harder on cultural practice and customer education
It’s therefore more essential than ever that we make sure we manage health of the plant but also the condition of the soil that supports it
That’s one of the reasons why Lawnrite’s Spring Lawn Treatment will be an Organic based feed for all our customers in West Sussex and East Hampshire, as well as being a balanced feed its great for the good organisms in the soil.
We know how important scarification and aeration can be for the health of the plant and soil and to help further we are adding some additional products to help with the soil nutrition, structure and health, these are particularly useful in the clay soils that dominate across much of West Sussex and Hampshire.
The new products and learning are all additions to our tool box to help give customers the luxurious lawns that they are looking to us for.
The ability to be flexible in our use of products and being able to learn from such a wide range of contacts is what is so healthy about being an Independent Lawncare / Lawn Treatment company and not part of a franchise with the potential organisational limitations that brings.
Hopefully Spring is just a couple of weeks away………………!
Summer Sun, Lawn RENOVATION, lawn treatments, lawn diseases, lawn Care, chichester, Portsmouth, emsworth, bognor regis
So last night we had the first decent rainfall for weeks which should see a little more green on most lawns. Sadly the forecast for the next couple of weeks shows little sign of any more water falling from the heavens to help with the thirsty grass, so remember, if you are able, to give the lawn a heavy drenching at least once a week and keep that mower blade high until the dry spell breaks.
Despite the lack of rainfall its still possible to make a difference as this lawn in Pulborough illustrates after just one treatment and some good irrigation, lush green and thickening up.
It may be dry and in the middle of summer but so long as you follow the rules you can still bring tired and sad areas back to life.
Last month we were asked if we could renovate a lawn in Chichester which had been decimated whilst builders completed a renovation of a barn conversion, we could see from google earth how pristine it used to look but the house owner was delighted when we said we could revive it. We got to work controlling weeds before spending a day, preparing, aerating, scarifying, feeding, seeding and top dressing. The bottom image shows the lawn 18 days after that work and that's despite the hottest June days on record. Its all about helping the grass with good preparation, good irrigation and follow up care.
And here's another lawn renovation also completed in June, this time in Portsmouth.
It's not just the lack of rainfall that is a challenge, the hot and humid weather is loved by fungus and we have seen lots of red thread and the one below, brand new turf , is under attack by fusarium which we controlled using a fungicide spray. As I always say if you see something not quite right with the lawn get in touch its always better to tackle something early.
So tomorrow we are working a little out of our area in Henfield tackling a clover problem across a housing estate, that's about a hectare of weed spraying so bubble bath tomorrow night but then we are waiting for the boiler man to come to restore our hot water....................................!
Lawn diseases, lawn RENOVATION, lawn treatments and lawn care in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Emsworth, Barnham and the surrounding areas
Wow, the Great British weather, a few days of much needed rain, then fantastic weather and both for the bank holiday!
I love, hot, sunny day’s and evenings, getting home from treating lawns across West Sussex, sitting out in the garden or entertaining friends and family with a BBQ. I think relaxing on or by a lush green weed free lawn makes it all even nicer and brings out the colour of the rest of the garden.
This is a picture of my own small garden, it’s so vibrant at the moment.
These long hot and dry periods can be very stressful for a lawn and like us, in this heat, your lawn gets thirsty; so remember to water deeply once a week, deeper watering encourages the plants roots to extend further and if you can, its best to water before the sun is on the lawn. Raising the mower cutting height a little also helps the grass cope with the high temperatures.
The grass is growing like mad after the recent rain, so we are topping up the nutrient levels with our early summer feeds; these are designed for the higher temperatures that the season brings.
The humid warm conditions are loved by some lawn diseases and I have been asked to help with a number of outbreaks over the last few days in Aldwick, Chichester and Emsworth, its mostly Red Thread but there have also been some reports of leatherjacket and chafer grubs damaging lawns so please keep an eye out for anything amiss, early identification and action will always give a better result.
These warmer temperatures help with the germination of newly planted grass seed, so long as you are committed to a rigorous regime of watering you can get great results, this picture was taken this month 16 days after we completed a lawn renovation in Aldwick, near Bognor Regis in West Sussex.
If you are putting seed down remember to protect it with a thin layer of top dressing and keep it moist until the seed has germinated and new grass is growing well.
That's all for now, as always get in touch if you want help or advice about your lawn.
Drought Warnings, happy customers - Spring lawn care treatments, Lawn Disease's & Pests in bognor regis, felpham, emsworth, Porchester, lee-on-solent, chichester and southsea
Its so gratifying when a customer takes the trouble to send a picture of their lawn because they are happy, this one near Porchester gets a lot of use, was full of weeds and very thin when we started treating it.
As a small business it often seems we are constantly writing cheques and paying invoices and, as the accounts team is me, the pain of the money going out feels personal!! There is an exception and that's when we are rewarding customers for recommending our services.
We have spent a few hours this morning writing letters and envelopes to send out some M & S gift cards to customers who have recommended us to their friends or family. Its fantastic that they have such confidence in us, so the least we can do is give a little reward that can get a bottle of bubbles to enjoy in the garden when the weather is good.
I love it when its warm and dry, there is no better job when the sun is shining and we have had some fantastic weather on the south coast these past few weeks. I spent Easter with the "in laws" in Leeds and because we work outside and are a little tanned already this year the first question on arrival "have we been away on holiday", the answer "you might not recognise it, but we get something called the sun on the south coast" !
Whilst the sun shining is good and makes me happy, its mid March since many areas have seen any significant rainfall and that means many lawns are starting to show signs of stress. If you can get the sprinkler or hosepipe out to give the grass a good drenching once a week it will help and if the dry spell keeps up raise the blade on the mower a little to help reduce evaporation.
The variable temperatures gradients are causing a number of lawn fungus outbreaks so if you see anything amiss with the lawn please pick up the phone and let us know, it far easier to deal with a an outbreak early and before any serious damage has occurred.
Soil temperatures are now perfect for our "Ultimate Lawn Moss Control" treatment and the visible results as the moss breaks down and the grass spreads to dominate is so much gentler, then blackening and the stress of scarification and raking.
As always if you have a question or concern about your lawn, get in touch by email or phone.
On safari in aldwick, west sussex, lawncare and lawn treatment advice and service in chichester, bognor regis, emsworth, portsmouth, lawn pests, chafer Grubs, leather jackets and nematode treatments in west sussex , lee-on-solent, middleton-on-sea
Wow, what a fantastic weekend with record temperatures and unbroken sun shine, it’s been dry for a good few days now and the forecast for the south coast suggests no significant rainfall this coming week so if your lawn is looking thirsty give it a good soaking and remember that a deep occasional watering is best.
I do love to see the local wildlife in my customer’s lovely gardens and as the climate is warming so the species are changing, this fella was found in a garden in Aldwick, West Sussex soaking up some rays, the little fella in the back ground is Rascal, a Labrodoodle, that’s another perk of the job meeting everyone’s pets.
Every year I am asked to look at lawns in Emsworth, Chichester and Bognor Regis and the surrounding areas that have been damaged by lawn pests and as the soil temperatures are on the rise, so biological treatments for Leather Jackets and Chafer Grubs can again be purchased. These are common lawn pests and can be devastating to lawns.
As we move into spring and the soil warms keep an eye out for signs of leather jacket larvae damage. These critters can destroy a lawn so reduce the potential for damage by checking for grubs. These beasties range in size from 1-3cm; they are the larvae of the crane fly. They love the roots of the grass plant and happily munch away for months unnoticed as they live just under the surface until they emerge as adult daddy long legs in late summer / early autumn.
Regulations changed in 2016 and there are no longer any pesticides that can be legally applied to control these pests.
Are you are worried you may have them lurking in your lawn?
Are you noticing birds or animals digging and picking at the lawn?
Are any area’s thinning or looking stressed, pay attention to the edges of the lawn; is the root structure weaker than elsewhere?
If you see any signs of trouble try digging a few holes in the suspect area, use a trowell or small fork to lift a little turf, just go down three or four inches and see if you can find any grubs.
The damage can be extensive as this picture illustrates.
So In the absence of chemical control can anything be done?
The good news is that there is hope, but first be sure you have identified the grub correctly – if you have Chafer grubs rather than Leatherjackets it a whole different ball game – your Lawn Care company should be able to identify the grub for you.
If you find leatherjackets and the population is of a size that worries you, then you could try covering the whole lawn (or just the affected area) overnight with black plastic sheeting, make sure the soil is damp, this encourages the grubs to come to the surface so they can be picked off and destroyed. Simply gradually roll back the cover in the morning and remove the grubs as you go.
There is an organic remedy and that’s to use 'Nematodes' these are tiny worms that enter the grubs infecting them with a bacterial disease that kills them. Nematodes are available from a number of suppliers and the good news is that you don’t need a licence to apply them.
Nematodes can work but as living organisms, to increase your chances of successful control, you need to follow the storage and applications instructions. If you cut any corners then you are likely to have wasted your money with what can prove a very expensive treatment.
The 'nematodes' need to be refigerated on receipt and applied before their use by date, make sure you have worked out how you will apply them before ordering, if you are planning to use a hose applicator check your water pressure is sufficient..
The work needs to be done when the sun is not direct so early or later in the day if its sunny.
The ‘nematodes’ need a warm soil 12C or above, so it’s best to invest in a soil thermometer, (they can be purchased online) remember to check day and night time temperatures and in shade and direct sunlight as the temperature will vary across the lawn.
If you are applying by watering can or applicator make sure the rose or any filter has big enough apertures to allow the ‘nematodes’ to flow through, make sure everything is clean..
‘Nematodes’ work best in the Autumn but if you are attempting control in spring the treatments will be at a higher density, it’s not possible to overdose
Once you have applied the ‘nematodes’ then you need to make sure you keep the soil damp for the next two / three weeks to help them move to their prey, if the soil dries out its unlikely the treatment will work.
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As always if you need help or advice or have a concern about your lawn or lawn pests just get in touch me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 216333
Balmy weather, sea mist, lawn rennovations, lawn weed treatments, non franchise independent lawn care advice, west sussex, emsworth, bognor regis, chichester, Selsey and surrounding Areas
I recorded the temperature at over 17c in this garden in West Sussex, this new customer keeps some areas as natural meadow but we are asked to prepare and improve the lawn for a celebration towards the end of April.
From this angle all looks ship shape but close up there is heavy moss, thactch and weed clumps.
Usually, with the extent of moss and thatch I would reccomend scarification but as we need the lawn to look better for April, we don't want to risk the weather intervening and slowing recovery so we have agreed a plan to make the lawn look better for the planned get together and complete the heavier work later in the year.
I started with a moss control and "Headland Quick Start" spring feed and am back this week to complete a weed control. Further visits will follow over coming weeks and we may perk the lawn up just before with a seaweed spray if its needed.
Flexible Lawncare planning is what being an Independent non franchise company allows us to do.
Once we have reduced the moss and thatch levels we may look to move this plan to our "ultimate moss" programme to stop future build up of the problem moss and thatch.
After spending a few hours putting down the moss control we headed off to treat some customers who prefer an organic feed programme.
I am busy with spring treatments at the moment and, for the most part, the weather is being very kind but........
Spending so much time by the coast means the sun can quickly disapear and this week we had sea mists rolling in so one minute its in the high teens and five minutes later I'm reaching for the fleece and flask of coffee (black no suger in case you are wondering),
Its also the time of year when the phone and email enquiries flow in, the one's I realy like are when someone has seen our work and/or had us reccomended to them and asks us to make their lawn look like their neighbours, there's an example below, the lush green one, we take care of and just over the fence is the chalenge we got to start work on this week, we will soon have it in tip top condition.
As soil temperatures are rising, we have recorded double figures in some lawns, so pests and diseases can cause some problems, please keep an eye out for any unexpected changes to the lawn, it might be nothing but best to check it out to avoid problems further down the line. Its a few weeks before nemotodes are available to protect from and /or treat leatherjackets and chafer grubs but orders can be placed now for early delivery, always follow the instructions for use to the letter to get good results.
I was reminded of the damage these pests can do when I visted a customer in Chichester whose lawn was destroyed last year by leatherjackets, we were able to deal with the pests but it was too late in the year to consider rennovation. This week we prepared the ground, overseeded and put down a thin layer of top soil / top dressing to protect the seed and encourage germination. Seed needs to be in contact with the ground/soil and have moisture or it will not germinate. I will be back once the plant starts to grow to give it a nutritional boost to help it establish, this process is much more cost effective than re turfing.
Annoyingly I discovered vine weevil grubs in some of my fruit tree pots this weekend so I have been busily dealing with these critters and will be applying nemotodes when they are available. I only found them by accident, they had been munching on roots but above the surface all was fine, just goes to show we all need to be on our guard as nature has a way of throwing challanges at us.
As always get in touch if you need advice of help with your lawn.
Weed Control, Lawn Feed, Lawncare, Lawn Treatments and rennovation in Pagham, Aldwick, Bognor Regis and Chichester
After yestrrdays balmy temperatures we are out and about, if slightly colder, completing more spring treatments in Aldwick and Pagham. The front verges in the picture show the difference our work can make. The grass at the bottom, which we take care of, is lush green, weed and moss free. The one at top is full of moss, daisys and other broadleaf weeds, we dont treat that one!
We have started to see soil temperature hit 9 degrees so we are completing our first lawn rennovation of the year this afternoon. Its a lawn that was destroyed by leatherjackets late last autumn. We were able to control the pests but it was too late in the year for us to overseed.
So i have already dealt with the weeds and today will prepare the ground, lay seed then top dress to protect the seed and help it germinate, its much more cost effective then laying new turf.
If you need help getting your lawn in shape this spring, get in touch.
Lawn scarification and spring moss control in West Sussex, Bognor Regis, Arundel, Chichester and surrounding areas.
This week we took the machines out of storage and got to work removing moss from new customer lawns to help the grass take back ownership of the lawn.
There are short windows in spring and autumn to do this work as the lawn needs time to recover. Right now works as its warming up and the grass is growing so the lawns will be right for the BBQ season to come.
We remove a lot of moss and thatch and to deal with any remaining moss we also apply a spray straight after the scatification
We then apply a feed formulated for the season to give the plant a further boost.
It helps if the lawn is cut short before the process so that the blades of the machine can do their work, the lawn will also look tidier afterwards.
Never scarify when the lawn is very dry or very wet, if you step on the lawn and squeese out water its too wet.
If your lawn needs a moss reduction plan, then get in touch, the ground will soon be warm enough for our "ultimate moss control" treatment.
If your keen on "DIY" lawncare this video from The Royal Horticultural Society provides a good guide to some spring activity.
We have some new treatments this year which can tackle moss and algae on hard surfaces without the need to presuure wash, so if you have fences, driveways, patios, decking or pathways that need help to get ready for summer give us a call.
Spring Lawn Treatments, Lawn Care and Lawn Rennovation in West Sussex, Bognor Regis, Tangmere, Chichester - Lawn Care Tips and advice
On Monday I started my Spring treatment programme, this is timed to work with the rising air and soil temperatures so the grass can thrive from the start of the season.
We also tackle weeds that are also starting to show as the weather improves and if there is lingering moss we will deal with that as well.
If your treating your own grass take care to follow the label instructions on the products you use. Its better to spend a few extra pounds on good product designed for the season and tools to apply it then much more on repairing damage caused by two much or too little put down at the wrong time.
The photo at the top is a customers lawn in Tangmere West Sussex, thats the back lawn, the front is below. They both look great and thats before i apply the spring tonic and the reason is the treatment we applied in the autumn which helps the grass over winter.
At the moment some lawns are still too wet to mow, but if you get the chance to cut be gentle at first and never cut more than 1/3 of the blade, your lawn will thank you all year if you don"t cut it short in spring.
Tomorrow, if the conditions are right, we will start some spring scarification work, this is when we use our machines to remove thatch and moss from the turf, Its an invasive process so the lawn can look a little jaded afterwards but we also apply treatments which, along with the warming conditons, means recovery will be quicker. This is me in Walberton West Sussex this morning putting down feed.
We are tracking the rise in soil temperatures as its critical to some of our treatments particularly our "ultimate moss control" but also for laying seed and lawn renovation. Remember if you are trying to fill any bare patchs that have developed over winter you will get better results if you sprinkle a little top soil/dressing on the seed, just enough to cover not to smother and don't let it dry out.
Remember grass seed does not last forever so if you have a box of it thats been sitting in the shed for a year don't be surprised if your results ane not great if you use it.
If you use good seed and a little care you will get great results without spending a fortune in new turf or "miracle" patch repair kits.
If you woukd like your non franchise lawncare expert to help give me a call.
Happy Lawns, Spring Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Treatments in Aldwick West Sussex. #springisintheair, #firstdayofspring, #firstcutoftheyear.
I popped in to see this customer in Aldwick West Sussex last week, she was worried about a little redness on the lawn as she thought it might be a fungus called"red thread". I was able to tell her that the "reddish" tip of the blade was a symptom of the end of winter, just below all was fine and just to complete the first lawn cut of the year to bring up the green. A few days later I receive this photo and the comment "the lawn has never looked this good this early in the year", happy days.
In the autumn we scarified and aerated these lawns and used a low nitrogen feed all helping to maintain the grass and roots through the winter months. I am starting my spring treatment programme next week so this lawn will be looking even better very soon.
Quick reminder that if you do see something that worries you on the lawn, give me a call or send me a photo, it's better to be deal with anything early and it's all part of the service.
Oh and on the same day the neighbour asked me to start a treatment programme for her lawns as they need a little "Lawnrite Love". #firstdayofspring, #springisintheair, #independent lawncare
Hi I'm Annie and I love lawns and gardens. I own and run Lawnrite providing lawn care advice and treatments across East Hampshire and West Sussex