So Wednesday was the last day for our aeration and Scarification work until spring 2017, time to get the machines serviced and let the body recover from all that raking and bagging!
The weather has been kind to us through September and October and, at the moment; the forecast for the next couple of weeks is still mild for the time of year so it might still be a bit early to retire those mowers just yet.
Once those temperatures do drop winter should be a quiet time of year for the lawn but here’s some simple tips to help keep the grass healthy into spring:.
Once the growth stops try to keep foot traffic to a minimum.
Only mow if the grass is growing and the ground conditions are firm enough.
Don’t walk on frosted grass.
Sweep up fallen leaves, the grass still needs that sunshine and it lessens the chance of disease.
Fungal disease can still be a problem at this time of year so if you see something that does not look right, please call as it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The end of October brought about a change in the way common lawn pests, chafer grubs and leatherjackets can be tackled, the last chemical treatment, which was very effective is no longer available to legally apply.
The good news is there is still a treatment, nematodes, these are natural organic predators and can be watered in to the lawn to deal with / prevent these pests from damaging the lawn.
You don’t need a licence to apply this treatment so, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions you can complete this treatment yourself. The main drawback is that the nematodes need the right temperature and conditions to be effective.
If you need help or advice on any lawn problem please call or email, we are always happy to provide advice.
Its incredible how much damage can be caused by little critters like Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets. This picture was taken this week by our friends at Lawnrite Hitchin it shows a lawn that has been decimated by Chafer Grubs and a close up of the little culprits.
If you have seen patches developing on your lawn and birds digging down for a feast, dig a little under the turf and have a look for any insect activity. If you think you have a problem or want to take preventative action - take at look at my page on lawn pests for advice or call me - its the best time to take action and I am being called to a lot of lawns with insects in Emsworth, Chichester, Bognoir Regis and the surrounding areas.
Please call or email me for advice or help with any lawn problem.
So it's that time of year again, the weathers a bit changeable, the mornings and evenings darker and it's time to think about helping the lawn prepare for winter and to recover from summer usage. So whether that's dealing with the compaction caused by the kids playing by aerating or removing the thatch that has built up through the growing season our machines are out and about. This is our first week of machinery work, the picture is yesterday of me aerating and scarifying a lawn in Aldwick. It's the same every year in this week using muscles that have not been used since last year so a few aches and pains, hot baths and the odd medicinal vibation!
its a great time to repair the years wear, to overseed and deal with any straggling weeds while they are still growing.
feeding now needs to be balanced for the season to not encourage too much growth as the temeperatures drop.
As the leaves fall remember to get that rake or blower out as the grass can quickly suffer from the loss of sunlight .
And so to another day in Aldwick with those machines .
So the forecasters are predicting record high temperatures for the time of year, shame it looks like it will be just a brief interlude!
I have been busily scheduling the all important autumn scarification's and aeration and everyone should hear from me with a proposed date in the next week for their treatment. Its such a manual process to work out the visits but I am excited as I am migrating my business to a new platform which means scheduling becomes so much easier in the future and i will have access to much better tools which will reduce the admin I need to complete and mean I can concentrate even more on my customers.
I received an e-mail from a new customer who had their first treatment earlier this summer
"The lawn is looking better and we are pleased with the improvement so far.
Andy@ Pauline Blumer"
Its always nice when people take the trouble to say they are happy.
So I am sat here after completing some treatments in Emsworth, very much looking forward to the weekend but finding myself drawn to the weather forecast and the rain that's on the way to make Saturday a little soggy. I am seeing a number of lawns that are gasping for a little water so tomorrow should green up a few.
The way the weather is means that lawn fungus disease is still a problem and those pesky leatherjackets and chafer grubs are starting to make an appearance, there are natural products available to deal with the pests which don't need a licence to apply but they need to be applied before the soil temperature drops.
If you see any patches appearing to spread on your lawn or birds digging into it take a closer look and maybe dig down a little to see if there is anything feeding on the grass roots.
If you need help get in touch.
So now back to the weekend................................enjoy it. Annie x
So today we changed our logo, thank you Alan and Dana at Quite Fancy That - www.quitefancythat.co.uk for the impromptu help!
Then I get back to the office and see a lovely review from one of my customers
“We have used lawn treatment companies in the past, without much success. Electing to treat our own lawns, we again achieved only limited success; until Annie from Lawnrite came along and solved our problems.
Annie was friendly, offered expert advice, and two treatments on a trial basis; coming back to inspect progress in two weeks as promised.
We are so pleased with the results; we have now made a twelve month agreement with her to treat our lawns.
We would highly recommend Annie of Lawnrite,on the basis of her knowledge and expertise,in the field of lawn care.
Chris & Suzanne -Aldwick, West Sussex”
So a good day all round and the sun is due back in a day or so................smiles all round.
Its always great to wake up and find one of your customers has taken the time and put the effort into posting a review on Google. As a small business, competing with much bigger companies, it helps so much and is also just nice to see.
I am so excited! We launched our own web page last night, we built it ourselves so it may not be the slickest in the world but its ours and I love it. Its packed with loads of advice about taking care of your lawn. I am going to be posting regularly on here with hints tips and offers so please follow or sign up for our newsletter.
As its our site we can change and update it when ever we want and we don't need to rely on anyone else so I promise we will keep it up to date and seasonal.
I hope you find it useful.
Take care I am off to treat some lovely lawns.
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
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