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Lawn Care in Essex & Suffolk

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Lawn Mowing

Ideally a lawn should be mowed little and often, never removing more than around a third of the grass height in any one cut to help retain the lawns vigour. Regular light mowing will ensure a short, green and even sward, as well as suppressing lawn weeds. I use a selection of high quality mowers to keep your lawn looking trim and in good condition. I always recommend that grass clippings should be composted on site or disposed of in a garden waste collection bin. Our specialist mowers can also provide a mulching, recycling facility in which the mower cuts the clippings many times into very small pieces which can then be returned to the lawns surface in a fine mulch - this helps retain nutrients for the lawns future growth and reduce the time and expense of composting or disposing of the clippings. If you require me to remove grass clippings from your garden to be composted or disposed of elsewhere, then there is a charge associated for this service.

Lawn Edging & Trimming

A neat edge between lawn and border is essential to give your garden a cared for and well maintained appearance. Grass has a natural tendency to spread laterally and over the course of a summer will begin to invade herbaceous borders which creates a neglected and untidy look that really detracts from the beauty of the garden. At least once a year, the lawn edge should be re-cut with a half moon cutter to create a neat edge to the lawn. This is best performed in the spring, after which regular trimming of any overhanging grass is easily achievable with shears at the same time as the lawn is mowed to maintain a neat and managed appearance for the duration of the summer.

Lawn Feeding & Fertilizing

An essential and ofter neglected factor in maintaining a lush and healthy lawn! Because by their very nature, lawns are regularly mowed they are constantly being depleted of nutrients when the grass clippings are removed. Natural leaching of nutrients by rainfall also depletes the nutrients available in the soil for the lawns growth. To compensate for this either liquid or granular feeds can be applied during spring and autumn, which will give your lawn a vital boost and reward you with a much greener and lusher surface to enjoy.

Lawn Watering

Although lawn grasses are extremely hardy and durable plants, prolonged dry periods in summer can cause areas of the lawn to dry out and scorch which leads to unsightly dry patches. It is therefore essential to water regularly in dry spells to ensure lush, green turf.

Scarification, Aeration & Top Dressing

Scarification is essentially deep raking of the lawn to remove moss and thatch which encourages stronger grass growth. This process is usually undertaken in autumn. The moss and dried grass is then removed from the surface of the lawn after raking. Because a lawn is subject to a lot of compaction due to the traffic of people over its surface, the soil can become compressed which reduces the amount of air and water available to the roots of the grass, preventing it from growing lushly. This can be alleviated by creating vertical holes in the lawn using a fork or specialist aerator tools that allow the penetration of water and air to the plants roots. Again this is usually an annual process completed in the autumn and often only needed in areas that receive heavy foot traffic from people. Top dressing is again usually undertaken in autumn and involves spreading a fine mix of sand and compost very thinly over the surface of the lawn which enhances soil structure and helps to retain nutrients in the lawns surface.

Weed Treatments

If you cannot tolerate lawn weeds such as dandelions, daisies and clover then these will need to be removed. If you prefer to garden organically I can remove these weeds by hand for you. If preferred, chemical treatments are also available which combine weedkiller and feed to kill weeds, whilst at the same time boosting the grasses growth to make future invasion by weed species less likely.

New Lawns - Turfing and Seeding

There are two ways to create a new lawn - either turfing or seeding. Prior to using either method the site must be cleared, dug over, leveled, raked and fertilized. Turf laying is the quickest option for creating a new lawn and can be walked on after around three weeks. Sowing seed is cheaper but needs time and the correct conditions to allow for germination and growth. After germination it takes around six weeks before it can be walked upon and will need around six to twelve months to establish fully before it can tolerate heavier prolonged usage. Both methods require regular watering in the first few weeks until established.

To discuss your requirements, please call 01473 567678 or 07421 031034, or alternatively email

chris@southsuffolkgardening.co.uk

If I am working on site or with a client, I may not be able to answer your call immediately, so please leave your number and a message, and I will return your call as soon as possible.

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