Ribble Valley lawn care is provided by Clive’s Gardening Services (CGS). A local small business who treats every garden they work in as if it were their own. Clive’s Gardening Services cover the Ribble Valley and all local areas.
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The banner image is a common site for lawns for Clive when a client rings Clive and ask him to visit them for a free no-obligation estimate. For regular lawn care maintenance, Clive uses his Eco-friendly battery-powered mower, strimmer and blower wherever conditions allow.
More details on our Ego Power Tools are featured on two of our blog.
Also, on the blog page on our website, CGS have a blog about other ego equipment which we use for commercial gardening every day.
Our Eco-friendly range has been a great addition to our toolkit, it is much quieter, which allows us to cut lawns earlier without disturbing the client and their neighbours. There are no smelly petrol fumes, the battery can last most of the day depending on the size and quantity of lawns cutting. It’s nice and light so it doesn’t sink into your lawn like a petrol lawnmower of the same size would.
Once your lawn has been cut and you have some lovely stripes on that turf, the next thing is to get your edges looking sharp.
Sharp Lawn Edges
With a nice cut to your lawn, the best way to finish it off is to have those edges cut nice and sharp. Whether your lawn is round or square Clive can cut those edges, so they look sharp.
There are edging solutions available on the market which Clive can install to make edging your lawn a low maintenance job.
Cutting and edging the lawn is the easiest part of lawn care, some gardeners will happily turn up every fortnight do this and leave.
However, turf covers the majority of most people’s garden, yet it gets the least attention. That is why I have put the banner image on this blog as a picture of a lawn 95% lawn moss and 5% grass. In the real world that is how most people’s lawns are. Everyone wants a lawn to be proud of, but they do not know:
- How to achieve it.
- How to maintain it
The blog below shows a lawn Clive brought back from a neglected lawn to a lush greensward.
A lawn needs to be fed like all your other plants in the borders, tubs and hanging baskets in your garden. It needs to be fed with the right feed for your lawn. If your lawn has a heavy moss infestation, then the lawn treatment needs to be one which deals with moss. If your lawn does not have moss it will need a different treatment.
If you are applying feeds and they are doing nothing that is because the lawn will have a thatch layer that is so dense that nutrients (feed) are not getting through. If this is the case your lawn will need to be scarified.
(More on scarification is a minute.)
From 2021 Clive’s Gardening Services will be moving over to Child and Pet-friendly lawn treatments. They contain no chemicals. These products are endorsed by the RHS – Royal Horticultural Society.
The grass will stop growing at about 6c this is normally late October to early November but with climate change and the seasons merging this can now be as late as early December. When turf is dormant it is a good time to book CGS to scarify your lawn.
Scarifying is quite a harsh process, CGS always send the link out to there blog (see below) before scarifying a client’s lawn.
Scarification is the removal of thatch and moss from a lawn. Lawn thatch is tight layers of grass growing horizontally through the grass which stops, air, water, fertilisers and nutrients getting to the turfs root system. If the conditions of your garden are better for moss growing rather than grass growth lawn moss will soon take over your turf. Here are some of the main reasons for moss infestation.
- Not removing leaves off the lawn in the autumn.
- Irregular mowing.
- Lack of lawn fertiliser.
- Shaded lawns.
- Poor soil quality.
- Heavy rainfall.
- Hot and dry summers
CGS get called out to lawns in all conditions, below a lawn that had not been cut for 12 weeks, this front garden was turned around in four hours.
Lawns should be scarified in the Autumn, September to November and also again in the Spring, March to April if required. Obviously, every lawn is different and has a different amount of moss and thatch.
The below lawn was scarified because of thatch.
This area of turf had scarification because of a moss infestation.
Clive’s Gardening Services recently invested in a new Weibang scarifier in late 2020
Why does my lawn have thatch?
If your lawn is compacted due to hard wear and tear and it is not aerated annually it will have thatch and poor drainage.
Lawn Core Aeration or Hollow Tining
Early 2021 Clive’s Gardening Services upgraded their manual tuning fork to this brand new petrol-powered Weibang Aerator machine below.
Aeration is also known as tining, the hollow tines are like an apple corer and as the cylinder rotates on the machine it pushes out the last rows tines out of the tines. When going over a lawn depending on lawn size there are normally thousands of tines cut from the top layer of soil.
With the cores cut out, it will reduce the compaction and increase drainage and increasing air intake into the grassroots which is important for healthy grass root growth. A couple of examples of compacted turf would be underneath a washing line or in a children’s play area.
When the thatch and soil are compact it reduces air, water and fertilisers (nutrients) getting into the soil layer under the grassroots.
You can have your lawn aerated any time of the year but Clive’s Gardening Services recommend the Autumn, September to November or in the Spring, March to April. Obviously, every lawn is different and has a different amount of compaction.
Overseeding and Topdressing
Once scarification and hollow tining have taken place a lawn will normally require overseeding to thicken the turf and fill holes where moss and thatch was. After overseeding has taken place it is time to top-dress the lawn.
Some basic lawn care requirements:
- Mow your lawn regularly at the right height.
- If the weather is warm water the lawn before it turns brown.
- When cutting new edges make sure you have all the right tools.
- To maintain a lush green lawn regular feeding is a must.
- Remove worm casts, once flattened they will be ideal landing patches for weed seeds.
- Remove large weeds individually.
- Regular aeration is a must to relieve compaction and to improve drainage.
- Top dress after aeration this will improve drainage, help feed the lawn and fill any minor dips.
- Keep edges cut with good sharp long-handled edging shears.
- If you have a female dog you will end up with “female dog spot disease”, when a female dog squats the urine collects in a puddle and the high level of nitrogen burns the grass. To avoid this, walk your dog more or empty watering can on the area after the dog has urinated to dilute the urine.
If you are about to have your garden designed here are some points to consider for your new lawn area:
- Trees around a lawn will create shade, food shortage and water shortage for the lawn. The normal result is sparse turf and lots of moss.
- Banks are not ideal but sometimes it’s a must due to your land, a hover or lightweight mower can cope with this.
- Bulbs in a lawn, crocuses and daffodils look great when in flower, but they take about 6 weeks to die off so you can’t cut them down if you want a display next year. Which means long grass around them.
- Shape, a traditional lawn is square or rectangle but a lot of people like curves, don’t have small curves as it will be a nightmare to cut.
- Placing pots and furniture on lawns, you will end up with no turf under pots and wear patches by furniture.
- If you have a flower bed within your lawn which is next to the path, make sure there is at least a 3ft gap between them.
- Flower beds position them in the corners so as not to spoil your stripes.
- Make sure you can easily access the lawn with a mower.
- Stepping stones on lawns will reduce wear but make sure they are sunk.
- Overhanging branches will cause the same issues as no1, prune as required.
Below is an image of why Clive’s Gardening Services don’t like Astroturf. It isn’t maintenance-free as advertised!!