Your Lawn problems
A beautiful lawn doesn’t just happen by itself. Your lawn could be host to a number of problems, diseases, or disorders, which could cause it to either not look its best, or have an even more detrimental impact.
We are lawn experts that are trained to analyse, treat, and cure lawn problems as they appear. We are even able, in 99% of cases, to prevent lawn problems occurring in the first place. Whatever the problem is we can sort it out.
Lawn Analysis Report
Our Lawn Report will include the following 14-point analysis:
- Age of the Lawn
The age of the lawn is a general indicator of the likelihood of lawn conditions, such as thatch and compaction. In practice the older the lawn, the greater the thatch levels.
- Past Feeding Programme
This helps us to understand the reason for the appearance of some lawn problems such as the difficult lawn weeds.
- Grass Species
There is a number of grass varieties commonly found on lawns. Identifying the types of grass on your lawn, enables us to understand the potential of your lawn, as well as providing insight into its' ability to withstand stressful conditions.
- Common Weed Identification
We will identify some of the common lawn weeds such as daisies, dandelions, clover, buttercup, plantains, sorrell etc.
- General Weed Infestation Level
This is an indicator of the general level of weed penetration on your lawn. Don't worry though, the higher the weed population the greater the difference you will notice!
- Moss Infestation Level
We find that moss is a particular concern to most lawn owners. Identifying the level of moss infestation is an important indicator for us too, and helps us recommend the best course of treatment for your lawn.
- Surface Thatch Level
Surface thatch is the name given to a layer of organic material, i.e. grass cuttings, rotten leaves, just above the soil line. Surface thatch is one of the major causes of moss on a lawn and needs to be reduced. Spiking or raking has very little effect on surface thatch. Specialist scarification equipment is best employed to reduce this layer.
- Sub-Surface Thatch Level
Sub-surface thatch is similar to surface thatch, except the mat or thatch is found beneath the soil line. Sub-surface thatch reduces aerobic action in the soil as well as preventing nutrients from reaching the roots of the grass. As a result the roots on lawns which suffer with sub-surface thatch are very close to the soil line, and as a consequence very weak. Raking has no impact on sub-surface thatch whatsoever and spiking is almost as futile. Hollow-tine aeration is the best way of reducing sub-surface thatch on a lawn.
- Soil Structure
The type of soil a lawn is laid on will have an effect on the lawns health and growing habit. We like to know what lies beneath. We will take a core sample to identify your lawns main soil type.
- Soil Compaction Level
We like to know the level of compaction in your soil, i.e. how tight or loose the soil is. The more compact the soil, the weaker the lawn and the more likely we are to recommend Hollow-Tine Aeration/Verti-draining.
- Hollow Tine Aeration Recommendation
Based on a number of conditions we find on the lawn, we may recommend hollow-tine aeration. Depending on the significance of the problem we might recommend it be carried out immediately or we might suggest it be carried out at a later date.
- Scarification Recommendation
Based on a number of conditions found on the lawn, such as surface thatch, we may recommend scarification.
- Disease/Insect Analysis
Some patches and conditions on your lawn may be due to a lawn disease such as red thread, fusaruim. We need to know this to provide the best information for your lawn. Some lawn diseases are due to malnutrition and the lawn requires little more than regular feeding!Insects on a lawn can cause havoc. Your lawn might be suffering because you have a problem with casting worms, or worse still, leather jackets or chafer grubs.
- Other Contributory Lawn Conditions
There are a number of other environmental factors contributing to the current condition of your lawn, i.e. amount of shade, presence and position of trees. We can identify these factors and discuss them with you. We have found that the main reason why lawns are covered in moss is because many of us like to cut the lawn as short as the grass on the local golf green or cricket square. Lawns won't thank you for this. Moss will though. We will let you know if you are killing your grass and feeding the moss by your mowing practices.