Autumn Leaves !!!!!!!!!
We are now heading into winter although the mild weather is confusing the grass into growing so maybe one more light cut before locking the mower away until next year.
Over the last week we have had increasing winds which are due to continue this week and beyond so hopefully all the leaves will have been blown off the trees in the next week or so but please don't leave them on your lawn to rot as they quickly kill off areas of your lawn when they get wet and just sit there so it is important to get them off your lawn even if only into the borders where they will do less damage.
New Service From Lawn and Weed Wirral - LAWN CLEAR
If you need any help in clearing off the leaves on your lawn just give us a call and we will give you a quote over the phone,text or email, we are here to help not only our valued customers but anyone who simply needs some help with lawn clearance.
September 2015 - Important things to look out for on your lawns !!!!!!!
Firstly sorry for not giving out any tips for a while but i felt this news is important so please look out for....... Cranefly and their larvae - Leatherjackets
This is what they look like
Holes from birds pecking at insects
Dead areas appear as the insects eat the grass roots
Another problem that we see a lot of this time of year is -
Worm casts cause a lot of damage to lawns at this time of the year with very little benefit to your lawn, if you have a lot of casts on your lawn then let them dry and brush them away with a stiff bristle brush and try not to flatten them when wet as they will create dead areas of grass.
Or you can give us a call and we can treat the area with a worm suppressant to send the worms deeper into the soil which will greatly reduce the destruction caused by this problem - just give us a call.
Nigel Carr 07786198239
Welcome to our lawn care diary for March 2015
March has started very mild and temperatures are slowly on the climb so now is the time to start looking at your lawns if you haven,t already done so. Be warned though winter isn,t over just yet so be careful of what jobs you get stuck into.
Not to do just yet - over seed any bare patches, day temperatures may be alright but we can still have frost over night which will prevent germination.
Morning frost - don,t mow and keep off your lawns until the frost thaws.
Things that can be done - remove any debris off the lawn such as leaves, rotten fruit etc if not removed the recovery will be slower
Run the lawn mower over your lawn an a high setting just to take the top off and tidy up
Start to look at applying fertilizer to give your lawn a wake up call, or better still give Lawn and Weed Wirral a call for a free no obligation survey.
Turfing - if you have a new lawn to lay or want to do some repairs with new turf then now is a good time, choose quality turf and don,t skimp, pick it up and if it is good it should not tear and prepare the ground carefully.
Things that MUST be done - If a moss control has been applied correctly you will have patches of brown dead moss this needs to be removed so the lawn can breathe again rake it out yourselves or give us a call and we will be able to mechanically remove it - March through to April are best for this to aid recovery but be warned it is brutal and can make your lawn look very bare. In most cases there will be bare patches that will need re seeding and a dressing applied
This was pulled from a lawn recently - all moss no grass a gardeners nightmare! The best treatment for this is to identify and eradicate the cause then deep scarification Take a look on our youtube click the link below
Not a great help in your lawn as they operate near the surface and make more of a mess than benefit, worm casts need brushing off when hard or better still use a worm suppressant to drive them deeper under ground, they also attract moles as they are a main food source for these destructive pests.
So the grass is waking up as spring is just about here, start to mow your lawns on a high setting and gradually lower the blade and if you don,t use LWW for your lawn care select your fertilizer and weed killers carefully as we see a lot of lawns destroyed by applying the wrong treatment at the wrong time'
We will answer any questions you have if we can - just give us a call.
Japanese Knotweed has been in the press recently regarding how invasive it is and lenders being reluctant to loan money if there is any of this weed present on a property.
We can treat this weed and arrange for Insurance backed guarantees which are needed to secure a sale or purchase, if you think you may have it give us a call and we will have a look for you.
After year 1 of a Herbicide Treatment Plan put in place
Following brushcut and disposal on site ready for the next years treatment
Wishing all our customers a very happy new year and all the best for 2015
Although January is usually wet cold and windy there are some things you can do to give your lawns a head start in spring as long as the weather permits however if the weather turns cold then you could always do those jobs that keep getting put off ! Like painting the fence and jet washing the decking.
Snow and Frost We have been lucky so far and have had very little frost or snow with the climate still being mild for the time of year, however there is still time especially on the higher ground so if or when we get the big freeze try to keep off your lawns as walking on frozen turf will damage the grass sward leaving it weak and open to disease and less healthy going into spring. Once the snow and ice has thawed have a look over the lawn and remove any fallen debris that may have been trapped under the snow before it has time to kill off the grass.
Puddles Through periods of heavy rain or melted snow low lying areas may suffer from puddles forming on a lawn for long periods which will damage the areas affected unless the water is removed so use a garden fork to spike the area to help the water soak through the soil, this will also allow airflow down to the grass roots. If water remains on an area it will compact the soil removing all the tiny spaces between the earth which then prevent the grass roots developing as there are no gaps to grow into.
Moss & Thatch Without doubt one of the worst conditions to control in the uk partly due to our climate which is perfect for moss spores to grow and along with shade and poor ground conditions all combine to aid moss growth. If you look across your lawn and can see light green patches it is likely to be moss and depending on how much there is will depend on the course of action required, usually deep scarification. Moss has no roots and does not decompose easily so should be removed after it has been treated or it will suffocate the grass. Have a walk on your lawn and see if you leave footprints if you do then it is highly likely that you have too much moss & thatch (dead matter) in your lawn. Our winter treatment controls moss and stimulates the grass so you will see some areas turning brown or black that will need removing at the correct time of year - spring.
If anyone would like advice or have any questions just give us a call anytime.
Diary for December
Firstly a big thank you to ALL of my customers for your business throughout 2014, it is very appreciated Thank you very much.
Due to the continued mild weather one more cut may be possible but be quick set your mower high and just take a light clipping off before any frost moves in or we get some very wet weather then give the machine a good clean down and park it in the shed until spring.
Once again these little fellas are causing harm by leaving hundreds of casts across your lawn, try to brush them off when they dry and don,t flatten them as it will create soil patches allowing moss etc to develop. They can be treated and kept a little bit deeper in the ground so if you have a problem with them let us know.
These creatures are Leather Jackets which are the larvae from Crane Fly or Daddy Long legs the insects that kids pull the legs off ! The eggs that have been laid will have hatched by now and they will start to feed on grass roots so look out for the tell tale signs like brown and dying off grass and numerous birds on your lawn in a feeding frenzy. If you suspect that they may be in your lawn give us a call and we will have a look for you. These insects are very destructive believe me you don,t want them in your lawn.
Leaves ! Leaves ! Once again if leaves are left on the lawn they will starve the grass from airflow light and water, the grass will dye off quickly and again make it easy for moss etc to move in so get them off the lawn as soon as you can. We can blow them off the lawn for you if you give us a call hopefully most are down now so one final clean up.
If a lawn gets puddles forming in the same spot after rain the soil will become compacted over the winter so when the area dries out give it a good forking to alleviate any compaction allowing airflow to the roots again. It may require the hollow building up with soil and seeding in the spring.
Finally if we get any ground frost don,t walk on your lawn as you will damage the grass sward leaving it open to disease so wait until it has thawed out, after snow has melted it is vital to get the airflow going again to resist disease so once the ground has dried out enough spiking the ground will help enormously, if the lawn has been spiked earlier in the year then it will be in a better condition to recover.
Wishing you and your families a great xmas and a happy new year. Nigel Carr
November Diary for Lawn Care and some Do,s and Don,ts
Your grass usually stops growing this month although the mild weather bucks the trend slightly so don,t put your mower away just yet as you may be able to cut your lawn one more time - very lightly please !
If you manage to get a last cut in raise the height and just take a clipping off and brush any worm casts away first.