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Wiltshire

lawntips-firstimageChoose your nearest LawnTender office for enquiries or to arrange your FREE assessment and quotation

We have offices covering North, Central and South Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset

Just give us a call or drop us an enail and we'll be delighted to give you a FREE, no-obligation lawn assessment and quotation. Any time of year is a good time to contact us and experience our goal of no weeds, no moss and no hassle!

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contactus-firstimageChoose your nearest LawnTender office for enquiries or to arrange your FREE assessment and quotation

We have offices covering North, Central and South Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset

Just give us a call or drop us an email and we'll be delighted to give you a FREE, no-obligation lawn assessment and quotation. Any time of year is a good time to contact us and experience our goal of no weeds, no moss and no hassle!

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Introduction

Lawn tips

Lawn tips

lawntips-firstimageOur lawn tips will help keep your lawn looking good and healthy between our scheduled treatments.

Mowing

Tips about mowing your lawn...

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Apart from a regular feed and weed programme, mowing the grass correctly is one of the most important activities to improve your lawn. In our experience, grass is often cut too short, damaging the grass and creating a browner, weaker lawn.

To create a thick, lush lawn, the ideal length for grass is 3 to 4cm. Cut no more than one third off the current height of the grass. Cutting more than a third can harm the grass, causing brown patches, as will cutting the lawn when it is wet or if the blade needs sharpening.

By the way, you will not end up cutting the lawn more as the grasses energy goes into new shoots of grass rather than height!! If the grass is growing, keep mowing year round – weather permitting. So, please continue to cut the lawn to about 3cm to encourage the grass to grow thick and lush.

Finally, if leaves fall onto the grass, they should be removed as soon as possible or they will damage the grass. Using a lawn mower at a raised height is a good way of lifting the leaves.

Watering

Tips about watering your lawn...

tip-watering

The golden rule is "heavy and infrequent". That means that you should water your lawn heavily every one to two weeks. In doing so, a water layer develops below ground that encourages the roots to grow deeper. Strong roots ensure a stronger, healthier grass.

Thatch and scarification

Tips about thatch and scarification...

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Over time, debris such as dead grass stems and crowns builds-up on the surface of the soil. This restricts air and water flow, limited the grasses ability to develop and creating damp areas that encourage moss. Each year, the thatch layer should be raked to keep it at an acceptable level (6mm). This can be achieved by using a garden rake or by using a machine called a scarifier. This machine can be hired or LawnTender can scarify your lawn using one of the markets leading scarifiers. If your lawn has not been scarified for some years, there may be a layer of sub-soil thatch. This can be removed by using a powerful aerator fitted with hollow-tines, such as those used by LawnTender.

Compaction and aeration

Tips about soil compaction and aeration...

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With ongoing use of your lawn, together with the impact of prolonged hot dry spells, the top layer of soil will become very firm. This restricts water and air flow, impacting grass development. Aeration (spiking holes in the ground many thousands of times) overcomes this problem and should be performed at least once a year.

This can be achieved by using a garden fork, but can be hard work as you need to go into the soil a few inches. Alternatively, you can hire a machine or contact us to schedule an appointment. We offer very competitive rates, use the world's finest machines and offer various forms of aeration (hollow, solid and chisel tines) depending on the specific requirements of your lawn.

Weed control

Tips about weed control...

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There will be thousands of weeds "sleeping" in the soil of your garden and many more thousands looking for an opportunity to jump over your fence and into your lawn! In addition, there will be the weeds already growing in the lawn. The key is to apply an effective selective weed control regularly during the growing season to kill the visible weeds, as well as have a healthy lush lawn. If the grass is in poor condition (lack of feed, mown too low, etc) it enables the weeds to develop and also new weed seeds to gain.

Not all weeds will die instantly and may require further treatments during the year. Patience and persistence is key! Weed killers should be applied (and stored) with caution – always read the label and take notice and the safety precautions. If your gardener applies the weed killers for you, they should be NPTC certified by law. The LawnTender service addressed weed control in two ways – by developing a strong healthy lawn and by killing the weeds with a high quality selective weed killer applied by NPTC certified operators.

Disease

Tips about diseases in your lawn...

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During autumn, your lawn is at risk from various fungal diseases. This can be treated with specialist fungicides, so let us know if you see signs of discolouration or damage to the blades of the grass in patches of your lawn. We will come to assess the cause and discuss the treatment.

Feeding

Tips about feeding your lawn...

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Lawns should be fed year round with a high quality, balanced fertiliser. Ideally, these should be non-scorch fertilisers that do not need to be watered within a few days. The grass in your lawn requires a variety of nutrients throughout the year, the primary ones being nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). When buying fertiliser, check the balance/level of nutrients – this will be the NPK information on the bag. For example, an NPK of 25-10-15 will mean that the bag contains 25 % nitrogen, 10% phosphorus and 15% potassium.

Therefore, in a 20KG bag, 5KG will be nitrogen! In general terms, Nitrogen improves the growth and colour of the grass blades; Phosphorus helps develop strong root growth and Potassium helps protect against disease as well as developing overall hardiness. Typically, fertilisers purchased in garden centres, etc will contain low levels of NPK and tend to provide surge growth to the grass – which is not really desirable and not long lasting.

They will also generally need to be watered into the lawn within 3 days. As part of our service, we provide the correct balance of feeds for each season. Our feeds are non-scorch, do not need to be watered in and will last for about 10 weeks without any surge growth.

Moss

Tips about moss in your lawn...

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In general terms, moss will form where there is a persistently damp area on the lawn. This can be found on poorly drained lawns, where there are bare patches (potentially due to mowing too low) of firm ground where water is retained or where there is a build-up of thatch.

Thatch – which is debris in the lawn formed by items such as dead grass stems, weak grass, lateral growing grass, etc – is a common problem. The thatch retains water, forming a moist area of ground ideal for moss infestations. If shaded from the sun, these patches can remain damp year round, forming unsightly and damaging heavy moss areas on your lawn. Although using a moss killer is popular, the key is to first target the cause or the moss will keep returning. Bare patches should be seeded as soon as possible. To remove the thatch build-up, the lawn should be raked by hand or by using a machine called a scarifier.

To improve drainage, the ground should be spiked with a fork or by using a machine called an aerator. Once completed, any moss left will gradually die as the temperatures increase. Most importantly, when these activities are completed the lawn should be regularly mown at about 1 inch high to help develop a thick, lush lawn.

LawnTender provide a full moss control service, continually assessing your lawn for signs of moss and the causes for its development. We used the very best scarifiers, aerators and moss controls to both address this problem and ensure the reasons for it do not have an opportunity to develop and allow its return.

Insects

Tips about insects in your lawn...

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Late summer sees pests such as the crane fly (daddy longlegs) laying eggs in the lawn that will have hatched during autumn. Over the winter the grubs feed on the grass roots, resulting in dead patches in late autumn or early spring. At the first sign of small brown patches on your lawn, contact us for a free assessment.

We care for your lawn

Our feeds require no watering and will not scorch your lawn. They are long lasting and there is no surge growth. Grass will be greener, stronger and healthier. And because all we do is look after customer's lawns, we have the experience, products and equipment to improve and maintain your lawn – year round.

We’ve been transforming thousands of lawns since 2003 and with prices starting from just £18 (for a typical small lawn), any time’s a good time to get the lawn you’ve dreamt of.

Frequently asked questions

We've answered a lot of the frequently asked questions people have about LawnTender's service, but please contact us if you can't find your question listed below or you need more information than the answers provide.

What is the LawnTender service?

AThe key to a great lawn is regular feeding, weed and moss control, disease control and mechanical treatments (aeration and scarification). And that's what we do! All you need to do then is mowing and watering to have that beautiful lush lawn you always dreamed of.

What is special about it?

AJust like the best golf courses around the world, we are using the leading fertilisers, pesticides and professional machinery to treat your lawn. Our specialist non-scorch fertilisers are only available to professionals and provide significantly more nutrients than products available in retail stores. And our pesticides are only available to licensed contractors.

Do I need to sign-up and pay for a full course of treatments?

A There is no contract to sign and you only pay us after each individual treatment.

Is it really cost effective to use LawnTender?

A Absolutely. Having access to professional treatments and specialist equipment enables us to treat your lawn for less than doing it yourself. Our price includes all feeds, weed and moss control, as well as VAT.

Can you remove my troublesome weeds?

A Yes, right down to the root. After our first weed control treatment you will see the weeds starting to die after about a week.

What about my moss problem?

A We address moss problems with our specialist moss control treatment. In addition, we also look at the reasons for moss such as thatch and soil compaction.

Are LawnTender licensed to treat lawns?

A By law, contractors must be licensed to apply lawn pesticides (weed, moss, pest and disease control). We are licensed by the National Proficiency Training Council (NPTC) to apply these treatments.

When is a good time to start to use LawnTender?

A Achieving a healthy, lush lawn is a year round activity – even in late autumn! You see, at this time your lawn needs energy to protect against disease and help with other problems like moss. So, anytime is a great time to start using our service.

Do I need to be in when you visit?

A No – generally we have agreement from our customers to access their garden and carry out the treatments without them needing to be in. We then leave you a letter with details of the treatment and a payment slip.

But I think my lawn is beyond saving?

A Lawns are rarely beyond saving – with a regular programme of treatments that will be tuned to your lawns needs, you will be surprised at how fast the transformation will be.

How long before I see a difference in my lawn?

A You will see a difference within a couple of weeks of the first application of our specialist fertilisers and pesticides. The lawn will generally be greener and show signs of stronger growth.

Is the effect on my lawn just skin deep?

A No!!! Unlike some lawn care services, we focus on both the above and below ground health of your lawn. That's why we carry out an initial detailed assessment and recommend a programme that includes key nutrients for grass growth, root development and disease protection. We also focus on regular aeration and scarification – vital for short and long term grass health.

Following a treatment, when can children or pets go on the lawn?

A Our products are children and pet safe, however, for best results we ask that you keep off the lawn for about a couple of hours so that the applications can settle into the lawn.

Do I need to water following a treatment?

A Our feeds are slow release and work by absorbing small amounts of water from the environment. Therefore, you do not need to do anything.

After hollow-tine aeration, why do you leave the soil cores on the lawn?

A Simple – the cores will breakdown within a week or so and, as they are full of nutrients, they act as an ideal top dressing for your lawn.

Will my gardener do the same as LawnTender?

A LawnTender have access to specialist lawn fertilisers and pesticides, as well as investing in the very best machinery. Typically, this significant focused investment in your lawn actually complements your gardener's work.

What about watering and mowing?

A We do not do this but it is good practice for you to water your lawn "deep down" once a week – not lightly every night! This will ensure a deeper and healthy root system. Regular mowing encourages growth and thickening of the lawn – cut to a height of about 30mm high each week.

We care for your lawn

Our feeds require no watering and will not scorch your lawn. They are long lasting and there is no surge growth. Grass will be greener, stronger and healthier. And because all we do is look after customer's lawns, we have the experience, products and equipment to improve and maintain your lawn – year round.

We’ve been transforming thousands of lawns since 2003 and with prices starting from just £18 (for a typical small lawn), any time’s a good time to get the lawn you’ve dreamt of.

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