Top dressing combined with other lawn care maintenance is highly beneficial.
Lawn top dressing is the process of adding material to the surface of the lawn. This would normally be loam or sandy loam mixes, sand or organic material.
Top dressing has a number of benefits:
- Smooths the lawn surface
- Helps control
- Improves the soil
- Improves drainage over time with repeated applications
- Helps in renovating or over seeding
- Protects the grass over winter
When adding top dressing you must recognise that what you add will eventually become part of the root zone (the soil where the roots grow best) and therefore needs to be able to blend over time with the existing soil. Thus, adding ¼” of sharp sand to a lawn which is on ten inches of heavy clay will not mix and have next to no benefit.
How we apply top dressing?
Top Dressing should only be applied to a grass surface that is fairly dry and worked into the sward using the back of a rake.
Do Not mow straight after the top dressing as this may cause damage and remove some of the dressing.
We usually apply top dressing in Conjunction with…
- Hollow tining/forking
Call us to today to discuss how top dressing maybe of benefit to your lawn…..https://completelawncareltd.co.uk/contact-us/
Do I Need Aerate my lawn
Take a close look at your garden,and ask yourself these questions?
- Is it green?
- Is it lush?
- How does it feel? Springy? Firm?
- Does it seem healthy? Are you sure?
Even if your lawn looks ok there are often issues hiding around the corner that haven’t crossed your mind.
Thatch building up under the surface, soil that has not been irrigated properly, maybe ground that has become compacted and impenetrable.
If you would like a lawn to be proud of additional steps need to be taken other than regular mowing.
Thatch,weeds and moss built up in the lawn prevent water, oxygen and nutrients reaching the grass roots. Hard compacted soil will do much the same, preventing the lawn from being fed and watered and affecting it’s health and colour
The easiest of these issues to work out is probably soil compaction. This is very common. All lawns will be compacted to some degree.
Lawns are naturally walked on played on, rolled on, footballs kicked all over them and are generally part of your outdoor space. Think of your lawn like a carpet its need some maintenance and TLC to keep it looking its best.
Those gardens with heavy clay soils are more prone to compaction and therefore are will probably have some issues with water retention and drainage.
At Complete lawn care we can test your soil. If it is heavy clay soil then it is highly likely that your lawn will benefit from aeration. If your garden has medium to heavy traffic,dogs,children playing on it then it will probably benefit from aeration.
If you have any uneven/slopes as part of your lawn this can be a problem. Sloped lawns are hard to keep irrigated as the water can often run away, reducing the amount that gets to the roots of the grass plants.
If your lawn feels over springy, spongy or has brown patches there is a good chance you have an excessive build up of thatch.
material under the grass this could be a problem.
Water pooling, or puddling, on your lawn may be as a result of drainage issues which could be solved by aeration. Lawns often dry out as a result of thatch taking majority of the water so patches of thinning or undeveloped grass may mean thatch or compaction.
Is Aeration the Answer?
Aeration can help solve the above problems, by letting the lawn ‘breathe’ again. Aeration makes the passage of water and nutrients get into the soil and grass roots, making them stronger, longer and more likely to flourish so your lawn looks, feels and is healthier and more robust.
So what is Is Aeration?
Aeration involves perforating the lawn by opening up the turf making holes at regular intervals.This process loosens compacted soil, cuts through thatch and allows the air and water in.
Complete Lawn care uses A hollow tine aerator, by nature of the tines being sharpened hollow tubes, automatically remove ‘plugs’ of soil and thatch and grass lifted as the tines come out, out creating larger holes with less chance of collapse and more space for water and air to permeate.
When is the best time to book my aeration in for?
The best time for aeration is during the growing season,ideally aerate in early spring or fall.
Call complete lawn care today to book your free quotation
Close up of hollow tine aeration soil/thatch plugs
Weed Control and pre-weed control Services
Weeds are unwelcome guests for our gardens,just a single weed can disrupt the homeostasis of a well maintained lawn.
Our weed control and pre-weed treatments will eradicate the most common,prevalent weeds local to your region.
Complete Lawn Care weed control services-
We commence with a thorough assessment of the weed issues attacking your lawn. We expertly deal with literally hundreds of different species of weeds and also the factors that lead to weed infestation. i.e your lawns health,soil and local growth contributors.
From this assessment we will create a bespoke weed treatment plan which will help with the following……
- Perennial weeds-These are the really hardy and will come back annually if left untreated.
- Annual Weeds-These usually die off at the ned of their 12 month growth cycle but can sprout 4-5 times before this happens which also means that they spread.
- Cool-season weeds-Most widespread in Spring and Autumn.
- Braodleaf weeds-These weeds often flower i.e thistles,dandelions,clovers and wild violets.
- Grassy weeds-These love the same conditions as your grass i.e goose grass,crabgrass and yellow foxtail.
The best attack on weeds is also defence/preventative measure.At Complete Lawn Care we offer a range of routine treatments to keep your grass healthy by stopping the weeds before they can grow.
Book your weed control and weed prevention treatments today!!
Do I need to scarify my lawn?
Most lawns will benefit from scarifying , the process helps your lawn to breathe leaving your lawn looking green and healthier.
- Is your lawn feeling spongy or springy?
- Can you see yellow patches?
- Does your lawn leave puddles after rain?
If you have answered yes to the above it is likely that there is a build up of thatch.
So what is Thatch?
Thatch is an organic material that has built up amongst the grass plants of your lawn.Thatch is therefore the result of normal lawn growth.Grass contains “lignin”which usually means die as part of the cycle however these do not they continue to grow.Water, air and sunlight provide the nourishment and conditions the lawn needs to grow and be healthy, the thatch can start to choke the new growth and prevent the air, water and sunshine from getting through.
When thatch reaches a thickness of more that around half a centimetre to 1 centimetre 30, it really starts to become a hazard for the new growth, in effect choking the lawn and preventing it from flourishing.
Tip: Get down and look closely, if you can see a lot of dead, yellow material in there, that is thatch.
Is Thatch The Only Problem?
No. Other organic material, dead weeds, moss and so on can also build up in your lawn, also making it difficult for the turf to thrive. Also, soil compaction can also prevent the lawn growing and thriving. Scarifying can help with this too.
Can you just Aerate your lawn instead of scarification?
An aerator (please see aeration section), while it does a very useful and, some would say vital, job, will not remove anywhere near as much organic material. Aerators concentrate on creating holes for letting air and water in, helping stop the effects of compaction and some of the symptoms of thatch, whereas a scarifier carries out both these tasks and removes a lot of material, stopping the thatch blocking growth.
So What Exactly Is Scarifying?
Scarifying could be described as deep raking. Running a rake across your lawn will remove some organic detritus but scarifying will remove a lot more. As one of our customers points out…
“The amount of moss and thatch ripped up on the first two passes on the highest setting was incredible…manual raking was getting nowhere”
Scarifying involves penetrating the lawn with blades that cut into the turf and remove large amounts of organic material. In the process they leave holes in the ground that enable more air and water to get into the grass and the soil.
How Do we Scarify?
You can carry out a basic process with a sprung lawn rake. However, this is not really scarifying, won’t remove much thatch at all and will be limited in its success. So for the best results we use a mechanical scarifier (insert pic of bily goat)
How Does a Scarifier Work?
Steel blades are set into a roller in a wheeled machine so that as you propel the scarifier forward penetration occurs at regular intervals. The blades revolve forwards and clockwise so the organic material is left behind.
Scarifier – How It Works
Our machines have a range of height settings so we can regulate how deep we need your scarifying to be. Our machines have wide-tread wheels to make sure we do not damage the turf as we work.
Will I See Results Quickly?
No. Probably not. In fact you may feel as though you have done something foolish when you have finished. This is normal. The process of scarifying can leave your lawn, initially, looking pretty ragged.
This is, of course, dependant on how much of your lawn is taken over by thatch or moss. Most people who have there lawn scarified for the first time are a little bit shocked, but remember, this is freeing up the lawn to grow again and to be free of the clogging effects of moss and thatch.
Do I Need To Do Any Preparation Before Scarifying?
Yes. The grass should be short so if your lawn has long grass start cutting it down in stages a couple of weeks before you start.
If you have obvious weeds we will put a control treatment in place before scarifying.
When Should I Scarifiy?
It really depends. Light scarifying, not going too deep, is beneficial, generally in late spring from somewhere around the middle of April to June and in late summer early autumn, around late August to September.
Heavier, more aggressive scarifying is possible in the Autumn (again think Late August early September, maybe even early October depending on weather conditions).
Bearing in mind the earlier mention of how your lawn might look after you have finished scarifying, this is a is good time, as you are less likely, having taken your lawn apart, to have problems with weeds seeding and filling in the spaces you have left in the lawn.
However, if you have a lot of shade in your garden, trees, large bushes etc, you might find autumn is not so good as the grass will be a little thin at that time.
Should I Scarify In Winter?
In nearly all cases, NO. It is all to do with the weather and the moisture that is around. The best conditions in which to scarifiy is when there is some moisture on the ground but it is not wet and not too dry.
Trying to scarify a lawn that is wet can leave a real mess and cause damage to the lawn, and trying to dig into a lawn when it is cold and frosted and the ground hard can also do serious damage. It is generally best avoid trying to scarify in January and February altogether.
What Should I Do With The Detritus I Remove?
All waste will be bagged up and taken away. Unless you would like us to rake up and put it on to your compost heap.
Call us today to book in your scarification….