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Ever wondered why grass thrives under benches and trampolines?

Posted 23rd May 2018 09:48am by Simon Johnson

The answer is a phenomenon known as etiolation.  The stems elongate more rapidly in their search for light; the stem is thinner and more pale in comparison to healthy grass due to the lack of chlorophyll.   

The coldest March…since records began?

Posted 27th Mar 2018 20:52pm by Simon Johnson

I’m sure the met office will tell us soon but we could be heading for the coldest March ever recorded!  Lawn care statisticians monitor plant and insect growth using data known as ‘growth degree days’.  GDD tracks the impact of temperature on growth of plant life and we are currently 75% down on March of…Read the full article…

Thatch is a lawns BIGGEST enemy!

Posted 25th Feb 2018 18:36pm by Simon Johnson

Thatch is a layer of debris formed from decaying roots and turf and it lies below the green grass and above the root structures.  It does its damage by not allowing the lawn to ‘breathe’ effectively.  Nutrients, water and oxygen cannot penetrate thatch to get where it needs to go, so every Spring professionals recommend a…Read the full article…

Autumn Leaves

Posted 30th Oct 2017 13:24pm by Simon Johnson

No not leaves on line, that great rail operators curse, leaves on lawn that great gardeners curse! Mowing becomes a huge challenge and the mere presence of autumn leaves reduces grass growth opportunity and encourages moss and disease.  So do try and keep them away; rake or a combination of blowing and raking should do…Read the full article…

Autumn Lawn Pests

Posted 2nd Oct 2017 12:56pm by Simon Johnson

Our Members’ are reporting a large increase in lawn pests in their customer’s lawns; typically chafer grubs and leather-jackets and if you have them in your lawn then that’s really bad luck and we are presented with a problem. Since EU pesticide legislation withdrew the tested and proven insecticide treatments we are left with only…Read the full article…

Nature’s Watering System

Posted 25th Sep 2017 10:57am by Simon Johnson

Last Friday the 22nd September we had the heaviest dew; the cool clear night, followed by a warm clear day was the perfect combination for condensation to create droplets of water on the high end of the grass stem.  Some say these droplets of water is nature’s way of saying it’s not going to rain…Read the full article…

What a difference a year makes!

Posted 14th Sep 2017 10:51am by Simon Johnson

Yesterday, last year, the country delighted in balmy temperatures that peaked at 34 degrees celsius. Yesterday, this year, we endured gail force winds, intermittent rain and let’s just say it was lower, a lot lower than 34!  So there was no need to water lawns, rather a case of batten down the hatches.  The whole…Read the full article…

Britain’s Best Lawn 2017

Posted 4th Sep 2017 10:30am by Simon Johnson

Britain’s Best Lawn Competition

September/October Lawn Care Tips

Posted 30th Aug 2017 14:36pm by Simon Johnson

LAWN CARE IN LATE SUMMER TO AUTUMN Scarification: is another word for renovation and activity should begin now so the lawn will recover enough to enjoy before winter sets in.  Thatch and compaction will not allow your lawn to breathe so eliminate them now. Over seeding: Remove the thatch, the dead and the weak grass,…Read the full article…


Posted 19th Jun 2017 11:35am by Simon Johnson

Not wishing to state the obvious……but your lawn will only look at it’s best if you give it some help by way of H2O!  Yes, wait till dusk comes and dowse areas thoroughly for as long as you can.  It does impact the water bill true, but it complements what you invest in the lawn by way…Read the full article…

Cometh the rain, cometh the ants!

Posted 19th May 2017 11:00am by Simon Johnson

This county (Cambs) saw 40mm of rain on May the 17th and the earth sucked it all up; but anyone mowing the following day will probably have seen surface ant activity.  Since the insecticide chlorpyrifos is no longer permitted, all we can do is use an off-the-shelf product to treat them.  As you can tell from the…Read the full article…

Watering Your Lawns

Posted 11th May 2017 11:51am by Simon Johnson

The 2016/17 UK winter, in general, has been really dry.  Although there was good growth potential in March, growth slowed in April due to those Northerly winds and even the first half of May looks unseasonably dry. We do suggest you begin weekly watering now; it may cost a few pounds but it’s a good investment…Read the full article…


Posted 15th Feb 2017 14:30pm by Simon Johnson

Spring beckons and this is the time to turn your attention to the garden; give the borders a good thinning out so new growth can breathe and develop as the days get longer. Likewise with lawns; hopefully you won’t have too much moss or it has already been treated with a liquid iron solution to…Read the full article…

A record December, with the combination…

Posted 18th Jan 2016 10:24am by Simon Johnson

… of rainfall, higher than average temperatures and enough light extended the grass growing season to a record high in 2015!  The growth potential for this December was 12 on the GDD scale, which compares with 4 for the previous year and it’s not only grass that’s confused, there are buds on trees, shrubs are active, Hellebores…Read the full article…

Japanese Knotweed – Know the Law

Posted 3rd Nov 2014 17:20pm by Simon Johnson

Japanese Knotweed can cost you £2,500! The Times carried a story this week warning homeowners to clean up their act when it comes to Japanese Knotweed! This invasive plant can cause serious damage even to concrete infrastructures including foundations, brick work, roads, forestry, agriculture and river banks and the Home Office state the maximum fine…Read the full article…

Weather Blog – Predicts !

Posted 9th Dec 2013 16:15pm by Simon Johnson

Are you interested in predicting the weather?  Mark Hunt of agronomic supplier Headland Amenity keeps a sharp eye on the jetstream and predicts weather up to but no further than 10 days in advance; Mark believes that any predictions beyond 10 days is speculation! Click here to take  a look at Mark’s weather blog.

Moss, glorious Moss!

Posted 14th Nov 2013 12:50pm by Simon Johnson

About Moss There are over 12,000 species of moss and algae, of which over 50 species are found to affect grass. Mosses are primitive non-flowering plants that have no root structure and rely on a sufficient moisture environment being present for reproduction and survival. The majority of them are tolerant of acidic conditions and are…Read the full article…

November Lawn Care Tips

Posted 14th Oct 2013 14:18pm by Simon Johnson

Aeration Soil compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration and moss invasion.  For optimal effectiveness the lawn needs aerating in autumn/winter.  Fallen Leaves Leaves should be cleared away as they fall.  If left for more than a few days, then grass may become damaged. Compost the leaves and then use on borders etc. Worm…Read the full article…

Autumn Lawn Care Tips

Posted 9th Sep 2013 16:26pm by Simon Johnson

OCTOBER LAWN CARE Following the summer, which has been a dry one, lawns need a feed with a fertiliser high in Phosphate and Potassium with additional Iron for that dark green look.  Soil compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration and moss invasion so we recommend aerating in Autumn/Winter; over sow with seed to…Read the full article…

Using Pesticides

Posted 8th Jul 2013 16:47pm by Simon Johnson

CPA leaflet The Crop Protection Association advisory document on best practice for using pesticides.

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