Early springtime is a very important time in the year for caring for lawns and giving them a good start to the year’s end it is the most important time of the year for lawn care!
Throughout the springtime, excess moisture builds up in your lawn, often this can lead to the lawn becoming cloggy and oversaturated. This is why at this time of year it is important to deal with this before your lawn responds to it and begins to grow vigorously. Without the right nutrients, the lawn will struggle and signs of this may begin to show with areas that become patchy, dull, or weaker than other areas.
During the springtime, we offer to provide a range of services such as,
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- Aerating the soil
This is where we use a mechanised machine fitted with spikes that either puncture the soil or remove a core approx. 1″ – 2″ long so that it improves the drainage of the soil, reduces compaction and allows nutrients to enter the soil as well as providing oxygen to the soil.
This is another process often carried out using mechanised machinery for efficiency. Sometimes, it is carried out by hand depending on the size of the area. Scarifying the lawn vigorously rakes moss and thatch (dead grass).
When we overseed a lawn, we are adding grass seed to fill in areas of dead or diseased grass. Overseeding must be carried out at the right time of year and carried out correctly to achieve the best results.
- Top Dressing
Top dressing is important and provides nutrients to the soil. When top dressing we use either quality topsoil or compost which is then raked in or rolled onto the lawn using a compost spreader.
- Fertiliser Treatment & Weed Control
Spring is the ideal time to add fertiliser and weed control treatments so that we can catch them before they spring into action!
- Lawn Pest Control
We use TurfSolv which is non-toxic, biodegradable and 100% safe for children, pets and wildlife. It is excellent at controlling ants, Chaffer grubs and Leatherjackets whilst at the same time providing your lawn with essential nutrients.
During the summer your lawn will grow rapidly so it’s important to keep on top of it and control weeds or pests that can quickly spread of control.
Grass through the summer months should be cut once or twice weekly to keep it healthy and produce new grass for a fuller and healthier lawn.
It is important to keep an eye on any grubs or pests, which, if left untreated can ruin a lawn in weeks or months. The most common to look out for are Chafer Grubs, Ants and Leatherjackets. We also need to be aware of Miner Bees, although they can be beneficial by aerating the soil.
SIGNS OF CHAFER GRUBS IN YOUR LAWN
- Brown or Patchy Areas on Your Lawn
Damaged areas can rapidly increase in size as the lawn grubs continue to eat away at your lawn. In some cases, the damage is so great and so rapid that it is possible to lift entire sections of turf off the ground because the grassroots have become destroyed.
- Birds Pecking The Soil Looking for Food
Birds pecking at your turf may mean that you have a chafer grub infestation. The grubs are a popular food source for birds, and even other types of wildlife like foxes and badgers may be interested in feasting on your lawn’s chafer grubs. Letting predators eat the grubs will not necessarily control their numbers, always seek the help of grub control specialists.
- More Damage Can be Caused During the Summer
Damage to your lawn will increase as the chafer grubs grow larger and increase in number throughout the summer. The lawn grubs prefer sandy soil and will burrow in deeper during periods of cold weather. Keep an eye out for these seasonal patterns.
Alona Gardens use a solution to control chafer grubs in and around the Blandford Forum, Dorset area by using a solution that is non-toxic, biodegradable and 100% safe for children, pets and wildlife.
Autumn is another important time of year for lawns and gardens and it is often when we are at our busiest preparing lawns for the winter season as well as providing essential services and treatments in order to ensure your lawn looks great in the spring.
During the Autumn months, the weather can be tough on lawns. Damp, wet and cold conditions can all become a breeding ground for diseases.
Sowing new grass seeds to keep your lawn thick and healthy
- Leaf Collecting
Leaves can suffocate a lawn as much as they can provide a breeding ground for diseases. It is advisable to clear leaves as they fall to prevent them from rotting and leaching any toxins into the soil.
Mulching the lawn provides the soil with organic matter for microorganisms to thrive, which are great for soil aeration and nutrients.
- Top Dressing
You can improve the quality of your turf by dressing it with a carefully-chosen soil or compost mix
Lawn aeration and spiking can improve soil ventilation and relieve ground compaction, preventing a number of issues.
Scarifying using mechanised machinery to remove dead moss and thatch from your lawn. This allows the lawn to breathe and absorbs UV light.
- Weed Control
Weeds can be a serious problem during autumn. We provide treatments to suppress or kill unwanted plants in your lawn.
- Moss Control
Moss is more common in moist, damp and sheltered areas. We provide a specialist moss control service to keep your lawn free of moss.
- Disease Protection
Your lawn may be susceptible to certain diseases at this time of year so we have a number of solutions. Prevention is better than a cure!
- Worm Control
Worms can excrete ‘casts’ (soil and plant remains) on the surface of your lawn. Some people find this unsightly, however, please be mindful of the fact that Worm casts are not only nutrient-rich matter, but they are also the result of worm activity within the soil, which improves soil structure, encourages microbial activity and decomposition, breaks down thatch, and provides natural aeration to your lawn. So in short, worms are great little helpers. However, not everyone prefers the sight of worm casts so we have an ecologically friendly solution t keep the worms off your lawn but keep them working hard in the borders.
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Winter is a tough time for gardens, the cold and damp wet weather can certainly take its toll on lawns. During this time of year, there is still plenty to be done in the garden to ensure a successful garden in springtime.
Moss thrives in damp conditions, and the winter weather makes it difficult for a lawn to stay dry. Moss can quickly take over the lawn if you let it, suffocating it and stealing all the nutrients.
our winter lawn treatment service is specifically designed to keep seasonal issues at bay, and your lawn healthy and strong.
Lawns can benefit from the following treatments,
- Winter weed and feed
- Insect & pest control
- Disease protection
- Moss control