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Additional treatments


Scarification

Why does my lawn need scarifying?

A lawn that has developed a large amount of thatch or moss needs to be scarified to remove as much of this material as possible allowing the grass space to grow.

Scarifying should be carried out on a regular basis.

When there is a build-up of thatch in the lawn it will most probably have moss.

This is because moss loves a moisture rich environment.

Since thatch traps moisture and prevents it from getting through to the soil, scarification removes this thatch which is one of the main causes of moss in lawns.

Having the thatch removed encourages new grass growth.

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What does Scarification do?
  • Reduces moss levels
  • Increases the density of the grass
  • Removes undesirable thatch layers
  • Allows water, nutrients and oxygen access to the soil layers resulting in a healthier more drought resistant lawn
  • Creates the correct conditions needed for the germination of newly sown seed
  • Prevents the formation of algae
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Aeration

Why does my lawn need Aerating?
Aerating (or hollow-tine spiking) lawns allows better movement of air and water in the root zone.

A well-aerated lawn will cope better in periods of drought and will reduce the likelihood of waterlogging.

Heavier clay soil profiles, or areas that experience most wear and traffic are prone to compaction and will benefit most from regular aeration.

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What does Aeration do?
  • Helps grass grow healthy.
  • It punches small holes into the lawn and removes a core.
  • Allows oxygen, water and nutrients to get to the root.
  • We will rake up all the cores as there is no benefit to your lawn to leave them on. It just makes your lawn look unsightly.
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Seed Over-sow

Why does my lawn need a seed over-sow?

Over-seeding is the process of applying new seed to an already existing stand of grass. It can be carried out on small worn areas or across the whole lawn surface. Over sowing seed is an ideal way to produce a thick healthy lawn that looks good the whole year through.

When is the best time to over-seed?

Over-sowing of new grass seed ideally either side of summer in spring or autumn time. Seed should not be sown during a heat wave or in frosty conditions.
Any seed sown during the warmer months will need to be regularly watered.

Over-seeding is carried out for the following reasons
  • To create a thick lush lawn
  • To encourage desirable grasses. For example, drought, shade or wear tolerant species.
  • Where the present standard of turf grass species is so poor that routine maintenance cannot improve it.
  • To increase the population of desirable grass species in your lawn.


Pest Control

What are Leatherjackets?
Leatherjackets are the larvae of the Crane fly (Daddy long legs)

Leatherjacket Facts:

  • The adult Crane Fly has long legs with a body about 25mm long.
  • Commonly active in the late summer to autumn period with each female laying 200-300 eggs.
  • The eggs hatch into larvae, called leatherjackets within about 14 days and remain in the soil for about 9 months before pupating into next season's Crane Fly.
  • The Leatherjacket exists in the soil from the autumn to the following spring in your lawn, by eating the stems of your grass plants. This results in the lawn beginning to turn yellow and die back in areas.
  • Damage generally becomes noticeable during the spring caused by the feeding that occurred the previous autumn and winter.
  • Secondary damage from birds, badgers, foxes, moles and other small mammals searching and pecking for larvae may become evident.
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Solution

  • Keep a look out for Crane Fly activity throughout the late summer.
  • Monitor your lawn in the autumn for larvae activity and secondary damage.
  • Call LawnGuard for advice. We have a treatment for this common problem
What are Chafer Grubs?
Chafer Grubs are the larvae of the Chafer Beetle

Chafer Beetle Facts:

  • Chafer grubs are the larvae of at least five different species of chafer beetle. These grubs live in the soil just beneath the lawn. Both larvae and adult beetles can attack the grass plant. Chafer grubs are C-shaped, soft white larvae, up to 40mm long with a brown head and six legs on the upper end of the body.
  • Commonly active during the late summer to autumn period.
  • Chafer grubs feed on the roots, stems and sometimes leaves of the grass plant. The grass may appear yellow or brown before wilting and dying.
  • Secondary damage from birds, badgers, foxes, moles and other small mammals searching, pecking or digging for larvae will be evident on your lawn.
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Solution

  • Monitor your lawn in the autumn for larvae activity and secondary damage.
  • Call Lawnguard to advise. We have a treatment for this common problem


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