Lawnscience lawn care gift vouchers are now available for customers to purchase.
Give the gift of a great lawn with Lawnscience gift vouchers.
These Lawnscience gift vouchers are available in multiples of £10 and are ideal to buy for a friend or loved one who has had trouble maintaining their lawn over the year, or has recently moved into a new house and would like to get their patch of grass sorted out professionally.
I maintain lawns of all sizes from tiny patches of grass in a back yard to large fields, so there is no patch of grass I cannot help with.
The Lawnscience vouchers are valid across all areas of the UK where a Lawnscience branch is located, so you are not just restricted to friends in the local area. For more information on where Lawnscience currently operates, have a look at the main Lawnscience website.
To purchase a gift voucher, simply get in touch with me on 0161 862 0580, or drop me an email and I will be happy to discuss your gift plans.
This autumn has been a good year for lawn mushrooms, and I’ve seen a great many varieties on the lawns which I maintain across the South Manchester area.
In 99% of cases, there is no need to worry about mushrooms appearing on your lawn. They are a sign of a healthy soil. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of a fungus which lives on organic matter in the soil. They are the factory which decomposes this organic matter into chemicals usable by plants, so without a fungus in the soil, many plants would not be able to survive.
Many fungus live exclusively in symbiosis with a host plant, such as a tree. Silver birch trees are a great example of this and if you have a silver birch in your garden, you will certainly get a lot of fungal fruiting bodies appearing in your lawn as a result.
For a more detailed look at lawn mushrooms have a look at my previous post, why do I have mushrooms growing in my lawn? But for now, enjoy these pictures of the fascinating mushrooms I have found on some of the lawns I maintain.
Other unknown mushrooms
For further reading about mushrooms have a look at:
- McoKey fungus identification
- Association of British Fungus Groups
- North West Fungus Group
- Rogers Mushrooms
Please note that I am NOT a fungus expert, so please don’t send me pictures or descriptions for classification, I just find them fascinating and like to photograph them. For information and professional advice, please use the above links or search for a group in your local area.
Filed under December, February, Fungicide treatment, Fusarium, General, January, Leatherjacket treatment, Poor drainage, Snow, Winter, Worms
Grass is an very hardy plant and has evolved to survive in some of the harshest environments on earth.
Left on their own, most lawns will make it through the winter without any problem. However, there are some simple things that you can do to help your lawn through the winter, reducing the possibility of damage, helping you to be sure of a fantastic piece of turf the following year.
1. Keep the leaves off
A blanket of leaves will kill a lawn in weeks. If you leave something on your lawn for a week or so, like a lawn chair or a dog toy, you will notice that the grass shaded out underneath turns yellow. This is because it has been denied access to sunlight, and without sunlight all plants die.
Leaves are a big risk to a mown lawn. In its natural environment grass grows long and the leaves fall down in between the grass blades enabling the grass to reach for the sunlight. On a lawn that is mown short, leaves can quickly smother entire areas, denying the grass plants the valuable sunlight they need.
So during early winter, either blow the leaves off your lawn and into the borders, or collect them up and compost them.
2. Be very careful if it is wet
In the UK, and especially in the North West of England, the winter months can be very wet. When you put pressure on wet soil, all of the tiny pockets of air contained within it are squeezed out. This is bad news for soil and a lack of air pockets means that the soil will lose its structure and the particles will bind together, compacting the soil. This reduces the space available for grass roots and causes the lawn to thin.
3. Stay off when frosty
During a heavy frost the water contained within grass will freeze. Grass can cope with this without any problems as it is fully hardy. However, if you walk on a heavily frosted lawn, the action of bending the grass blades over will cause the ice in the plant to break the cells within the plant, damaging them and causing some of the leaves to die. Brown patches will then appear in the damaged areas and the grass will be susceptible to fungal diseases.
Prevent this by not going on the lawn in a heavy frost. Wait until the sun has burned it off and avoid the areas still in the shade which will take longer to defrost the grass.
4. Apply a preventative fungicide
During the winter months your lawn will be under attack from many airborne fungal diseases, the most common being fusarium (commonly called snow mould). This is one of the few fungal diseases which can cause permanent damage to grass and steps should be taken to lessen the chances of attack.
Grass is most at risk from fusarium when it is under a blanket of snow, as it creates a stable, damp, carbon-dioxide-rich environment which is perfect for the fungus to bloom.
A professional-grade, preventative fungicide treatment should be applied to the lawn before snow is forecast, to give the grass protection against a fusarium attack when it is at its most vulnerable.
5. Brush out worm casts
Worm casts can be troublesome on fine lawns over the winter. They are the small piles if soil brought up to the surface by common earthworms.
Worms are great for the soil and the general ecology of your lawn, so we don’t want to kill them, or prevent them from naturally aerating the lawn.
The best way to treat the casts is to simply sweep them away with a stiff brush. This will prevent the casts from being tread into the soil, causing a mess and smothering a patch of grass.
If worm casts are becoming a problem, the a worm treatment can be applied to keep the worms down deeper down in the soil.
6. Prevent leatherjackets from destroying your lawn
The humble crane fly lays hundred of eggs in lawns in late summer. These soon hatch into white grubs called leatherjackets, and they spend the winter munching through the roots of your grass.
The damage leatherjackets can cause can be devastating, but they can be easily treated with a simple insecticide treatment in early winter.
Follow these simple steps and your lawn will have a great start and look fantastic the following summer.