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Blog: How To Get Rid of Weeds

15 Apr 2013

Stopping weeds from growing in you garden
"Prevention is better than cure"

To maintain a beautiful professional standard lawn, you must tackle weeds as soon as they appear. If lawn weeds are not tamed quickly they will grow into large patches, starving the grass and leaving your lawn looking very untidy and neglected.

The best way to prevent weeds from invading your lawn is to maintain thick, rich and healthy grass, as this gives weeds little opportunity to thrive.

Whilst weeds can be controlled by digging them out by hand, we believe that prevention is much better than cure - so a bit of extra effort in spring can save you a lot of time weeding later in the year.

Scarifying the lawn

Scarifying your lawn removes thatch and moss - organic matter which can starve your grass of the nutrients and water it needs to thrive. Using a scarifier in your garden will remove this thatch and prune the grass, to encourage much thicker and healthier grass growth - therefore giving weeds no room to grow and thrive.

Use the scarifier as you would a lawn mower and follow the same lines you created when mowing the lawn. You must only scarify the lawn in ideal weather conditions – when there is sunshine, warmth and if there has been some rain. If you scarify when there has been heavy rain, or extreme conditions like a drought, you could do more damage than good, as the grass will not be able to recover properly.

Once you've scarified your lawn, you will need to gather, bag and dispose of the thatch removed from your lawn by the scarifying machine. This can leave your lawn looking quite bare, especially if you have had a particularly bad thatch and moss problem. Do not worry! Just think of scarifying as starting with a clean slate - removing the matter that is stunting the healthy growth of your lawn, and leaving the healthy grass behind.

Aerating the lawn

Aerating the lawn using a hollow tiner allows air into the soil and relieves soil compaction. This improves drainage and encourages deeper root growth, for a beautiful, full and healthy lawn.

An aerator machine (or hollow tiner) houses rows of tines which punch tiny holes into the lawn, this is an extremely effective machine to aerate your entire garden quickly and professionally.

Aerating your lawn is great for preventing moss, as the improved drainage helps to deal with the damp patches which moss thrives on. With deeper root growth and improved drainage, your lawn is much better equipped to combat weeds and moss.

Overseeding

Once you've scarified and aerated your lawn, your lawn may look quite bare and damaged, but this is necessary in order to strip back your lawn and give it the best possible conditions for growing into a beautiful, thick lawn. Overseeing is the spreading of fresh grass seed over your lawn. Once you've overseeded, just wait for a few weeks for the seeds to take, and fill the gaps left by the thatch, weeds and moss that you removed with the scarifier. Once the seed has grown into grass, it will leave little space for weeds and moss to grow and thrive.

You will really start to see the benefits of scarifying and aerating your lawn after just a couple of weeks. It will become the lawn you've always dreamt about!

Fertilising the lawn

Lawn fertilisation is vital during spring to give the your lawn all of the nutrients it needs to establish and prosper.

In spring, a granular spring/summer fertiliser is ideal, as these fertilisers contain high levels of nitrogen and other important nutrients such as phosphate. Granular feeds tend to work better when the ground is still a little cold and growth is still patchy, so they are commonly used in spring.

Spread the fertiliser evenly over your lawn. You can use a fertiliser spreader to ensure even distribution and make it much easier to spread the fertiliser.

Lawn fertiliser helps grass to grow much thicker and increases its strength so it is more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss and weather-related stresses. Lawn fertiliser also helps to make your lawn the ideal healthy green colour, for a much more beautiful lawn.

If you feed the lawn a second time, 6 weeks after the first, it will remain strong and healthy all summer.

And if weeds do appear...

Simply remove any weeds with a small garden fork or trowel, making sure you remove the whole of the root. Then fill the empty patches in your lawn with some grass seed and keep the area moist to help the seed establish and grow. You might even want to cover the patch over with wire mesh to stop any birds getting at the seed!

The aim of the game is to get as full and rich grass growth as possible, giving weeds and moss no space to grow.

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