The Dark Art of Lawn Care

Well actually it’s not that dark at all, in fact it’s all about the light.

There are a few simple things that grass needs to grow well, give them these and like most things they will grow away happily.  In no particular order they are air, water, and food.

When we provide a lawn care service for our customers all we are doing is providing their grass with these three simple things. This all seems very straight forward you say, and yes it is. In order to give your lawn what it needs we do a number of things.


This a process whereby we pull as much of the unwanted stuff in your lawn, out.  This includes things like moss, thatch (dead compacted grass) and weeds. What this does is let the grass breathe, by pulling out all the things that were trying to grow over it, you give it the space it needs to breathe and therefore grow.

Hollow Tine Aeration

Here we run another machine over the lawn which pulls small cores out of the lawn (similar in size and shape to an apple core made by a corer) which mainly consist of lawn thatch and soil. By doing this we are making space below the grass level to allow air and water to the roots of the grass thus making it less compacted and allowing it to grow better.

Chemical applications of lawn weed killer, lawn fertiliser and moss killer

After we have done the scarifying and aeration we then apply the lawn treatments. These really do what they say on the tin. The lawn feeds are used to provide the grass with what it needs for healthy growth this normally consists of Potassium, which is most commonly used for fertiliser, and its inorganic versions muriate of potash (potassium chloride), and sulphate of potash (potassium sulphate). This provides the grass with more resistance to disease and changes in condition,  particularly cold or hot weathers. The bulk of any lawn fertiliser will be Nitrogen which is the most important element for plant growth. Nitrogen is a major part of chlorophyll and the green color of plants. It is responsible for lush, vigorous growth and the development of a dense, attractive lawn. Although nitrogen is the most abundant element in our atmosphere, plants can’t use it until it is naturally processed in the soil, or added as fertiliser by us. This is why when we carry out our lawn care programmes our clients are always commenting on how green and lush their lawns are afterwards. The fertiliser also contain phosphorus which plants use in root growth and when growing a new lawn.

The weed killers we use are on lawns are designed to be selective so it only kills the weeds and not the grass we are trying to help thrive. This also goes for the moss. Moss in lawns is not desirable as it when it grows it covers and strangles the grass, using up the nutrients that is vital for the grass to remain healthy.

Well thats all folks, lawn care 101 in a neat little blog post. As ever if you would like to know anymore or if you would like us to do it for you, get in touch.

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