Thursday, 8 February 2018

Keeping it Local with Greener Gardens



Greener Gardens attended and presented "keeping it local" at the annual Lawn Care Association conference in February 2018, alongside other independent lawn care operators from around the UK.

Greener Gardens owner John Draper, a committee member since the formation of the association shared the experiences of “keeping it local". Greener Gardens has grown over recent years and how concentrating on a local area has benefited staff wellbeing, enabling us to build a strong connection with customers for delivery of great customer service and lawn care advice. 

John Draper commented “UKLCA Members follow a ‘code of practice’ and Greener Gardens are delighted to commit to the new BASIS “Lawn Assured” accreditation designed to give customers, the confidence that your lawn is in safe hands.”

Greener Gardens are committed to providing customer service that is second to none. We have the knowledge, skills and machinery to do the job quickly and cost efficiently for you. We believe that's why over 95% of our customers continue with our services annually, and many new customers come through recommendations.

The UK Lawn Care Association is the place for homeowners to search for Independent Lawn Care Specialists, all members are committed to the highest standards of lawn care, providing a knowledgeable, bespoke, efficient and friendly service. 

Greener Gardens would be delighted to provide a no obligation survey and personal lawn programme for your lawn. Call today 0115 837 8439 or contact us Free quote greenergardens.co.uk

Friday, 19 January 2018

It begins with the soil!



The team from Greener Gardens took a day out from completing important winter treatments, to spend the day working with Alex Vickers, turf consultant to Institute of Groundmanship.

The event, organised by John Draper, started ten years ago as an internal training day to develop staff skills, knowledge and confidence.  The latest products and turf practices, which can be transferred from professional turf to your garden, was presented to a group of leading Independent lawn care operators from around the country.

Alex Vickers shared his professional experiences of soil structure and its related problems from premier league football pitches to cemetery’s!

“It begins with the soil”, demonstrated how understanding the soil is the building block for advising the correct lawn treatment programme.   Not just to help with the symptoms but more importantly address the cause of problems like thatch, compaction and choosing the right feeding programme.

John Draper commented “we have been working with Alex since 2015, developing our soil nutrition programmes. Our ‘Biology Booster’ benefits natural soil aerators and thatch eaters, a practice embraced in professional turf. Meaning that the natural soil biology works on your lawn every day, with the benefit of helping your lawns natural eco system".

The success of ‘Soil Improver’ introduced a few years ago, has made a positive step towards strengthening conditions below ground, with great customer feedback. Our ‘Biology Booster’, will take caring for the soil to the next level, backed up by evidence giving you the confidence that once applied it will keep working season long.

We understand the importance of good diet and exercise for our family health, let Greener Gardens unlock the secrets in your soil to achieve a lawn you can be proud of.

Greener Gardens can be contacted on 0115 8378439 or info@greenergardens.co.uk

Friday, 23 June 2017

Heat Wave and your grass



We are certainly enjoying some warm summer weather, however, with little rain on the horizon the combination of high temperatures and low rainfall will prove a stressful time for your lawn.

What can be done?
  • Definitely, raise the cut height to maximum, this will help with cooling the soil surface and reduce leaf stress.
  • If you decide to water, we suggest watering well and consistently throughout this period and beyond.
  • If you decide not to water, that isn't a problem, the grass will do what it does naturally and go into drought dormancy, it will soon recover when adequate rain fall returns.
For more information see our web site Watering Advice

This is also the weather conditions that favour summer lawn diseases, such as Red Thread.

What is Red Thread?
Red Thread is often seen on lawns in the UK from mid summer, it loves this warm humid weather. It is often seen on fine fescue lawns, but can develop on all lawn types. It is a fairly minor disease that in most cases does relatively little damage, but can spoil a well-kept lawns appearance. It is spread by spores within the air.


What treatments can be used?
On many occasions an application of fertiliser is more than sufficient to promote lawn growth, affected grasses would then be removed by cutting. The feed will also strengthen the plant, enabling it to “outgrow” the disease. We can also apply a fungicide treatment.
If you want to treat yourself, we would suggest using a product called Bayer Lawn Disease control* is applied, if necessary. (Manufacturers web site Bayer Lawn Disease Control) Notes: Use as directed and always read and follow the manufactures instructions before use.

Please remember that, similar to taking antibiotics, after you have applied a fungicide, it doesn't guarantee you never get the symptoms again.

Pest Control
If your lawn has been affected in the past by Chafer Grub or Leather Jacket, then now is a good time to pre order your nematodes for application in August, September or October.

These natural predators will, with frequent use, help with eradication and are currently the only control method available.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Low rainfall and your grass



If like us you are hearing in the news channels about the lack of current rainfall, then spare a thought for your grass.

The combination of recent temperatures, drying winds is promoting water evaporation faster than rainfall levels can replace lost water, this will prove a testing time. With some rain on the horizon for the next few days, this will provide a welcome relief for your lawn.
On our own lawn I have observed signs of moisture stress. It’s most evident when you look at foot traffic across the lawn, with a colour change from its normal bright green to a dull blue.

Both suggest that the grass plant has insufficient moisture in the leaves to maintain its structure, and is an indication that the moisture status of the plant is critically out of balance.

What can be done?
  • Definitely, raise the cut height to maximum, this will help with cooling the soil surface and reduce leaf stress.
  • If you decide to water, we suggest watering well and consistently throughout this period and beyond.
  • If you decide not to water, that isn’t a problem, the grass will do what it does naturally and go into drought dormancy, it will soon recover when adequate rain fall returns.
For more information see our web site Watering Advice

Early Summer Lawn Care and Garden Tips.


Soil temperatures are increasing and you may have noticed more grass clippings in the grass box each week during the regular cut. During the early summer period our feeds will gently feed your lawn maintaining the right supply of nutrient between our visits.

We are seeing the normal lawn weeds for this time of year but also those problem weeds namely, Germander Speedwell. We will be treating treat all of these with a selective herbicide.
At this time of year we see lots of POA grasses showing their seed heads, its all perfectly normal, just continue to mow as normal, but if you would like more information see "Seed Heads" in our advice section
Why is all feeding and cutting important?
If you regularly cut the grass in summer to a minimum of 30mm and it is well fed, then the lawn will become thick and strong, this will naturally help eliminate weeds and moss as the don’t get a chance to thrive.

1. MOWING
Correct mowing makes the difference between a "so-so" lawn and a great one. Here are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:
  • A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe hacking;
  • Do not cut the grass if frost is present;
  • If finding a dry day to cut the lawn is a problem, drag the reverse side of a brush over the lawn, wait 30 minutes or so and then the lawn should be dry enough to cut.

Don’t forget to ask us about the benefits of our beneficial lawn and soil treatments eg Aeration, Scarification, Soil Improver and Over Seeding

1. Mowing Tips

If you haven’t already it is time to complete your first lawn cut, we suggest that you raise the cutter for the few cuts and then cut no more than 1/3rd off in any one cut. It’s not too late to replace the mower blade or get it sharpened, all crucial for a healthy cut.

If you have a petrol mower, don’t use fuel left over from last year. Stale fuel accounts for many starting problems at any time of the year.

Correct mowing will make the difference between a “so-so” lawn and a great one. There are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:

A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe “hacking”

Regular cutting will make it more enjoyable for you and frequent cutting requires less effort.

Keep cutting the grass regularly and trimming the edges for that smart professional look.

2. Correct Mowing
Correct mowing will make the difference between a “so-so” lawn and a great one. There are a few simple steps when mowing that make a big difference in your lawns appearance whatever time of year:
  • A light topping of the grass is always better than a severe “hacking”
  • Regular cutting will make it more enjoyable for you and frequent cutting requires less effort.
  • Avoid cutting the lawn if the lawn is covered in frost.
3. Soil Improver
Now is a great time to apply our Soil Improver. It can be applied  at any time but spring and autumn are best. It will improve soil conditions and help develop strong roots which will produce healthy leaves.

Benefits of our Soil Improver;
  • Improves soil structure and tilth;
  • Creates friable soils and builds deeper top-soil;
  • Breaks up soils compacted by sodium and clay;
  • Allows soil to dry more quickly after rain or irrigation enabling it to be worked sooner;
  • Enhances friendly bacterial action and discourages plant diseases related to poor soil aeration;
  • Conditioned soil allows for deeper, healthier root development and water penetration;

4. Clean up your hard surfaces from weeds and algae.

It's a great time to clean up your drive and patio from Algae, Moss and weeds.

Our biocide will kill mould and other growths within typically 2-4 days, and the secondary detergent action will help to gently clean the treated surface in the following weeks and months without the need for pressure washing.

Our Hard surface weed control will keep your drive weed free for up to 3 months.
For more information Patio Cleaning or Drive Weeding

The Greener Gardens Team