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A lawn expert, Mike Seaton, F.Inst. G (Dip), came to inspect my lawn. Mike is Managing Director of The Lawn Company and Editor of Grass Clippings.  Those initials after Mike’s name mark him down as a Fellow Member of the Institute of Groundsmanship. Mike is the lawn world’s equivalent of a Harley Street specialist.  I showed him our back lawn, which we like to think of as our best bit of turf. It was before the drought and the lawn was looking pretty splendid, though I say so myself.

Mike crouched down, had a quick rummage, pulled a face. ‘Eighty per cent weed,’ he declared.  Furthermore, with a quick glance at the patterns on the lawn he was able to tell precisely what type of lawn-mower I used — and that I needed to change the blade on my sit-on mower.   Here was a herbicultural Hercule Poirot

Quentin Letts - The Daily Mail

 

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Indigo Garden Spray Dye - The Lawn Company develop Indigo Garden Spray Dye to help gardeners see where they have sprayed. Add it to your garden sprayer.

CastClear - The NEW Lawn Worm Cast Deterrent web site gets a make over

BBC Radio Four - Quentin Letts - What's the point of lawns.  Scheduled Wednesday -7 August 2013.  Listen on the BBC Radio Four web site or BBC I Player.  MD of The Lawn Company was interviewed by Quentin for the show.

CastClear
CastClear is the lawn worm control product from The Lawn Company Group of Companies.  We are looking for stockists of this new exciting product as it is now being widely sold in Garden Centres around  the Country.  We are currently taking on sales agents too so why not contact us via the web site contact form should you wish to sell it on our behalf or stock it in your retail outlet.
 

Lawn Advice
Need lawn advice?  Help is at hand by clicking on the Advice button where you can access our lawn advice blog.  Over 550 lawn related articles.  Type in the keywords to solve your problem such as How to Renovate a Lawn or Lawn Weed Killer or Lawn Fertiliser or Controlling Moss with Soluble Iron to name a few topics.
 

Controlling Worm Casts on Lawns
Help is now available to amateur lawn owners - you can now obtain a worm cast control product that may be applied to the lawn to deter the earthworms from casting this autumn. Never before has a non-pesticide product been available to amateur lawn owners to deter the worms from casting and ruining the surface of the lawn. Follow the link to the single product web site.Controlling Worm Casts on Lawns

Help is now available to amateur lawn owners - you can now obtain a worm cast control product that may be applied to the lawn to deter the earthworms from casting this autumn. Never before has a non-pesticide product been available to amateur lawn owners to deter the worms from casting and ruining the surface of the lawn. Follow the link to the single product web site.

Tips on Controlling Moss with Sulphate of Iron
Moss and Moss control in lawns is a practice normally performed in the autumn and spring lawn care months. If the grass plants activity has thinned or weakened over the past 12 months, now is the time to start Moss control and eradication and some mechanical operations just ahead of over seeding the lawn to turn the tide on the moss and re populate with existing or new grasses whilst the soil is still warm. Moss is traditionally controlled and killed using Sulphate of Iron. This is the constituent of lawn feeds that will always turn the moss black just ahead of scarification to remove it some two weeks following application.

Controlling Worm Casts in your Lawn
Worm casts on any sports, amenity turf or lawn surface can cause severe problems for more than one reason. The worms are excellant for the turf and soil, their casts are not! Soil deposited on the turf surface will quickly clock up and stick to the moving parts of cylinder and rotary mowers and also accumulate around rollers and wheels.

Lawn advice site is a cut above the rest
A big thank you to all of our readers for making the last year such a wonderful success for us here at Grass Clippings. Although we did start the new blog in October 2007, it was only in January of this year that we upped the optimisation and content writing effort. There are now a range of interesting and informative technical pages and downloadable .PDF files to assist you in your pursuit of an excellent lawn.

'Lawn Check' Lawn Treatment Providers Evaluation Scheme
The Grass Clipping Team came upon this new web site and concept that is trying to pull together a Lawn Treatment Service Providers Evaluation Scheme. The 'Lawn Check' scheme provides a central register of regularly assessed, approved companies that meet nationally applied standards of competence. Ones the lawn owner and customer you can trust.

The Lawn Guide - a great Xmas present
If you have a lawn lover in your family or network of friends, why not give them a useful reference on how to look after a lawn?

Tips on caring for a new lawn
We are often asked by lawn owners who have recently received a new lawn - "How do I look after it?" So how do you care for a new lawn? If the lawn was turved, you really do hit the deck running.

Tips on Aerating a Lawn
Lawn enthusiasts will go to great lengths, not to mention expense, to work on the top surface of their lawn but totally neglect, and in many cases fail to understand, what is necessary below ground to keep the grass roots healthy and aerated.

Top 10 Autumn Lawn Tips
Lawns often feature on the Royal Horticultural Society's Top 10 garden problems each year so why not have a top 10 lawn tips to help you through this autumn. The nights are closing in and ideal mowing days reducing dramatically. We have not had many frosts in the South East of England which is quite suprising for almost mid November but you just know that winter is around the corner and we will soon be scraping the ice off the car windscreen in the morning and view frost on the lawn.

Tips on Controlling Leatherjackets in your Lawn
There are a few lawn pests that will eat away at your grass roots thus destroying a lawn and one of them is Leatherjackets - the larvae of the Daddy Long Legs or Crane Fly to be technically correct.

Tips on Top Dressing a Lawn
Top dressing a lawn is the term used to describe the careful application of a loam, sand or clay material to the surface of a lawn to restore the micro levels. The term is often confused with a fertiliser application as a 'dressing'. Top dressing is typically applied in the autumn after scarification and aeration and over seeding when around 8mm or 1/4 of an inch of material is applied and worked into the lawns' surface.

Controlling Earthworm Casts with Garlic
Earthworms are great for turf, their casts are not. Controlling Worm Casts is paramount for a lawn owners, amateur or professional. A UK Company has developed a liquid and granule formulation based on 99.9% garlic food grade concentrate that in independant trials showed promise in the eco friendly soluton to worm cast eradication in lawns. Phew!

The Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton Middesex
In July 2008 on Grass Clippings, we featured our offer of assistance of installing new lawns around a soon to be constructed play therapy building at The Shooting Star Children's Hospice based in Hampton, Middlesex as a result of Capital Radio's 'Help a London Child Appeal' in 2007.

A decade of poor advice
The great thing about the dark evenings is that you can sit in front of the fire and actually find the time to watch BBC Gardeners World without feeling guilty that the garden demands a couple of hours of work in the evenings. Last night the build up for the Gardener of the Decade has started with reviews of how the 10 Gardeners of the Years since its launch in 1999 have faired since winning in their respective year.

Can you mow your lawn when it is frosty?
We are all aware of seeing 'Jack Frost' on the lawns in the winter mornings. Usually we are freezing our little fingers off whilst scraping it from the windscreen of the car. Frost is actually frozen droplets of 'dew' that has frozen over night on a cold surface. What you may not be so aware of is that following continued nights of sub zero night time temperatures that this 'air frost' will actually get into the soil making it hard to walk on becoming 'ground frost'.

Now is the time to service your lawn mower
The Country is currently in a bit of a cold snap and with a few weeks to go until Christmas your thoughts may be on other things except your lawn. I mowed my lawns last weekend, on the Saturday as the Sunday was forecast to be wet, and still managed to get around quarter to half the quantity of grass clippings off the lawns compared to in the normal growing season, which could be expected to be March to October.

Keeping an eye out for Lawn Disease
Every professional Turf Manager is fully aware of the perils of their sports turf becoming diseased. The finer the playing surface, the greater the disease risk and blemish to the sward. A disease outbreak can appear over night which is why it is important to take a good look at your lawns every single day, especially in warm and moist conditions commonly found in the autumn months.

Advice on Controllng Earthworm Casts on Lawns
Worm casts on any sports or amenity turf surface can cause severe problems for more than one reason. Soil deposited on the turf surface will quickly clock up and stick to the moving parts of cylinder and rotary mowers and also accumulate around rollers and wheels.

Lawn Pesticides Under Threat by EU Legislation
The Plant Protection Products Regulations currently being discussed by The European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety mean stricter controls on the use of pesticides within the United Kingdom and Europe as a whole.

Lawn Advice is a cut above the rest
Please excuse our two minutes of self indulgence but, and you can see from the graphic, our lawn advice site is going from strength to strength. Considering the ubiquity of recreational and amenity grass, let alone the value to UK industry, there is little in the way of good, grass roots' (excuse the pun) help and advice for the British lawn owner.

Turf or Seed? - That is the question..
The process of renovating your lawn from a brown field site is the same up to the finished prepared soil surface whether you are seeding or turfing as careful seed bed or turf bed preparation is key should you wish to make life easy for yourself in the short and long term.

How to control Moles in your lawn
An adult Mole of around 80g in weight consumes about 50g of worms a day and your lawn is not going to get in it's way whilst they burrow up to 100 metres per night underneath it. In the morning, you draw back the curtains to be met with a view of complete devastation!

Where to buy quality turf
Just because 'it' is green, this does not mean that it is desirable turf. We hear and see many horror stories where 'meadow turf' has been passed off as 'seeded lawn turf'. There are a wide selection of turf companies supplying the home owner market and professional sports turf market.

Lawn Pesticides under threat by EU Legislaion
The Muscles in Brussels are at it again! The Plant Protection Products Regulations currently being discussed by The European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety mean stricter controls on the use of pesticides within the United Kingdom and Europe as a whole.

What to do if your lawn has Fusarium Disease
Every professional Turf Manager is fully aware of the perils of their sports turf becoming diseased. The finer the playing surface, the greater the disease risk and blemish to the sward.

Getting the Right Lawn Advice
Throughout our lives, it is sometimes difficult to obtain the right advice to a particular problem. We are very good at asking a few people for their views on a given subject matter and the internet has made the decision making process so much easier. A lot of lawn owners have problems with their lawns and it is evident that the many Lawn Treatment Companies are glossing over the real problems and not tackling the scientific aspects of turf culture in the way they should be, after all, turf care is only a science. At www.lawn.co.uk we would like to think that you have at your fingertips many avenues open to you, for timely and accurate advice on the subject of lawns and thier care. Please tell your friends and family about us.

Renovating an old tired worn out lawn
Turf grasses in lawns do not last a lifetime, despite what many lawn owners think. Like shrubs in the garden, turf grasses will become thin and straggly and require regular pruning and shaping and training. If you keep your grasses healthy and dense and react promptly to any moss, weeds and lawn pests and diseases, then you should be able to retain the lawn in the style you are hoping for. If not, keep reading!

What is Thatch, how does it form and why is Thatch bad for my Lawn
Thatch is a layer of natural decaying and dead leaf litter and other plant materials that builds up on the top of the soil surface at the base of the grass plants. Over time, especially if it is allowed to dry out, it can become fibrous and matted like a dry old bathroom sponge.

Winter Lawn Care
British Summer Time ended at the weekend and more recently with a few centimetres of snow covering the South of England last night - the first time it has snowed in October since 1934! The numerous tasks of autumn lawn care are still necessary this month and a little cold snap will only lengthen the germination time of new grass seeds sown. Turf can be laid all year round so long as the turf farm can lift the turf.

Autumn Lawn Care
Autumn is the main time of the year when you will be thinking about improving the lawn ahead of next season. If you have not started to renovate your lawn this autumn, there is still time before the autumn frosts arrive, thus reducing the growing season rapidly and potential for grass seed germination.

When should you stop mowing your lawn?
There is an Old Wives' Tale about when to stop mowing your lawn in the autumn months. I think it is actually an Old Granddad's Tale as an excuse to put the mower away in the shed and get the slippers and pipe out in front of the fire with the feeling that the mowing function had been completed for that year! Grass does not actually stop growing even when it is really damn cold, it simply slows down. There question of when you should stop mowing the grass is more a question of the prevailing weather and ground conditions which quite often prevent you getting onto the lawn when you have the ideal opportunity to perform the mowing function.

Tips on relieving compaction on your lawns
Lawn enthusiasts will go to great lengths, not to mention expense to work on the top surface of their lawn but totally neglect, and in many cases fail to understand, what is necessary below ground to keep the grass roots healthy and aerated.

Controlling Japanese Knotweed
A plant-eating predator from Japan could be used to control a superweed spreading throughout the UK, scientists believe, reports the BBC web site today. Japanese Knotweed is an evasive weed that must be controlled now. Its' spread across the United Kingdom has been assisted greatly by lack of education and the dumping of garden green waste at waste transfer stations and local amenity dumps.

How to renovate a lawn this Autumn
Now is the time to renovate your lawn, just ahead of the mass of leaves from the trees falling and the night time frosts occurring. The summer soils are warm and moist, ideal opportunity for getting some new grasses into the lawns. The process is very easy and flows like one of those flow charts at school - if you are going to blanket over seed your lawn then it does not matter how hard you scalp the lawn or scarify the lawn, if you are not over seeding, do not go too mad otherwise you may not get the recovery from the grasses that are left.

Gardeners World Presenter Toby Buckland Shun Lawns
Gardeners' World new presenter Toby Buckland has revealed his dream TV project is to show how groundsmen look after football pitches. This is quite a surprising statement as the programme producers rarely cover the subject of lawns and their care so if Toby is so keen on grass, why not lawns?

A 'Walkover' in Chemical Application
At the recent Institute of Groundsmanship SALTEX Exhibition, I was pleased to see an old favourite of mine, rising from the ashes of the liquidation and ultimate failure of a large turf machinery supplier.

Terrain Aeration reaches the parts others cannot reach
Terrain Aeration launch their new Remote Terralift machine, the lightest, smallest most manoeuvrable member of the Airforce fleet to date. Pedestrian operated, 60 cms wide and weighing in at just 80 kilos, the Remote Terralift can be carried up steps, turned around tight corners and taken through the narrowest entrances with ease.

Aerating your Lawn this Autumn
The time of year will soon be upon us when we might consider some Autumn Lawn Care. One key aspect of successful lawn care is availability of the right equipment whether a professional turf manager or amateur lawn owner.

Scarifying your Lawn
Scarification or Scarifying is an essential part of cultured turf or lawn management. It is carried out with hand tools such as a Spring Bok Hand Rake or, for larger areas, purpose built machinery called a Scarifier. The aim of scarifying is to produce a healthy vertical type growth of desirable grasses, to improve the turf surface and appearance. Very light scarification (like with a drag brush or rake on a cylinder mower) is used simply to raise the leaves of the grass in the sward before mowing, to leave a smarter looking finish.
 

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