Fertilisers

Soil biology drives the nutrient cycles that create the healthy plants that feed and adorn our planet. Too often natural growth is overridden by the use of inorganic synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, resulting in poor, increasingly lifeless soil and weak, chemical-dependent grass plants. This is the approach taken by many of the ‘feed and weed’ type lawn products which are available from garden centres and the like.

We have proven that healthy soil, containing a wide range of plant-sustaining microbial life, that is as free as possible from mineral fertilisers and pesticides is the foundation to develop healthy, strong lawns.

In short, the treatments we provide are aimed at increasing the microbial, fungal and bacterial life in the soil, which in turn encourages greater activity by worms and other invertebrates.

The range of fertilisers we use are one of the cornerstones of the service we provide. All the fertilisers we apply to lawns are organic-based, professional products which are not available to the general public, and are formulated to promote healthy, vigorous, sustainable growth, by treating the whole grass plant from the root up – not just the bit on the surface which you see!

Our fertiliser supplier holds the Warrant for the supply of fertilisers to the Royal households.

The specialist granulation process of the fertilisers combine highly beneficial complex humic material substances with added mineral nutrients. Humic substances are best described as nature’s plant vitamins.

Herbicides

Nobody wants weeds in their lawn. Fact. The range of professional selective herbicides which we use are so efficient that the lawns we treat are effectively weed free once the treatment programme has had chance to work. On average, starting ‘from scratch’ with a previously untreated lawn which is heavily infested with weeds, this will normally take 2-3 treatments to achieve, although a large improvement will be seen after just one application. Once the weeds are under control, the herbicide use can be reduced to a ‘spot application’ method, ensuring that the input of chemicals into the lawn are kept at an absolute minimum. This is better for the environment in general and for the natural life which exists within your lawn. We hold the necessary Certificates of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

Moss Control

Often, one of the main problems with a neglected lawn is excessive levels of moss. This can be due to a number of factors, but once a lawn treatment programme is underway, and the lawn becomes healthier and more lush, moss can be more easily controlled. This is because a thick, dense sward of grass is the best defence against moss by ‘crowding it out’. At certain times of the year, however, (e.g. winter or during excessively wet periods) a separate application of a moss control may be required. Please see our Fact Sheet No.2 for more details about moss and its causes.

Aeration

Mechanical aeration is the process of making of holes or slits in the lawns surface and is vital to the development of a healthy, lush lawn, by reducing compaction, improving the access of water and nutrients to the root zone, and encouraging increased microbial activity. Aeration will also enable stale Carbon Dioxide to escape from the turf and allow fresh oxygen-rich air to get into the soil and access the root zone of the grass plant. This in turn will stimulate and encourage root growth, and healthy roots mean a healthy lawn. Please see Fact Sheet No.1 for further information.

Scarification

Scarifying is another important part of lawn care and consists of using a powered raking machine to remove moss, thatch and other dead organic matter from the lawn. This in turn will increase nutrient uptake, encourage new growth and let more air into the lawn. Please see Fact Sheet No.7.

Every lawn is different (even if they are on the same site, e.g. front and rear lawns of a property) and can have their own problems, deficiencies and requirements. That’s why every lawn treatment programme is tailor-made to the individual circumstances, but over the course of a year a typical programme might include the following:

Spring - Treatment 1

  • Application of an organic-based controlled release spring fertiliser
  • Application of a selective herbicide weed treatment

Summer - Treatment 2

  • Application of an organic-based controlled release summer fertiliser
  • Application of a selective herbicide weed treatment

Autumn - Treatment 3

  • Application of an organic-based controlled release autumn fertiliser
  • Application of a selective herbicide weed treatment
  • Application of a Moss Control (where appropriate)

Winter - Treatment 4

  • Application of an organic-based fertiliser which will sustain the lawn throughout the winter
  • Application of a Moss Control

Aeration

  • Spring or autumn

Scarification

  • Spring or autumn