Category Archives: Lawns

Mo Bacter: Less Moss and Mo Lawn!

Oh DearHooray! Summer is here (well, almost). We’re sure that this weekend was many people’s first barbecue of the year and their first opportunity to relax in the garden. However, it’s not all relaxing when it comes to gardening and giving the grass that first mow of the season is always a wonderful feeling (and a wonderful smell as well!) Trouble is, sometimes you then notice the moss to grass ratio is a little higher than you’d like!

MOBACTORIf your lawn is looking a little worse for wear (like the one above), now’s the time to treat it to some TLC. Viano MO Bacter is a slow release organic lawn fertiliser and moss killer which rids your garden of that pesky moss and improves existing grass. It’s a gentle product and will not damage plants, so your border flowers are perfectly safe. There’s also no need to scarify afterwards either as MO Bacter ‘digests’ the moss. It is also stain free, so no more having to worry about your patios and stonework.
Once you’ve treated your lawn, you can make it truly green again with EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 (currently 2 for £36). With a glorious green and weed free lawn, it’s time to sit back and relax with a Pimms – you’ve earned it!

Wild Flower Tillers Turf featured on Love Your Garden!

Did anyone watch last night’s (Tuesday 11th August) final (and emotional!) episode of Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh? If so, you probably spotted the beautiful wild flower turf from Tillers Turf. We here at Longacres are very proud stockists of Tillers Turf, with fresh deliveries coming in daily!

What are the benefits of wild flower turf?

  • It boosts the biodiversity value of the built environment by attracting in a wide range of pollinators
  • It helps to re-establish wildflower species that are under threat
  • It provides outstanding visual interest from early spring to late autumn
  • It creates an immediate visual effect
  • It is cost effective and requires low maintenance

If the wild flower turf particularly caught your eye and is something you’d like for your own garden, it is available as a special order; speak to a member of our friendly information staff for more details by calling us on 01276 476778.

Below are some behind the scenes photographs from the show!

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A well tended lawn

Lawn Fertilising the Right Way | Longacres

Lawn Fertilisation: Are You Doing It Right?

Your lawn plays a key role in the overall appearance of your property, which is why regular maintenance is essential. Make your lawn live up to its full potential by watering, mowing, and more importantly, fertilising it frequently.

Fertilisers effectively keep the grass green but weeds can still grow. This is one of the most irritating problems that can occur with your lawn. With proper nourishment, you can naturally reduce the growth of weed by thickening the grass. In addition it strengthens the grass roots to absorb more water and lessen soggy puddles.

Use the correct equipment when applying

For large areas of lawn, use a rotary spreader for better results. Make sure the hopper is closed before you fill it. To avoid spilling and wasting fertilisers, place a tarp beneath the machine to easily gather anything that falls. Apply the fertiliser in a methodical manner to make sure that you cover all the areas.

If the lawn area is much smaller, it may be easier to use a handheld spreader. You have to walk slowly and pour equally, being careful not to overlap distribution. This is also a practical way of application if your lawn experiences sunny on one side and shady on the other, applying more where needed.

Time your watering

Application of the fertiliser should be planned properly. At least a day or two before application, water the lawn thoroughly. You can spread it once the grass dries. After application, water the lawn lightly – this will wash off fertiliser caught in grass blades into the soil. Avoid applying during drought or heavy rain.

Utilise the Grass Clippings as an extra feed!

Manufactured fertilisers work well alone, but you can complement it with natural ones. When you mow the grass, leave the clippings on the soil. Your lawn can still gain about 25% of the fertiliser it needs, as it still contains nitrogen.

A healthy-looking and well-maintained lawn proves to be a vital boost in the look of your home’s exterior. Keep your garden as sharp and beautiful as ever with fertilisers. At Longacres, we offer a selection of quality lawn fertiliser products that provide effective growth and care for your lawn. Contact us and enjoy the benefits of a well-suited grass fertiliser.

A well tended lawn

Gone to the Dogs: Why Man’s Best Friend is Your Lawn’s Worst Enemy | Longacres

Dogs love lawns, but the feeling is definitely not mutual.

One of the most frustrating problems that a homeowner can deal with is dog damage to their lawns. This results from the tendency of our four legged friends to mark their territory with urine. Unfortunately, the high concentration of nitrogen scorches the grass and causes unsightly dead patches.

This is especially a problem with larger dogs, due to the sheer volume they produce. Females are also significantly more damaging, because they tend to stick to one spot rather than going to different spots.

However there’s no reason you can’t have a dog and a well-maintained lawn.Here are a few simple measures that can solve your problems.

Your Primary Objective is Dealing with the Dog

Even though there are ways to fix the damage, the most effective long term solution is to simply keep the dogs away from your lawn. If the culprit is your own dog, this is fairly simple. All you need to do is to train them to use a specific, non-turf area in your yard for their toilet needs. This is much easier to accomplish while your pet is still young.

When the offending mutt is a stray or belongs to your neighbour, however, things can be a bit more complex. If you can identify the owner, it’s usually easy to convince them to keep their pet out of your garden. Otherwise, you have to resort to other types of deterrent, like a fence. You should also consider changing the lawn fertiliser you use, as some brands have ingredients that actually attract dogs.

If your lawn is experiencing dog troubles, Longacres can help. We stock urine spot removers and a variety of animal repellents to keep your turf healthy and safe. Get in touch with us today to enquire about our products.