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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!

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.

January’s wet weather & what you can do for your garden

January 2014 has gone down on record as the wettest January ever recorded. With the terrible weather we’ve been experiencing in December and the beginning of the year it’s not difficult to believe!

But fortunately the worst of it is looking like it is behind us, so now we can all start looking forward and trying to repair some of that damage caused in our poor waterlogged gardens.

Unfortunately there are few plants that can survive long periods of flood water. The water will drown the plants in the sodden soil and restrict air flow to their root system. The outcome of this is yellowing leaves dropping off and the plant eventually rots and dies. The weather may also cause bark to peel off stems and herbaceous plants may fail to come into growth in spring.

Saying that, here is a quick guide with useful tips and tricks to get that garden soil back to what it once was ready to plant in and bring back to its former glory:

  • Try to avoid walking on waterlogged soil, not only will you get mucky boots but the soil will compact causing more long term damage. This is even more essential to avoid on heavy clay soils.
  • If you must walk over the soil, use a plank of wood, board or purchase a portable path to help disperse the weight and even the load on the soil.
  • Spike the lawn with a garden fork or lawn aerator to the depth of 10cm. Then fill the holes with horticulture sand or top dressing to help allow the water to penetrate the less compacted soil below.
  • Another way to improve soil structure is to add lots of organic matter such as garden compost or chipped bark. There is no need to dig this in, just put it down and let the worms do the work for you.
  • Once the water goes down its time to feed! The water would have washed away a large amount of nutrients so a good fertiliser is essential for bringing that soil back up to its former standard.

Whilst that soil is improving you can still get out there and do a bit of gardening! Longacres stocks a wide range of colourful spring plants, shrubs, herbs, grow your own and more which would all look fantastic planted up in a pot or container on your path, patio, driveway, alcove, balcony or whatever space you’ve got while the vegetable beds and borders dry out of excess water!

Why not see us in store and speak to one of our members of staff on what you can do for your garden space.