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In the first of a several part blog that we are writing, we will explain some of the terms that are often used in lawncare service leaflets and by contractors but many of you out there may not actually understand what they mean!

Lets start with a term you will very commonly see called - SCARIFYING.

So what does this word mean?

The Oxford English Dictionary helps us by explaining the term thus: Scarifying is to cut and remove debris from (a lawn) with a scarifier.

So basically scarifying is the process of removing debris (be this moss, thatch (more on that in another post) or dead grass) from the lawn using a tool, be this manual or powered.


Okay, you say, so now I understand what the word means, but WHY would this be done?

Quite simply in our opinion, scarifying regularly is the cornerstone of a good lawncare regime.

The vast majority of lawns will suffer from a buildup of either moss or thatch or both.

As with all plants, grass needs air, water and nutrients to grow. 

Thatch and moss can choke the grass off ALL of these as well as making you lawn look sickly, feel spongy or be difficult to mow.

Removing this buildup helps light, nutrients and water reach the roots of the grass, where it is needed for optimum, healthy growth.


Again, you say, now I understand WHY this would be done, HOW is it done?

Generally speaking, scarifying is carried out with a powered machine, be it electrically or fuel powered. These will generally have a reel of steel blades (in the case of some domestic 'lawnrakers' springs are used intead - nowhere near as effective though!), these literally slice through the buildup in the lawn and throw it out of the front or rear of the machine, either onto the floor or into a collection box. Smaller parts of lawns or more awkward areas may require a springtine rake or hand scarifer to get to the bits that the machine can't, especially near the edges of the lawn or around obstacles such as paving slabs or trees.

There will be a LOT of waste removed, far, far more than you are likely to think!


How do I obtain a scarifying machine?

These machines are available to hire or buy from most good garden machinery stores - however - it is very, very easy to completely destroy a lawn with a scarifier if you are not familiar with all its adjustments, operating characteristics etc.

A good machine can involve outlay of hundreds of pounds on a machine that may only be used anually and will likely not start when needed after a winter in the garage!

Perhaps this is one situation when its best to employ a grass care professional instead of purchasing your own machine.

Do I need to do anything before or after I scarify my lawn and when is best to do it?

If you are scarifying your lawn to remove thatch only, cut the lawn quite short before scarifying as this will help minise the 'tugging' action of the scarifier machine at the grass plant roots and help only remove the rubbish that you are trying to target.

If you are scarifying to remove moss, then it is strongly recommended to apply a moss killer such as lawn sand or sulphate of iron approx 14 days before scarifying to kill off the moss before you try to remove it with the scarifier machine. In more severe cases, it may be necessary and indeed desirable to remove the bulk of the moss with the machine before using these products to treat anything remaining.

It must be noted that all moss killer products should be used with extreme care as they will leave stains on paving etc that cannot be easily removed.

We strongly recommend fertilizer application following scarifying to help the grass recover faster.

Overseeding may be necessary to rebuild any particularly bare patches of the lawn.

The best time to scarify is Spring or Autumn - but don't do it in the depths of winter, or when there is frost or snow forecast (no matter what certain franchised lawn care businesses may tell you about this being acceptable practise!) and certainly don't carry it out in the middle of summer as your lawn will likely turn brown and die due to heat stress.

After reading all this, you don't feel like scarifying your own lawn is a task that you can confidently undertake yourself?

Here at South Lincs Grass Care, we service a wide area from our base near Spalding, Lincs and have a selection of different scarifying machines to suit all requirements from small models for domestic lawns upto a 1.2 metre wide, tractor mounted model for large lawns, pitches and amenity areas.

Being licensed waste carriers, we can dispose of all of the thatch, moss and rubbish that our powerful machines and trained operators will remove from your lawn and advise of the best ways our service can enhance and maintain your revitalised lawn using products not available to the general public - we can also advise on and provide solutions to any drainage issues, weed problems or other lawn issues too.

Dont delay:

Call us today on 07745 247488 or 01775 830250, email us at info@lawncarespalding.co.uk or see our website www.anpservicesspalding.com

'South Lincs Grass Care - for all aspects of professional grasscare'

South Lincs Grass Care is a trading name of ANP Services Spalding Limited.

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Caring for your lawn during the summer

 Tips and tricks to help your lawn thrive during the summer

Summer is upon us and a lawn is a place for all of the family to play and enjoy. However, summer can be one of the most challenging seasons for your lawn as it endures more wear and tear as people enjoy the outdoor weather.

To keep your lawn looking green and healthy it is important to provide a helping hand, this can be done with cutting the lawn on a regular basis - usually once week is sufficient. The golden rule for always cutting your lawn is never to take more than one third off the top as any more weakens the grass.

Summer is also great time to start regular lawn treatments, these will help strengthen your lawn and keep it weed free.  When treating your lawn for weeds it is important to use a systemic weed killer that kills the weed right down to the roots.

The forecasters are predicting lots of hot weather this summer... If only!


If the predictions are true it's not only your pots and herbaceous beds that require your help during a hot spell.  To keep your lawn green and lush it needs a helping hand too - provided there are no hosepipe restrictions in force.  During a hot extended dry spell why not get the sprinkler out and give the lawn a watering, the kids will love playing in it too.


How do I know if my lawn needs watered? 


  • Brown and yellow patches appearing.
  • When you walk on the lawn the grass does not spring back up.


 How to water the lawn

 It's recommended not to water daily as it is better for the environment -  infrequent heavy watering is better than daily splashes!

The simplest method to water your lawn is to use a lawn sprinkler, if you're unsure of how long to leave the sprinkler on for set a cup under the spray and when full it is time to move the sprinkler to a different part of the lawn.  

The best times to water are either early in the morning or in the evening, when it is cooler.


How to determine if under your lawn is wet enough 

The best way to determine if the soil is wet enough is to dig or cut a small hole and examine the soil. Properly watered soil will not be soaking wet, but moist, dark and cool.

Another way of determining if there is sufficient moisture in the soil is to stick a pointed knife into the soil. If the knife can be easily pushed into the soil and upon removal is cool and clean, your soil is moist.


What else can I do to help my lawn survive a barbecue summer

 Whilst you cannot prevent drought, you can take measures to prevent the damage drought causes your lawn.  The most important thing to do to ensure your lawn is healthy is a regular programme of spring, summer and autumn lawn maintenance that will help lawns resist drought and recover strongly afterwards.

  • Keep it weed free - treat the lawn for weeds as they take up valuable water.
  • Feed your lawn - poor nutrition can also be a cause for dull and dry looking grass in the summer months.
  • Scarify your lawn to remove unwanted moss and thatch. Scarification allows water, nutrients and oxygen access to the soil resulting in a healthier more drought resistant lawn.
  • Aerate the lawn, this will deliver any moisture directly to the lawn's root system.
  • Raise the height on the lawn mower, this puts less stress on the plant.   

Premier Lawns offers a range of services to help keep your lawn in tip top condition.

Lawn treatments - Feed and Weed




For further information, visit our website www.premierlawnsni.co.uk and view our new video on lawn renovation. 

Premier Lawns is owned and run by Robbie Lynn, Robbie is a member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

  Contact Robbie on 07976267104 / 02890 869565.

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The “meh” type of winter we have experienced (so far) means many professionals and homweowners are already dusting off their faithful mower and some are already cutting!
‘Is it too early to cut and treat?’ – the answer is no, but don’t wade in as if that 12 degree winter day is the same as our 12 degree summer day…

If the grass is growing and you are itching to get out there, use this quick checklist:

Assess … the weather, recent rainfall and what mix is the soil? Is it clay, silt, sand, or a combination? Excess moisture plus foot traffic can cause the soil to compress like a sponge – except it does not bounce back afterwards and roots need air gaps in the soil to take up nutrients.

Rake: Using a machine or hand rake – remove thatch* and leaves from the lawn – if you are bringing up soil on the tines or the grass stays flat then its safe to say cutting should be delayed

Cut: Sharpen mower blades because a blunt one will tear the leaf and leave it open to frost damage or disease. Set height – remove no more than one quarter the height - moss thrives in shorter grass. Use a 4 wheel mower ideally as roller mowers can compress moist winter soil and set up for poor conditions the rest of the year.

Spike:  Aerate the soil. Only the most sandy soils will not benefit from spiking or hollow tine aeration to get more air to the roots and increase drainage.

Spread: Fertiliser – some forms of dissolved Nitrogen can descend through the soil by 1 cm per day – flushed by consistent rainfall. Applying in rainy conditions is therefore a waste of money. However, grass needs energy to grow – consider a urea based slow-release fertiliser as that ‘sticks’ to the soil and slows it down being available to the roots when conditions allow.

*Thatch: This is the dead material from the roots & shoots and in good biological conditions will be converted to rich humus soil. Some thatch is natural but excessive thatch stifles nutrients reaching the roots and potentially harbours disease and poor turf.

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Fertilisers; Liquid or granule

It’s a perennial question..liquid or granular fertiliser? The answer may be ..both! They each have pros and cons but a treatment plan for every lawn or paddock should ideally incorporate both types. Granular fertilisers are easy to apply and very visible plus they often have a more varied analysis with more nutrients packed into each bag (eg: AMVISTA Feed, Weed & Mosskill : 8-4-4 (NPK) +2.5Mgo + 7% Fe + 6 CaO + seaweed + 2-4D + CMPP). Liquid fertilisers are improving with some slow-release offerings on the market plus the benefit of immediate feeding of the grass when sprayed on. The use of seaweed is not new but adding regular doses of liquid seaweed sprays, such as MAXICROP CONCENTRATE pure seaweed, in between bouts of granular will improve not only the grass but the microbial content of the soil leading to less reliance in future on synthetic growth stimulants.

 Gone – but not forgotten:

Pesticide products that can no longer be sold (but still may have a use-up period) are:

Kaskara (Broadshot), Merit Turf, Relay Turf and Relay-P, Certis Spraying Oil for red spider mite & conifer aphid. While there are not many new products there are still viable alternatives to consider; FLAIL for tough, woody weeds, NEMASYS nematodes for chafer infestations (see below), PRAXYS/ POLAX for weedy amenity grassland and BANDU for aphid control on conifers.


These are products based on microbial ingredients designed to be a natural and low residue alternative for insect control. MET52 is a naturally occurring soil fungus which has been a great performer for weevils and thrips on amenity vegetation as well as vegetables and berry crops.

The broad title also includes predatory insects such as the Aphalara itadori, a psyllid, being bred and tested for its effectiveness at eating Japanese knotweed. Many people are also more aware of nematodes – the good & bad ones. The withdrawal of MERIT TURF for chafer grub/ leatherjacket control means they are now at the frontline of lawn & grassland protection from these devastating larvae. NEMASYS G & J nematodes are available to purchase but are bred to target specific larvae, so correct identification of the creature chewing your grass roots is key.

Contact Progreen Weed Control for more information on any of these items:

Web: www.progreen.co.uk   email: info@progreen.co.uk

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Is the good old British lawn doomed?

It seems that the once British of all traditions, the lawn, is going into rapid decline.

One in four homes in the UK paves over or lays artificial grass.

Out of 1,000 homeowners survey, a whopping 10 percent said that they found a lawn a burden and that they do not have enough time to mow the lawn.
Over half of those surveyed would now choose decking, a patio or sheds over grass, while a fifth would opt for a summer house.

Craig Corbett of garden furniture website Alfresia.co.uk, which carried out the survey,

"As a time-poor nation, we’re constantly looking for ways to maintain our homes and outdoor space, with minimum effort and minimum cost.

"Maintaining a lawn can take a lot of work. There’s mowing, fertilizing and not forgetting the task of watering it when it hasn’t rained for a few days - taking up time that Brits don’t have.

"Of course, having a patio or decking fitted in the garden often means sacrificing some, if not all of the lawn space. These garden fixtures are becoming increasingly common, and this combined with the fact that adults in the UK don’t feel the same way about their lawns as they used to, it’s no surprise that lawns have shrunk nearly 50 per cent over the past 10 years."

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Quick Guide to Aerating Your Lawn

how to aerate your lawn



The soil beneath the grass on your lawn tends to become compacted over time and as a result has too many solid particles in a certain volume or space which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. The reasons for this vary - lawns in family gardens get used for recreation rather than decoration, while in new build properties the lawn is often laid on nutritionally deficient subsoil rather than high-quality top soil. There may also be an issue with lawn thatch which is essentially strangling the grass and preventing it from growing properly.


In order to deal with this problem, lawns should be aerated twice a year, ideally in the spring as this is prime growing season and will allow time for the grass to recover. The practice of aerating a lawn involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots, resulting in a stronger, more vigorous lawn. Although possible to do this manually, it is more time-efficient and effective to either hire or buy a machine to do it. You will cover more ground evenly this way too...

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Many people dream of owning a home with a beautiful garden – somewhere to create their own outdoor space with plants glistening in the sun and a beautiful lawn for the children or pet to play on in the summer. The dream is always there, the reality though may be somewhat different if you live in the UK.

Unpredictable weather means that growing that perfect looking lawn may prove difficult and then dodging the rain during the summer months leaves the chances of using it properly few and far between. This is where artificial grass comes into its own. More and more people in the UK are turning to artificial grass to replace their lawn and we have decided to have a look at some of the reasons why.

Choice, choice, choice

Grass is grass, right? Wrong. Especially when considering artificial grass. You can have your fake grass created from a range of different materials in order to determine the feel and colour. There are plenty of specialist retailers, like UK-based NAM Grass, who offer a variety of different materials for your grass to be made from including polypropylene, polyethylene and polyamide depending on how soft you want the grass to be. Some materials are better for areas that are going to be used for sports while others are more suited to domestic use. No matter the material that you choose installation is very simple and depending on the size of the area that you are using it in can be done by yourself.

It Looks Good

Having a nice green looking lawn is what the majority of garden owners strive for, and while that isn’t always possible with natural grass it is pretty much guaranteed with artificial turf. There are no annoying weeds growing through that need pulling out every week, and there is no mud that can be traipsed everywhere. This also makes the grass usable after rain without worrying about getting dirty. Artificial grass is also the perfect option for pet owners, particularly those with dogs, as it can’t be dug up and be made to look untidy. Combine this with the fact that the grass is hard wearing and long lasting means that you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

Low Maintenance

One of the major benefits of using artificial grass is that you can spend more time enjoying it and less time maintaining it as it will always be at that perfect height because it doesn’t grow. Artificial grass can be just as cost effective as buying turf and with the low maintenance running costs it can even work out cheaper over the course of time. This is also good for allergy sufferers who won’t have to worry about the freshly cut grass smell contributing to their hay fever.

While re-designing your garden doesn’t have to be a huge task it is always worth considering artificial grass as an alternative, especially if you are struggling to create that perfect looking lawn or are tired of having to keep up maintenance but still want to have grass. What are your thoughts on artificial grass? Do you have any experience of using it as an alternative to real grass? Let us know your experiences below.

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Laying Avon Turf -- The Fundamentals.

At Avon Turf, we've been working as landscape gardeners and turf farmers in the south west for a generation. We've witnessed industry trends come and go, as technology has evolved. We were in this game when rolling turf was an endurance event. Today we sit back and let our turf harvester do the heavy lifting.

Although we offer a landscaping service, we're happy to simply deliver turf too. Customers, and local gardeners, often quiz us on the best practice for laying turf. There are different schools of thought; Some stagger the strips, others lay them to create a stripy effect and there are those who just throw it down and let nature do the rest.

Lawn Care Fundamentals

Through the years, we've witness a multitude of approaches from customers and gardeners with varied degrees of competence and experience. Truth be told, laying turf doesn't require an MBA, but a firm grasp of the fundamentals helps. Our organizing principle here is efficiency, let's roll. 

Here's a rollcall of the essentials:

  • Topsoil
  • A Wheelbarrow (Well, that depends ...)
  • Planks
  • Gloves
  • Turf Knife
  • Garden Sprinkler

Before the fun and games ensue, let's assume you've done the groundwork. For turf to set and rise, you'll require a healthy foundation of soil. We distribute screened topsoil that is ready to disperse evenly and rich in all the essential nutrients, including phosphorous and potassium. Without the right balance, your turf will wither and fade.

As you unfurl the turf, begin with the perimeter. This will give you a guideline as you progress. Unroll the turf parallel, tucking the turves in tightly. Rhizomes allow the turf to bond laterally, but not if there are broad gaps. As you progress to the perimeter your turf knife will come in handy. Perfection isn't necessary, just ensure the turves are in touch and nature will do the rest. 

Look After Your Investment

Once laid your turf will need up to 7 days to become established. During this period you'll need to apply the water generously and evenly throughout the lawn. In the event of discoloration or gaps parting the turf, contact your turf distributor to safeguard your investment. Turf can be laid in an afternoon, but can slowly fade over weeks and months.  

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3 Tips For Summer Lawn Care

During the summer your lawn will play host to heightened levels of footfall. Children fresh out of school playing sports late into the evening, a series of social gatherings and a lack of rain can you leave your lawn looking patchy and parched. However, with a touch of forward planning, you can rouse the best in your lawn by following these three summer lawn care tips.

1) Water Your Lawn

Even the during the hottest times of year your lawn will survive without being watered, as the grass transitions into a dormant state. However, this will result in the color changing from a rich healthy green to a somewhat unattractive brown. Left unchecked, your lawns condition will gradually deteriorate.

If you decide to water your lawn during the dry summer months then it’s important you do so consistently. The best time to water the grass is early in the morning, as you’ll take advantage of natural dew and the lower temperatures reduce the loss of moisture later in the day. If you have the resources, a timed sprinkler system is probably the best solution.

A lot of people tend to water their plants and grass at dusk, but this isn’t ideal. The unintended consequence of this practise is to stimulate the growth of diseases and fungus in the ground. These maladies are not dependent on sunlight for their ideal growing conditions. So, if you plan to water your grass, make sure it is early in the morning.

2) Mowing Time And Height

During midsummer you should reduce the frequency of mowing as this will give the grass a lot more time to recover. Either early morning or late in the evening before sundown is the best time for both the grass and even the average gardener by avoiding the high stresses of the daytime heat.

It is also very important to increase the cutting height of your mower. Leave it at about 3.5 inches and your lawn will thank you for it. This ensures that the soil and roots are protected by more shade resulting in lower moisture loss and healthier looking grass that will thrive.

3) Reduce Foot Traffic

The last factor we’ll discuss in this summer lawn care article, is to reduce the amount of foot traffic. This isn’t always easy as you and your family strive to enjoy the great outdoors. But if you insist on enjoying the garden during the hottest times of day, try to use shaded areas or do your best to rotate where you rest in the sun. That’s easier said than done, but a vital step, non-the-less.

These three fundamentals will make a dramatic impact to the overall health and appearance of your lawn. Hosting a vibrant lawn by the summer’s end will help as you prepare for fall and winter. We hope you’ve found this article useful. Follow the team at Banbury and Oxford Turf as we strive to give you a lawn to be proud of, for all seasons. We'll add more lawn care posts on the Landscape Juice Network soon.

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Organic Lawn Care

Lawn care in the US or UK is no small matter. Industry statistics estimate that up to $40 billion is spent on lawns, and that in the US alone, they account for 30 million acres of land. The vast amount of money spent on lawn care is no testimony to their being healthy however. Organic lawn care on the other hand, can lead to rich green surfaces, the reduction of use of harmful chemicals and be of enormous help to the environment. That's the emphasis of this article. 

A lawn has to be seen as a living organism. Once you have this understanding, you will then tend to treat your lawn with all the care it needs. When you start with organic lawn care, the first step is to test the soil. This will enable you to know the nutrients that are lacking in it, and thus allow you to use organic fertilizers or additives to compensate the lawn with. The soil must also contain worms, bugs and other microorganisms that will aid growth. Compost can be the best fertilizer. This can easily be obtained from local nurseries, but you will do well to learn how to set up your own compost heap, so that you produce such compost yourself. Information on making such compost heaps is widely available over the Internet, with a number of sites giving very clear instructional videos, that will make setting up such compost pits a very simple affair. This can also help you to get rid of your household waste in an environmentally friendly manner. You can also use organic protein based fertilizers like coffee grounds, alfalfa meal and corn gluten meal. Each of them release nitrogen slowly while they are digested by the microorganisms present in the soil. Seaweed can also make a good fertilizer for organic lawn care.

Once you have your soil tested and the nutrient deficiency attended to, you then need to select the right grass for your lawn. Look around your neighborhood and get details of the lawn that most impresses you from your neighbors. Decide on whether you want to start with your lawn by going through the seeding process, or will prefer to buy sods (or turf) from the local nursery, so that you can unfurl natures carpet.

Once your lawn has been treated with seed or sod, you need to ensure that there is no footfall until the grass takes hold and becomes established. Seeding may demand you restrict footfall for a prolonged period, or until the blades have gained sufficient length. Hydration is very important during these initial stages and must be done with a lot of care, so that the growing seed or new sod is not disturbed.

Once the lawn has become established, you need to keep up a regular schedule of maintenance for watering it, mowing it and de-weeding it. An excess of water must be avoided. Weeds need to be removed from their roots and mowing restricted to one third of leaf height. Occasionally, it can also be a good idea to aerate the lawn. This ensures that the roots of the grass remain healthy. Aeration also helps the lawn to retain water that can help its growth. There are some very simple ways of ensuring such aeration, the obvious one being walking over the lawn with spiked shoes. Attachments are also available for lawn mowers that can achieve the same effect.

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Top Tips for Winter Lawn Care

Winter lawn care is all about preparation, adequate lawn preparation during the fall will mean that during the winter your lawn will almost take care of itself - almost!

During the winter months the lawn grass lies dormant in most areas of the country - it's far too cold for grass to grow during the winter in the north, the grass is often beneath a blanket of snow and to the south the ryegrass which grows in the cooler season may be seeded over to maintain a nice, green lawn.

Before winter arrives you should take heed of a few fall lawn care tips;

" As the fall leaves fall you should start to mulch and rake them from the lawn to prepare your lawn for the winter.

" As the temperatures drop and growth slows down you should not need to mow the lawn quite so frequently - just because it's your Sunday morning job during the summer months you don't need to do it if the lawn hasn't grown much.

" Reduce the frequency that you water the lawn - during the long, dry summer lawns need plenty of water to keep them green and fresh but during fall and as winter approaches you don't need to do that - first of all the rate of growth considerably slows and second of all mother nature is quite likely to give you a helping hand in the watering department.

" During the late summer or early fall is the best time to apply fertilizer to your lawn.

" Any weak or dead areas of lawn should not be re-seeded ready for the spring time.

" It may be necessary to de-thatch and aerate your lawn before winter sets in.

" Remember to prepare your gardening tools for the winter too - that includes your mower, trimmers and any hand tools which you use in the garden. Clean them, grease them if necessary and store away until the spring - don't forget to drain and store your sprinklers and hoses too.

Here are one or two winter lawn care tips to ensure that come spring time your lawn is fresh, green and beautiful.

" Make sure that your lawn is clean and tidy - don't leave toys, leaves or debris on the lawn over the winter time. The grass can be smothered by debris as well as encouraging mice, insects and other pests to visit and damage your lawn. It can also help to create disease like conditions which can damage your lawn further through the winter.

" On your last couple of mows before winter sets in lower your mower blades at little - you don't want to leave the grass too long which can also cause diseases and even smother it. Be sure however not to completely scalp the grass which will expose bare patches and the most vulnerable part of the grass to the harsh weather conditions.

" Try not to walk over your lawn too much in the winter time - and tell the rest of the household the same thing.

Dormant grass can tolerate a small amount of traffic whilst it is under snow but too much will make it too compacted to come back nice and green in the springtime and you will notice bare paths across the lawn.

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Following an extensive worldwide search for new bowling green maintenance equipment, Long Beach Lawn Bowls Club in California have recently purchased a Dennis FT610 complete with verticutting and brush cassette, cassette storage system and a Bray hand seed slotter.

Like many bowls clubs around the world, bowling green maintenance duties and decisions are taken care of by the committee and playing members, including Peter Sinclair, the Club President. In late 2012, Peter along with club member Stephanie Johnson and Danny Ramirez from the local golf course, who look after the three bowling greens at the club, spoke with Joe Regan of nearby Laguna Beach Bowls Club. Joe had recently purchased a SISIS Rotorake MK5 and was raving about the playing characteristics of the green.

“We were looking to upgrade our maintenance machinery,” explained Peter, “Our old mower was nearly 30 years old so we spoke with Joe and extensively searched the internet for the best mower on the market. We were particularly interested in purchasing a mower which could also accommodate turf maintenance cassettes, which would give us one machine to carry out a range of tasks. The Dennis FT610 looked to be such a good quality mower.”

The Dennis FT610 professional mower, fitted with the innovative interchangeable cassette system is unrivalled as a mower and turf maintenance machine on all areas of fine turf. A cutting width of 24” and a range of 11 interchangeable cassettes mean that one machine can be used for several different jobs from de-thatching, verticutting or brushing.

The machine was sold by CS Trading, the USA distributors of Dennis Mowers. The prompt response to every email & telephone conversation with Ian Camp and his team convinced Long Beach Lawns Bowls Club that the product would be very well supported, taking away the fear of being the first user in America.

"When we researched the Dennis FT610 the mower came out on top of the operators' evaluations for ease of use, robustness and manoeuvrability. We were immediately impressed with the ease of swapping cassettes, giving a versatile machine that could improve the quality of our bowls green. Rather than having to manoeuvre several heavy machines around, our greenkeeping needs could be met with just one machine.”

Long Beach Lawns Bowls Club has a well-earned reputation for presenting the sport of lawn bowls to hundreds of people and for producing national champions. The club has been used by both divisional and national organizations for international and national competitions.

“It’s a great product and we get great support from CS Trading. I would highly recommend the Dennis FT610 to anyone looking after a bowling green.”

For further information or a no obligation demonstration, please contact CS Trading on (864) 843 5972or visit www.dennisuk.com.

For more news, reviews and insightful views, you can follow Dennis on Twitter @DennisMowers and like the company’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/DennisMowersUK. You can also view the latest Dennis videos by visiting www.youtube.com/DennisMowers.

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Why Decking Is Growing In Popularity

When the weather warms up, our thoughts turn to spending time outside. We begin to think of summer nights grilling steaks and enjoying time with family and friends. These times together are made so much more special when we have a nice outdoor space in which to gather and decks serve this purpose so well. Decks are relatively easy to build, add value to your home, and come in all shapes, sizes and colours today. These are a few of the reasons why decking is growing in popularity. 

Another reason for outdoor decking’s increasing popularity is the variety of building materials available to choose from. In contrast the early decking choices of pine, cedar and oak, today a homeowner has a veritable plethora of choices available. There are composites which are a combination of wood and plastic fibers. These new technologies are available in many colors, thicknesses and grain patterns. Many of the higher quality composites are colored all the way through which helps to hide scratches and keeps the boards from fading and resists mold. These composites are also rot and insect resistant and also clean up with soap and water.

There are also really beautiful tropical hardwoods from South America, Africa, the Philippines, and Malaysia which are so dense they can’t be nailed without first drilling a pilot hole. These woods are also resistant to insects and rot and virtually maintenance free. All they need is a bit of scrubbing to clean them up, although they don’t stain very well because they are so dense. If they are left natural, they will eventually weather to a nice silver color. These woods are farm-grown and sustainable and must be certified through the Forest Stewardship Council so you know they were legally grown and harvested.

When it comes to decking, natural wood still reigns supreme. Wood decking material comes in three categories – pressure-treated, redwood and cedar, and tropical hardwoods. Most of these decking woods can be found in the local lumberyard, however some are still only available online.

Of the woods used for decking, by far the most popular is still pressure-treated decking. The majority of all decks – almost seventy-five percent – are built using this decking material. Virtually all of every deck’s under-structure frame including the beams, posts, and joists are made of pressure-treated lumber. This is because pressure-treated lumber is widely available and the most affordable of the decking materials. Most is cut from southern pine and is chemically treated to be decay resistant and to resist wood-boring bugs and fungus. The primary disadvantage of pressure-treated lumber is its tendency to split, well, crack and warp. A deck built with pressure-treated lumber requires annual routine maintenance including staining and power-washing.

Redwood and cedar are stronger and naturally resistant to weather, but still require they be power-washed or scrubbed annually and should be stained or clear-finished every three or four years. If this isn’t done, both cedar and redwood will weather to a silvery gray.

The reasons why decking in Swindon (and through the world) is growing in popularity are many, but as an alternative to patios or plain sod lawns, decks provide a pleasant outdoor space to gather with family and friends. Add a hot tub or a great grill and a bar and you’ve got an outdoor party!

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Changing with the seasons

I have noticed a number of new ground maintenance start up businesses around Glasgow this season, as always happens at the start of a new growing season.

2013 must be a particularly difficult year to try and start such a company though due to the late start of the real growing spurt that has usually kicked off by now. Cold nights and dry weather in many areas has slowed down any new growth of grass, weeds (not such a bad thing!) and shrubs. Clients are reluctant to start paying for maintenance again for the year as they feel their gardens look ok for the time being. But what does this mean for gardeners and maintenance contractors?

Well, it makes it more difficult to get a garden under control to begin with. Typically March would be a time for a real gutting out of borders, under shrubs and hedges, clearing up all leaves lying around and edging/scraping/sweeping all the unwanted debris that gathers, cultivating and hoeing. The clear-up would move on to April where lawn treatments form a large part of the work. Moss treatment and scarifying take a couple of weeks between visits and are ideally carried out in dry conditions but with a wet forecast to water things after the vigorous process that involves raking moss out of lawns.

Where clients postpone the commencement of gardening work this sets off a delay that can last months in some cases. Weather conditions might not be suitable for certain work and getting a late start to lawn preparation will make getitng perfect results more difficult.

For this reason I prefer to take management of grounds and gardens where a client is happy to allow me to choose when and how to carry out the work that best suits their garden's needs. An annual garden care agreement won't work out any more expensive than pay-per-visit, it allows payments to be spread out over 12 months of the year rather than 9 and gives me the flexibility to make visits as I see a need for them. This invariably results in a nicer-looking garden for 12 months a year, rather than a mad rush in spring after 4 months of looking out at a messy area covered in leaves.

So those new businesses that start up might find things difficult if they only stick to what some clients feel is the 'gardening season'. Those that can adapt, offer extra value and take control of gardens are the ones who I feel will make a greater success of their businesses.

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Natural stone patio - Prenton Wirral

This landscape design was created by our in house landscape architect Emily Ross. Here she has worked with our customer to create this fantastic garden design that makes use of Marshalls Fairstone Paving and natural setts. As you can see from the design below it also incorporates a circle lawn and many planters

To see this design come to life please visit: 

Project 1 Natural Indian Sandstone Patio Prenton Wirral   

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 The contents of this blog show, Hard Landscaping, Landscaper, Paving, Patio, Contemporary Garden Design, Artificial Lawn, Artificial Grass, Tobermore, Devon.


Day 20

Curved block paving

he second coat of Graphite masonry paint is applied to the entire render works.

 The consolidated sand is screed ed to house the curving outer rings of the block paving patio center circle.

Patio installer Devon


The Tobermore Sienna silver patio block paving is installed on full 4:1 ratio mortar beds.

Paving contractor Devon


The paving units are placed on the bed and spaced evenly, note that the paving is not protruding too high next to the units that have been installed, this precise bed ensures that you need not try to smash the patio paving units down, therefore eliminating breakages or cracking the paving slab / flag, as our friends up North would say.

Garden patio paving


Gentle taps with a rubber mallet makes light work of achieving the correct falls and levels, all paving should be checked constantly with a spirit level both longitude and latitude as it doesn't take much to drift up or down, causing high and low spots.

Grono artificial grass


The Grono artificial fake grass is laid over the center rings and the precision cutting commences, plenty of new Stanley blades are required for this procedure.

Grono artificial lawn


Block paving offset rings and Grono artificial grass create an excellent hard landscaping surface, no dog urine burns and no more laborious grass cutting!

Landscape construction Devon


Full paving units are installed first, once all the full units are installed to the correct falls and levels with even spacing's then the cuts to the paving slabs will commence.

Landscaper Brixham Devon

As with every task that is undertaken by us, washing down and keeping the project clean saves time as I don't price to scrub walls, driveways, footpaths, paving etc at the latter part of the landscaping build.

Sympathetic regard to the client and neighbours is paramount within my practice.

Day 21

Feeling extremely deflated, walked into the landscaping project in Brixham, Devon this morning to find that the local cat had an over night rave on the freshly painted graphite masonry paint and danced on white paving slabs, the mud on the walls can be painted on the last day of the project.....not so worried about the mud. The paving has been scrubbed and this is the result once dried.

Cats prints on white paving slabs

Ggggrrrrrrr !

Cat paw prints

Bloody cats !

Bloody cats

Ggggrrrrrrr !

Really miffed with cats right now

The artificial grass is cut to the required shape using new blades, as I'm using the edge of the blocks as a guide the blade will not last long.

All duct work is completed with blue draw cord pulled through the ducting with the aid of the pre inserted thin black cord

Cutting the artificial grass

The fake grass is glued in place with Aqua pond adhesive and blocks weigh the edges down for 12 hours.

The full paving slab installation continues.

Artificial lawn edges glued and weighed down

Hardcore is back filled to the work change area and consolidated in layers of 150mm maximum.

Back filling with hardcore

Early finish for me today, two reasons, sometimes, not often at all, you just need to walk away from the project for a few hours when you feel a little hot under the collar.

Secondly, its the Marshalls South West regional award ceremony this evening in Exeter.

Fingers crossed !!


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New Dark chocolate heavy duty lawn edging ( dark soil colour)

Worth remembering , a new colour in our recycled plastic lawn edging 2-3 mm.

For those that do not know the product it is not the cheap ones that are falling apart,

Our edgings are long lasting 10-25 years , strimmer proof , mow over yet most cost effective so are good for any-size garden. The new colour will work well for those prefer more natural colour even the edging is nearly invisible in most cases. ( 2mm is thick as a pound coin).

New sitting hammocks

Sitting hammocks , new line extremely comfortable ( comes with leg room ).

all hand made and cool colour design . While one line of sitting hammocks is made of tough synthetic  materials that will last many years outdoor, the second

type is hand woven in a traditional way by a native American that makes them for over 10 years , these are made of cotton ropes.

Click to visit the website:

 Lawn edgings

Sitting Hammocks

Always happy to assist at 01630 673860 Ofer,

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If you are reading this blog post, you may be asking yourself some or all of the following questions:


There are several ways to help your gardener help you this year - we have listed some of them below.


Nothing frustrates a professional gardener more than travelling to your property only to find that the gates are locked and they can't get in. Most gardeners will let you know what day they will be coming, so you can leave the gates open, or if security is a concern, leave them a key to the gates in a key safe. Something like one of the items on this page would be ideal:  http://www.discountlocks.co.uk/Key-Safe-Outdoor-Key-Boxes-and-External-Secure-Key-Storage-s/63.htm This way your property stays secure and your garden gets maintained too.

Lots of gardening business will charge you for time wasted if they are locked out and can't carry out any work. One penalty charge would probably have bought a key safe and prevented this problem.


If you have dogs or other animals that live in your garden, clean up after them - gardeners normally won't deal with this and may charge you if they can't work due to extensive animal fouling. Your pets are your responsibility - NO ONE likes stepping in dog fouling in the street, so make sure the gardener doesn't do it in your garden! 


If you know when your gardener is coming, help them by NOT slowing them down. For example as well as making sure the gate is open, don't do your washing that day if your washing line overhangs the lawn, as this makes it difficult to mow the lawn properly and may result in your clean washing getting dusty or accidentally marked whilst the gardener is working. If you have child's toys, a patio dining set or a trampoline that is in the area where the gardener is to be working, simply move them out of the way before they get there. Whilst the gardener may appreciate the odd offer of a coffee or cold drink, don't interrupt them too much as they are likely to have a very busy schedule.


However you pay your gardener, be it cash, cheque or bank transfer, make sure that they have their money by the agreed date. Many business impose charges for late payments - gardening businesses are no exception! If you regularly pay your gardener on time and for some reason miss a payment and get a reminder letter or note, don't panic as they will trust more than likely you that it will be paid ASAP. However if you frequently pay late, some businesses may eventually refuse to visit or impose very strict conditions.


This DOESN'T mean spend ages chatting to them, but a word in passing or a quick text, email or note lets them know that their work is appreciated and also lets them know of any plans that you may have for your garden in the future. This leads us onto our next point...


If you have a specific task that you want doing that your gardener doesn't do, ask them if they know anyone that does. Most will know several local trusted tradesmen and can save you the hassle of finding someone to mend your fence or install that new patio.

Perhaps the gardener even offers that service themselves and you just didn't know. For example a gardener may be able to fertilize, scarify or aerate your lawn instead of you calling another 'lawn care company' to do this work.... 


If you live within a 7 mile radius of the Spalding, Lincolnshire area and are looking for a professional garden or grounds maintenance service to visit your property, our business (ANP Services Spalding) can help you both maintain AND improve your garden - no matter how big or small.

For your peace of mind, we are FULLY insured and licensed waste carriers, we also provide free, no obligation quotations and in most instances can offer a fixed price for any works required...

For full details on what we can do for you:

See our website


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