Why do I need to renovate my lawn?
- Over time lawns can deteriorate and need renovation work to avoid total replacement
- Following times of drought stress many lawns will not recover without some renovation work
- Nothing lives for ever, even lawn grasses. Renovation can introduce new plants to replace old and tired varieties
- Lawns become compacted over time, limiting root development, and hindering healthy growth
- Reducing thatch and moss growth will enable your lawn to thrive with minimal competition
Renovating your lawn is an essential process to maintain long-term health and reduce the need for re-turfing a completely deteriorated lawn
What is a lawn renovation?
When is the best time to carry out lawn work?
How long will my lawn take to recover?
How can I help my dead lawn?
If so, read on…
Lawn renovation work briefly explained…
- Aeration will relive lawn compaction, creating space in the soil for roots to develop
- Scarification reduces the build up of organic matter such as dead grass and moss
- Over-seeding introduces modern plant varieties that can be greener, deeper rooted, more drought and disease resistant
- Top-dressing help to create ideal growing environments and boosts essential soil biology
- Specialist treatments for nutrition, drought management and lawn diseases can also be applied
Why is a lawn renovation important?
Over time lawns can deteriorate. Many lawns have never had specialist renovation work. It’s not unusual for lawns not to have had any seeding carried out since the house was first built. Organic matter can build up on the surface of the lawn, causing many long-term issues. Specialist lawn renovation work can breathe new life into a tired lawn or can be used to maintain the appearance of a lawn that’s already in good condition.
Is lawn renovation useful for a dead or dry lawn?
During times of drought stress grass will die back. Some grass may recover but in the meantime many weeds will have taken advantage of the dry conditions to colonise the lawn. Following drought is an ideal time to renovate a lawn rather than expensive re-turfing
Why does aeration benefit my lawn?
Roots grow in the air spaces in the soil. Good root development is a plant’s way of accessing moisture and nutrition and generally remaining healthy. Soils can become compacted over time. Aeration relieves that compaction, promotes root density, and boosts soil microbial activity.
Why does my lawn need to be scarified?
Over time organic matter can build up on the surface of the lawn. Some grass plants shed lots of dead leaves and others send out runners that can create lawn thatch, making it more difficult for moisture and nutrition to reach the root zone. Thatch can harbour diseases and also reduce the amount of moisture or nutrition reaching the soil. Some lawns tend to become mossy over time. Scarification reduces the build-up of organic matter, thatch and lawn moss issues, creating a healthier growing environment for your lawn grasses.
What are the benefits of seeding rather than turfing a lawn?
Growing a lawn from seed allows us to select exactly the right blend for the location of your lawn – whether that be shady, damp, sandy or in full sun on a south facing slope. We can even sow different seeds in different areas of your lawn if needed. That seed establishes slowly. The developing grass plants gradually adapt to the area where they are growing. When you bring turf to site it has often been grown in very different conditions to those of your lawn. This can result in die back and turf shock.
Why is seeding better than turfing a lawn?
Firstly, turfing is far more expensive. The old lawn needs to be lifted and removed from site. Lifting a lawn is hard work and waste disposal is expensive. Next you need to bring new turf to site and often that turf is bringing with it pests like leather jackets or chafer grubs which turf-growers can no longer kill due to the withdrawal of control products. These are pests that you don’t want to risk bringing into your garden.
What are the benefits of top-dressing my lawn?
The addition of a top dressing to your lawn can carry different benefits depending on the type of dressing used. Our compost-based dressing is very high in carbon content and composted organic matter. This brings a huge boost in soil microbial activity, due to the presence of beneficial bacteria and fungi in the lawn dressing. This microbial activity helps to break down organic matter in your lawn, releasing macro and micro-nutrients which benefit the health of your grass plants. It also reduces the risk of thatch build-up in the future.
Will top-dressing level my lawn?
Top-dressing will certainly help but it won’t level a very uneven lawn. Once applied we use a drag—mat on the lawn. This knocks the dressing off high points and drops it into hollows which will reduce the appearance of some unevenness. Regular top-dressing will certainly improve lawn levels over time.
How often does my lawn need renovating?
Major lawn renovation should not need to be done regularly, provided that you are providing the right lawn treatments for nutrition, moss and weed control. Most lawns will benefit from regular aeration and a light annual scarification.
How do we renovate your lawn?
- We assess the area and make detailed recommendations of the processes required
- We use specialist, heavy-duty equipment designed to deliver great results
- We aim to complete most lawn renovations in the same day which minimises interruption to the property owner
- We select the ideal seed blend for the area to be renovated
- We provide follow-up visits to assess progress and add further seed if needed
- We provide you with detailed after-care information to get great results
Our professional lawn renovations deliver great results and take the strain out of caring for your lawn. All you have to do is mow and water in times of drought. We do the rest. Leave your lawn to us