Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Keeping Your Grass Green During The Summer Months As the warm weather continues (hopefully), the lawn may suffer from the heat and dry weather. Here are a few tips to keep your Summer lawn looking its best. Mowing During the dryer months its important not to over-mow the lawn, this will weaken the grass and leave it vulnerable to lawn moss and weeds. Raise the blade on your mower slightly higher, this will also be beneficial for preventing weed germination and moisture loss. For a finishing touch use edging shears to cut away any long grass encroaching into the boarders. We recommend using long handled shears so you can do the job standing up without having to bend. Watering In dry weather without significant rainfall, its best to water your lawn thoroughly once a week rather than to lightly mist it every day. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best time to water so that the moisture can reach the roots before its evaporated by the heat of the sun. An easy way to thoroughly water a larger lawn is to use a hose and a sprinkler. We have a variety of watering tools in store but our favourites to use are the Hozelock sprinkler and hose from the Plus collection. Feeding Rejuvenate your lawn with regular feeding, this helps to keep it lush and green whilst preventing weeds and moss establishing. We recommend Solabiol Top Lawn, it contains seaweed which naturally contains iron, a key nutrient for a thicker, greener and healthier lawn. This is a long-lasting feed that will continue to work for up to twice...
Hedgehog-friendly Gardening 

Hedgehog-friendly Gardening 

Hedgehogs are becoming a rare sight in our once abundant gardens, parks and hedgerows. Hedgehogs are dramatically disappearing from our countryside and numbers have fallen by 30% in just the last 10 years. It is thought that there are fewer than one million left in the UK. Habitat loss contributes greatly to the decline of our much-loved Hedgehog population. According to the Wildlife Trusts, our gardens combined provide a space for wildlife larger than all our National Nature Reserves. That’s pretty amazing, and most importantly it means that we can help the struggling Hedgehog to thrive once again, by gardening in a wildlife friendly way. Even the smallest changes to your gardening routines can greatly improve the Hedgehogs chances of survival. Make Hedgehogs a home Hedgehog houses are perfect for creating a safe nesting place for Hedgehogs to raise their young during the Summer months of June and July, and for hibernation during the Winter. We have a variety of Hedgehog homes in store. We recommend Green Key Garden & Home Hog Hut, its made with sustainably sourced timber and its easy to assemble. The Hog Hut even has an internal hidden chamber for added safety from predators. The hut provides all year round shelter, just place dried leaves or grass inside ready for visiting Hedgehogs. Place the hut undercover out of prevailing winds, ideally covered by foliage to provide camouflage. Check your garden for hazards   Hedgehogs roam between houses and neighbourhoods. They travel up to 2 km per night in search for mates, nesting sites and food. Creating small tunnels underneath fences can help the Hedgehogs to safely...