Lawn Care-STEPHEN CHARLES LANDSCAPES LIMITED 0203 8978 422

Contact UsTel: 0203 8978 422Email: info@stephencharleslandscapes.co.uk

STEPHEN CHARLES LANDSCAPES LIMITED 0203 8978 422

Lawn Care

Lawn Care & Maintenance                  0203 8978 422

Lawn care can be part of ongoing Garden Maintenance, Landscape Maintenance Grounds Maintenance or can be purchased as a standalone service.

For a quick and accurate quote click the link to our contact us page


There are broadly two main types of activities required to keep your lawn healthy: 
1/  Grass maintenance
including Mowing edging and removal of leaves

2/  Lawn Care  
overall of the maintenance procedures required to keep your lawn healthy -  Scarification, Aerating, Top Dressing, Overseeding, Feeding, Weed Control, watering - we have grouped these into "packages" to make things a little easer.


You can purchase each package individually with or without a mowing service.

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Details of our seasonal lawn care packages are detailed below:

The advantages of our lawn care service are:
  • Dark Green, Weed-Free Lawn    
  • Impress  Relatives, Friends and Neighbours 
  • A Green Weed Free Lawn Will Make You The Envy of The Neighbourhood — Everyone Compares The Colour of Their Grass To Their Neighbours. (this was first found on our website many years ago, and now many other franchises have staretd using this!)
  • All applications coordinated with our mowing schedule to ensure the most effective fertilization and weed control treatment every time
  •  For very little money you can have a green, weed free lawn.  The visual  impact as you drive up to your property, resell value, disease prevention, elimination of thinning issues, all easily offset the very low cost to keep your lawn green, healthy, disease,  weed free and absolutely stunning.
  • We are a landscape gardening company and all our people are direct employees who are trained to a higher standard then any of our competitors.
  • Many lawn care companies are Franchise operations so the owner may have had the franchise to fix car windscreens last week and buys the franchise and is a lawn care “Expert “ this week!!
  • NO Contracts you can chose how many of the packages you need and add weekly-bi weekly mowing or you could mow yourself !
  • We sort everything just one phone call or email and we will schedule an appointment, email a quotation and can have the work completed within a week of your call
  • No hidden surprises! When we say we carry out a package we include everything unlike some of our competitors who expect you to dispose of the waste.
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The first and most important part of caring for your lawn is to give us a call on 0203 8978 422 orvia our contact us page click the link. We will come and provide a free assessment of your lawn and advice as to the lawn care programme which is most suited to your lawn.


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Mowing your turf is the single most important activity you can do to maintain a beautiful lawn.

MOWING
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Grass is dynamic and responds to changes. Your turf will get used to how much you cut off and being cut to the same height. If you dramatically lower the height of cut or let the grass grow too long before cutting it, you can injure or even kill your lawn. Dark green leaves can withstand the intense rays of the sun, but those parts of your turf near the soil, which are shaded by the leaves, are very sensitive to the sun. Therefore, if you scalp your turf and expose those tender tissues near the soil, the sun may scorch your turf. Scorched turf will turn yellow, grow slowly and may even die. In general the longer the turf, the deeper the roots. However, if lawns are mown higher than 20mm, there will be sufficient roots. The actual height of the turf is a matter of preference. However, if most amenity lawns are mown shorter than 25mm it will weaken the turf, allow more weeds to encroach and in general, require more care.  Mow your new turf at 25mm because it provides a high quality appearance. You can raise the height of cut if you want to. If you let your lawn get much higher than normal, raise up the height of cut. Then, each time you mow bring it down by a third, until it is the height you want.

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Services we carry out include:
 
1/ Scarification  
October To February
Winter Lawn Care Package

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to the mechanical means of removing surface thatch that has built up over the year, thereby enabling air flow, nutrients and moisture to reach the root zone. This results in the healthier grass which is less prone to fungal attack. Although Scarifying is generally done in the winter season it may also be done in the growing season under some circumstances.scarfying_lawn

This is the most effective way of relieving lawn compaction and thatch, by punching thousands of cores from the lawn. The operation thins out thatch from the surface of the lawn, whilst at the same time relieving soil compaction within the root zone. It is even more effective in relieving compaction if is combined with Top Dressing- the top dressing will fill the holes left by the aeration and because of the
nature of the top dressing air can still circulate in the holes.

2/ Aeration  
October to Febuary/March
Aeration is
generally done
in the winter season it may also be done in the growing season under some circumstances.

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3/ Top Dressing
September to March
Top-dressing is the application of loam, sand and well-rotted organic matter to a lawn in order to correct surface irregularities and improve the texture of difficult soils. It can be carried out after moss and weeds have been removed.
  This encourages greater rooting and thickening of turf. Top dressing can be carried out in combination with overseeding. 


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4/ Overseeding
Where 
the grass is growing sparsely, over-seeding may be necessary. Early autumn is the best time for this job, but Early to mid-spring is also suitable. Overseeding allows for the application of grass seeds which are best suited to an individual site. This is particularly important with lawns laid using commercially grown turf In which the grass seeds used are those best suited to growing in an open field and then being harvested, transported and relayed. Turf grass should be replaced  over a 5 year period as the old grasses die off. Overseeding speeds up the rejuvenation of a neglected lawn by incorporating new healthy fine grasses into your lawn.

Over seeding of an existing lawn is a recognised essential part of annual lawn maintenance. All lawns are affected by the specific growing environment in which they exist, their level of use and general weather conditions. As a result, understanding the basic principles of over seeding and choice of seed mix will enable us to  work
with nature toward giving you a greener and healthier lawn.


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The autumn and winter climate will eventually slow or stop the grass growing, so the micronutrient requirements of your lawn change.

5/ Lawn Feeding and Weed Control:  This is in the early winter or late winter early spring
 - different in that it doesn't need to encourage growth. Instead, it needs to stimulate chlorophyll activity for a stronger, more robust lawn that's better able to cope with the rigours of winter. In addition, the feed used during this period dehydrates any moss that may have built up, helping to control it by slowing down its activity. By keeping the moss spores to a low level, it also prepares your lawn for any mechanical work.
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Winter Green Up

A specialist fertiliser that can be used all year round but especially in Autumn, Winter and early Spring to provide a quick green-up of any turf type and with 65% of the iron derived from iron sucrate, the effects can last up to 3 months. Improves the appearance and increase the hardiness of tees, greens, lawns and pitches.


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Spring Lawn Care Package
Spring is all about new growth and rejuvenation. Your grass is hungry for all those nutrients associated with growth.
May to 21st June

Our customised fertiliser is uniquely developed to work in cooler temperatures, encouraging the grass plant to wake from its dormant state into the growing period. It provides the right mix of nutrients to help the grass grow stronger and give it a vibrant colour. With Nitrogen to get the sward (The individual blades of grass)growing strongly

Phosphorous supports root development which is essential to support the growing sward. Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium are all required to keep grass healthy during the growing phase.
Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for growth but it isn't stored by the soil so it has to be added. It's broken down by the soil into nitrates which can then be taken up through the plants' roots. All the other micronutrients are already present in the soil so adding the fertiliser supports and
rejuvenates
the existing soil nutrients

The season kicks off in March or April as the days become longer and the weather starts to warm up.



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We also apply a suspension of Heterorhabitis

If you're a new client you should expect over half of your weeds to disappear after the first treatment. After three or four treatments most of your weeds should be gone.

Spring weather conditions tend to result in a flourish of young weeds, so this application also includes a selective herbicide used to control broad-leafed weeds, such as dandelion, daisy, clover and buttercup. When sprayed it enters the plant via the leaf, disrupting its normal growth pattern. Gradually the appearance of weeds in the lawn reduces over the following three weeks and throughout the growing season
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bacteriophora, this is a nematode which is a organic control  for Chafer grubs

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Now your lawn is off to a great start and growing nicely we need to keep that way so the nutrient levels in the soil topped up
Whilst all other dates in the lawn maintenance year are approximate the only date which is fixed is midsummers day. Within 24 hours the growth of the sward changes! Whilst this is not immediately noticeable in domestic lawns when we cut larger lawns cut with a tractor and finishing mower there is an audible difference – the grass stems are softer and more easily cut after midsummer
 


Early Summer Lawn Care Package
 
so the lush green luxurious growth can be maintained. Nitrogen which is leached by rain and irrigation form the soil needs to be replaced so it is readily available for uptake by the grass and there should also be a balance with the other nutrients so we include Phosphorus and potassium in the feed programme. Applications should be made every 8 to 10 weeks dependent upon the cationic exchange capacity (cec) of you soil We also  spread mycorrhizal fungi these have a saprophytic relationship with plant roots and assist with the uptake of phosphorus. Although these are not used widely in domestic gardens they are used wildly by professional groundsmen particularly on Cricket wickets where ware and tare and compaction are a problem
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We also apply a selective herbicide to target any new weed invaders that may have sprung up in the spring months, resulting in a lawn to be proud of at this time of year when you'll be using it most.
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Mid Summer Lawn Care Package

21st June to September

As the warm weather continues, we support the lawn’s growth and colour with a similar nutrient-rich fertiliser to the Early Summer feed, also coated to prevent rapid disintegration into the soil.

For the best results and a wonderful looking lawn, you'll need to water your lawn regularly to ensure that the nutrients from the fertiliser are steadily released and consistently feeding the grass plant.


The feed contains Nitrogen, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium to maintain the health and vigour of your lawn.

We also spread mycorrhizal fungi these have a saprophytic relationship with plant roots and assist with the uptake of phosphorus.

There is no Phosphorous in this mix because levels will still be enough in the soil from the Spring Treatment.

The fertiliser and fungi  are applied with a professional spreader to ensure that we don't apply too much at this time of the year

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At this time we apply a suspension of Heterorhabitis

We also apply a selective systemic herbicide to target any unsightly weeds that may have crept into the lawn during the summer.

Watering is essential if there is no rainfall as it will help release the nutrient into the soil, where it feeds the plant 
bacteriophora, this is a nematode which is an organiccontrol for Chafer grubs and Steinernema feltiae  Which control  Leather jackets. As it is when these larvae are most active.

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Then we are back to the Winter / Spring Lawn Care

Autumn Revive Treatment

We can provide a specialist Fertilizer treatment during the autumn, winter and early spring period to provide a quick green-up of any turf type and with 65% of the iron derived from iron sucrate, the effects can last up to 3 months.


This improves the appearance and increases the hardiness of tees, greens, lawns and pitches.

In this treatment, Iron sulphate gives the initial colour and hardening. Iron sucrate gives a gentle and consistent release making iron available to the plant over several months to ensure turf remains a brilliant green through all but the harshest winter.

This treatment is low in both nitrogen and sulphur but with high potassium and an additional 9.9% calcium, and is an ideal for application to golf and bowling greens as a treatment before the onset of winter, or as an early season
starter, which will provide colour and hardiness without stimulating excessive growth.

Lawn Disease Control

When symptoms of fungal lawn disease occur our unique FCS treatment will control the common lawn fungal diseases. 
Due to the high cost of treatment, we would only undertake the FCS treatment when symptoms are present.

The fungal diseases controlled are:


Fusarium Patch        Turf_Fusarium_Patch 

Red Thread               Turf_Red_Thread

Dollar Spot                Turf_Dollar_Spot

Anthracnose             Turf_Anthracnose

Leaf Spot                  Turf_Leaf_Spot

Rust                         turf_Rust