All lawns suffer from weeds and moss from time to time unless they are regularly maintained. Here at S&D Landscapes we offer a variety of lawn treatments either as one offs or indeed part of our yearly maintenance plans.
It is essential that lawns are cared for properly in order to achieve a quality look. Lawns should be treated in the same way as you would maintain your borders, shrubs, plants, and trees as weeds can take up essential nutrients that your lawn needs. Moss can cause various problems with a lawn surface and can create fungal problems. Moss does not allow nutrients into the soil, and it acts as a barrier against moisture being taken up by the grass.
How many weeds are there found in grass?
Well, believe it or not, there are several different types of weeds that can cause issues with your lawn.
Common weeds found in amenity and ornamental lawns:-
- Yarrow – Achellia millifolium
- Daisy – Bellis perennis
- Creeping Buttercup – Rannunculus repens
- Clover – Trifolium repens
- Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
- Birds Foot Trefoil – Lotus coniculatus
- Selfheal – Prunella vulgari
- Lesser Trefoil – Trifolium dubium
- Speedwell – Veronica
- Chickweed – Stellaria media
- Plantain – Plantago major
- Cats Ear – Hypercaria radicata
- Common Ragwort – Senecio jacobea
- Bristly Ox-Tongue – Picris echioides
These weeds can be treated with a selective herbicide over the course of a year. A heavily infested lawn should really be treated twice in the first year and then once a year thereafter to ensure the weeds do not reappear.
When is the right time to treat weeds in a lawn?
Weed treatments ideally should be avoided in hot weather and drought and also if rain is likely to fall within four hours of the application. It is also important not to mow the grass 3 days prior to, and 3 days after an application as the herbicide will not have the full effect.
The occurrence of Moss within a lawn is a sure sign that something is wrong. Typical causes we encounter are:
- Insufficient fertilizer
- Water logging
- Lack of air flow
- A Shaded Lawn
- Acidic Soils
- Lack of air flow
A well cut, fed and aerated lawn will suffer less from moss problems. Moss has a difficult time trying to grow in strong healthy grass and so having your lawn cared for properly really can make a difference.