Here we installed a “Jute” Membrane. This was made of a plant which is very tough and provides a natural method of stabilising the bank. We have seeded the bank with a range of naturally occurring indigenous grasses which will grow through the membrane and provide a low maintenance but pleasing cover which will need strimming off only once a year.
There is a significant and wide ranging community of experts who have spent many years studying the complex mechanisms of life within soil. It is suggested that there are upwards of 100 million different types of organisms within soil and all of them operate in a complex biological relationship. So how is the lay person supposed to get to grips with all this complexity? Basically, they do not have to!
Whether it is a small ornamental lawn or a much larger project, the key is to have a look and evaluate the topsoil levels, type and condition. Often we are working with builders or landscapers and it is important to make sure that any indigenous topsoil that is on site is put to one side so that it is not lost by being mixed in and that it remains in good condition and not structurally damaged. Builders are often trained to “compact” materials which is good for building but not for lawns.
Perfect Ground Solutions often get asked to look at lawns that are uneven. Soil will continue to settle and consolidate naturally for five to ten years following building or drainage work. Removal of trees or animal activity (moles, rabbits etc) can also lead to unevenness. The best approaches and timing will depend on the cause of any slumping, the soil type and its existing condition and so, long before we bring in any new soil, we carry out a full investigation of the site.
Perfect Ground Solutions get asked to look at lawns that are just not looking right and are no longer meeting the client’s needs; the lawn is getting old and tired and we’re asked to come and fix it.
This is often due to the ingress of coarse wild grasses (such as cocksfoot and soft brome). The seed has usually been brought in by birds or the wind over time. These coarse grasses have a very deleterious effect on the appearance of the lawn. These indigenous weed grasses are often more vigorous than the amenity grasses used for high quality lawns and so they grow faster and create tussocky patches.
We get asked to look at lawns that have tussocky patches in them and are no longer meeting the client’s needs. This is often due to the ingress of coarse wild grasses (such as cocksfoot and soft brome).
The seed has usually been brought in by birds or the wind over time. These indigenous weed grasses are often more vigorous than the amenity grasses used for high quality lawns and so they grow faster and create the tussocky patches.
Now that Spring is creeping up on us, we have to consider how we go about mowing our lawn! Mistakes are often made on cut height and timing which can cause stress to the lawn and detract from it’s health and appearance.
I tend to think of a lawn not as a single “entity” but more of a large flower bed full of “grass plants”. We have to remember that these plants were not designed to be “cut” – they are on this planet for only two reasons: to flower and produce seed in an attempt to reproduce.
During last summer after a very dry spring, many lawns were blighted by dry patches where the grass plants appeared to have died out. We looked at many areas where overseeding had been tried but to no effect.
The main reason for these patches was a phenomenon known as “dry patch”. Dry patches are partly caused by the presence of waxy resins which are caused by naturally occurring soil fungi…