Many lawns suffered in the heatwave of 2018 which wasn’t helped by the late, cold and wet end to the winter which dragged on into spring. This results in lots of cases with lawns that have bare patches which have not recovered. The reasons for this are many and we do need to have a look to diagnose why and suggest remedial action. However, one to the more deep-rooted reasons is a phenomenon called (rather boringly named) “Dry Patch”.
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.
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.
Turf can be purchased and laid on a carefully prepared surface to give a rapid finish for a new lawn. Perfect Ground Solutions provide expert advice in site preparation, selecting and sourcing the correct turfing, laying turf to a very high standard and working with garden designers, landscapers and private clients, to create and establish lawns throughout Hertfordshire and Essex, that will establish well and give years of use for your family.
Often after hard landscaping activities have been carried out, builders have a habit of leaving the levels on lawns different to those of the completed feature.
Not only is this not very aesthetic but it makes lawn maintenance operations such a mowing much more difficult.
It’s a simple operation carried out by Perfect Ground Solutions to repair the lawn levels and make sure the the garden becomes much more pleasing to the eye and easier to manage.
In this case, we have simply brought in a few tonnes of Grade 1 Topsoil and re-leveled the lawn to match the hard landscaping.
We have over-seeded the new soil with the right choice of grass varieties to make sure that in a very short time, the edges of the newer area will blend with the existing lawn.
A new lawn has been installed adjacent to a new-build property in North Hertfordshire.
Perfect Ground Solutions needed to move quickly to make sure we were able to take advantage of the forecast rain the following week. This was not an irrigated lawn, so we run the risk of poor germination and plant death if the surface dried out in the warmer days of May.
This project involved the levelling of the existing area, importing a few lorry loads of grade one top soil from British Sugar – in my opinion one of the best and most consistent top soils available.
Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd are very experienced in establishing large lawns to create the ideal outdoor space and backdrop for your home, often working alongside landscapers or garden designers to achieve your desired result.
For larger lawns, where access is available, it is often much more efficient to use tractor-mounted equipment for shallow cultivation, preparation and consolidation of the seedbed and the seeding steps. The picture below shows primary cultivations and stone burying taking place where the existing lawn had been sprayed off to kill the existing grass.
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.