What is red thread disease? Red thread disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Laetisaria fuciformis (formerly known as Corticium fuciforme). It infects and kills leaves of grass but it does not usually kill the plant. Unfortunately, it affects some most of the common lawn species that we see including creeping fescues and perennial ryegrass. Red thread … Continue reading What is red thread disease?
Last year we had a dry summer and as a result, many lawns in the UK were looking rather worse for wear. Even treated lawns can suffer in drought and nothing can keep a lawn green if it is not provided with enough water. If your lawns are looking stressed out again this year here … Continue reading What to do with a stressed out lawn?
'Organic' lawn treatments are growing in demand in the British lawn care industry. It seems to be partly fuelled by the public's changing perception of sustainability and partly by the continued restriction on the use of professional plant protection products. I am increasingly asked about how to create a 100% organic lawn treatment plan, here … Continue reading Organic Lawn Treatments
What problems does drought cause for the lawn? Lack of water causes severe drought stress in lawns. Without water, the grass will slow its growth and lose its colour. Fungal pathogens will find drought-stressed grass easy to attack, especially in the warm and humid evenings. Drought also increases the risk of causing burn/scorch from lawn … Continue reading Non-scorch summer lawn treatments
We always get asked whether the SmartLawn lawn fertiliser products that we sell are safe for use with pets. It's natural for your customers to question this and they may have concerns that need addressing. I hope I have answered your questions below, but if not, please call and speak to a member of the … Continue reading Is lawn fertiliser safe for use with pets?
How do lawns get waterlogged? You know what we mean by 'waterlogged'; where the soil has so much water in it that the lawn squelches as you walk over it. Sometimes there can be so much water that it pools on the surface and looks like a temporary lake! Even regular amounts of rain can … Continue reading Waterlogged lawns?
We often get asked about the practical and nutritional differences of using liquid and granular forms of iron sulphate in professional lawn care, it's an interesting question and often makes for a lively debate! Which type is better for avoiding staining? If you're familiar with iron sulphate products you'll know about their tendency to cause orange/brown … Continue reading Iron Sulphate: Liquid vs granular
The instructions on the label of most fertilisers advise against use in frost conditions, you may have often wondered why we put this, and what would happen if you ignored the advice. I hope to answer these questions here... What does the label say? SmartLawn fertiliser labels advise against the application of product "if frost … Continue reading Why do fertiliser labels advise against use in frosty conditions?
At the beginning of February, GreenBest's Jack Baxter and I attended a two-day conference in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, held by the UK Lawn Care Association. The event is now an annual occurrence and this year saw over 60 professionals/business owners from the UK lawn care industry attend both days! The event started at 9.45am on Thursday … Continue reading UK Lawn Care Association Conference 2018
Whether you have been running your lawn care business for 15 years or are just starting out, your treatments are the core of the service you offer, it's vital to get them right for you and your customers. The task can seem daunting at first, especially if you are new to the industry. It will … Continue reading Three easy steps to start designing your new treatment plan