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Aeration Grass identification Scarifying
Affordable services In or out when we visit Seeding
All lawns - All year service Lawn Restore Turf care equipment
Child and pet friendly Lawn survey Turf disease identification
Dressing Licensed and Insured Watering
Don't DIY Moss and thatch control Weed control
Drought tolerance Mowing Weed identification
Fertiliser Pest Control Your gardener

Aeration
The benefits of aeration are compelling - if you have heavy soil or parts of your lawn are hard, aeration can breathe life into your lawn by stimulating both grass growth and root development.
Aeration is an even pattern of thousands of holes punched across your lawn by heavy spikes called Tines.
Hollow tine (core) aeration has multiple benefits - it reduces soil density or compaction, it increases air and nutrient exchange and it creates drainage channels for improved water movement. The solid cores brought to the surface break down as a top dressing.
We operate the highest quality aerators so you get the same benefits as the top golf clubs and sports pitches.
Aeration is the most important management practice for maintaining vigorous and healthy turf.
Our free lawn survey will advise whether your lawn needs aeration.

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Affordable services
Our lawn survey costs nothing except a few minutes of your time, and ensures we provide the right help for your lawn.
Sseasonal lawn treatments cost only £19 (including VAT) - that’s a whole year of treatments that will feed, weed and green your lawn for only £76. As the size of the lawn area increases the cost per unit area decreases. Both aeration and scarifying are highly beneficial lawn care techniques.  Aerating or scarifying your lawn costs 2 or 3 times respectively the cost of a seasonal lawn treatment
You are free to choose from a one-off treatment lasting up to three months through to four seasonal treatments that will improve your lawn all year round.
We operate on a pay as you go basis as we are happy to let the results of our treatments sell our services rather than tie you into a contract.
We also offer optional complimentary services to further improve your lawns health.
Because our optional services are combined with a seasonal lawn treatment we can keep costs down.

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All lawns - All year service
Our services suit all grass lawns no matter what size or shape.
Whether you live in a terraced house, a suburban semi or a country estate, were here to help your lawn.
Whatever the time of year we continue to care for your lawn (snow cover excepted).
You can start to use our lawn improvement services at any time of year, even winter when it is important to control new moss growth.

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Child and pet friendly
All our products are developed to be child and pet safe but we recommend keeping people and pets off the grass for two hours after treatment. The key rule is to wait until any treatment is dry.

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Dressing
Bullet Point Top dressing comprises applying a good quality sand/soil mix to the surface of your lawn.
Bullet Point It is recommended alongside aeration to improve the structure of the top of the soil profile.
Bullet Point Dressing is also ideally applied when seeding a lawn as it aids seed germination.

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Don't DIY
Our selective weedkillers are more effective than shop bought products, and can only be applied by licenced operators.
Without the know how its easy to make costly mistakes.
Our high quality turf maintenance equipment gives us an unfair advantage compared to doing it yourself.
Our specialist fertilisers are not available to the public
Then there is the cost of hiring or buying the necessary spraying equipment, let alone aerators or scarifiers.
Our treatments are more effective and cheaper than doing it yourself.
Bullet Point DIY scarifiers with bent plastic or wire tines cannot match the effectiveness of our commercial scarifiers with high quality fixed blades. Without correctly pre-treating moss you risk the danger of spreading moss spores.

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Drought tolerance
Does your lawn turn brown in the summer ?
Faced with long hot summers and hosepipe bans at times your grass needs all the help it can get to combat the stresses of dry conditions.
Wetting agent technology means we can treat your lawn to improve drought tolerance.
A preventative spring application can help your lawn stay greener, longer, and a summer/autumn application can help a dry lawn recover and green up more quickly (watering in is required).

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Fertiliser
Our grass tends to grow virtually all year round, hence the need for nutrients all year round.
N, P and K are the most important nutrients for grass development.
(N) Nitrogen has a greening effect and encourages grass growth.
(P) Phosphorous enhances root development.
(K) Potassium promotes disease resistance and drought tolerance.
By tailoring the NPK analysis to each season we deliver the right growth characteristics at the right time of year.
Spring feeding greens the grass and encourages lush new growth after winter.
Summer feeding provides more strength to withstand wear and tear and drought. In drought conditions we use a liquid feed to maintain colour.
An autumn feed is designed to strengthen roots in particular.
In winter the treatment helps to ensure good all year round colour.
If you’ve ever spread fertilisers by hand you will know how hard it is to avoid clumps and gaps. Our high quality spreaders deliver a uniform distribution of granules, which is important to ensure even green growth.
We use high quality fertilisers which typically release nutirents over a three month period.
Unlike most shop bought products, most of our fertilisers do not require watering in.

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Grass identification
Identifying grass types is not easy especially as there are over 300 different native grasses.
However four species make up over 95% of close swards in lawns, namely fine fescues (Festcua rubra), bents (Agrostis spp), annual meadow grass (Poa annua) & perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne).

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In or out when we visit
Whichever suits you best? All we ask is to leave us clear access to your lawns (including through gates and no obstructions like cars).

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Lawn Restore
We are a rapidly growing independent family run company based in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
We work hard to deliver you the best lawn care techniques at an affordable price. Please contact us if we can help in any way.

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Lawn survey
Our lawn surveys cost you nothing other than a few minutes of your time and help us understand your lawn and what we can best do to help.
As well as grass condition, weed density and moss occurrence we review the underlying conditions that affect growth. The lawn survey includes a soil core analysis, a moisture level test and a compaction measurement.
We will provide you with a report of our findings and recommendations and costings.
Please contact us to arrange a lawn survey - we are happy to visit you when convenient.

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Licensed and Insured
All Lawn Restore operators are NPTC licensed to treat your lawns.
We treat the environment and your lawn with respect.
Lawn Restore has £2million public liability insurance cover.

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Moss and thatch control
Our seasonal treatments target your moss using a liquid spray. Once treated your moss will desiccate and turn brown which allows grass the opportunity to recolonise instead of the moss.
 The key to moss control longer term is to attack the underlying causes.
Moss loves damp areas and is common in heavy compacted soils. Aeration breathes air into your soil and encourages grass to flourish instead of moss.
Thatch (a layer of organic surface debris which is springy underfoot) is a major cause of moss as it retains moisture. Scarifying is ideal as it removes both the moss, but unlike raking, it also removes thatch.

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Mowing
You can help results of our treatments by ensuring your lawn is mowed a few days beforehand.
We recommend not mowing for three days after treatment to avoid any loss of the granular fertiliser.
Mowing your grass often but a little at a time is ideal as this encourages the grass to shoot from the base creating a denser lawn. If it isn’t practical to cut it frequently don’t make the mistake of scalping your grass as this can encourage moss and weeds instead of grass. Manicured golf greens use specialist grass types that can withstand being mown short, whereas typical UK lawn grasses don’t appreciate the stress of a very close cut.
For normal lawns which suffer wear and tear, cut it between 2.5 - 5cm (1- 2 inches) and even longer in shady areas.
 Your grass will be stronger if you leave it a little longer.

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Pest Control
Your lawn can be spoilt by certain grubs eating the grass roots, and even worse damage can occur when birds and animals forage for the grubs.
Two of the main culprits are Leatherjackets (Daddy Long Legs larvae) and Chafer Grubs.
The products we have previously used to control these grubs have now been withdrawn from use hence we are no longer able to offer an effective treatment
The only real treatment option available is a DIY nematode treatment

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Scarifying
Scarifying is a proven turf management practise widely used on top golf courses and sports pitches. Our optional scarifying service means your lawn can gain the same benefits. Scarifying, unlike raking, not only removes moss but also thatch, a major cause of moss. Removing the thatch means increased penetration of water into the underlying soil.
Another major benefit of scarifying is increased grass density. The toughened fixed blades on our commercial machines cut the grass vertically (which cheaper DIY models with springtines struggle to do) which encourages the grass to reshoot at the base and thicken up.
We collect the debris as we scarify which we are happy to put on your compost heap or to bag for you to dispose.  
Scarifying your lawn ensures your grass gets the chance to grow instead of the moss.

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Seeding

We can help fill in small bare and thin patches using specialist hand tools to manually overseed.
We can also increase grass density covering larger lawn areas by overseeding when scarifying.
We use high quality bird resistant seed including shade tolerant, fine leaved and hard wearing grass seed varieties.

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Turf care equipment

We have invested in the highest quality turf care equipment so your lawn can benefit from the same advantages as top golf clubs and sport pitches. Our aerators are the highest quality machines purpose designed for areas the size of domestic lawns. Our scarifiers feature contra-rotating fixed blades that minimise surface disruption and maximise results.
The correct application of herbicides is extremely important to ensure they work effectively - we use specialist sprayers to deliver accurate coverage.
If you have ever spread fertiliser by hand you will know it’s hard to avoid clumps and gaps. Our professional spreaders deliver a uniform distribution which is important to ensure an even greening.

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Turf disease identification guide
If you suspect you have any turf diseases, please contact us - we are NPTC licensed to treat a wide range of turf diseases.
We hope these images of common turf diseases will help you identify whether its Fusarium or Fairy Rings………...
Fusarium Patch desease
Pink Snow Mould
Damping Off
Dollar Spot desease
Fusarium Patch
Pink Snow Mould
Damping Off
Dollar Spot
Red Thread desease
Red Thread desease
Take All desease
Anthracnose desease
Red Thread
Red Thread
Take All
Anthracnose
Type 1 Fairy Ring
Type 2 Fairy Ring
Type 3 Fairy Ring
Thatch Fungus
Type 1 Fairy Ring
Type 2 Fairy Ring
Type 3 Fairy Ring
Thatch Fungus

Source: STRI

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Watering
A thorough deep down watering, even if done occasionally, is preferable to frequent light watering. Light surface watering encourages shallow root growth whereas deep down watering encourages deeper root growth.
Please see Drought Tolerance for more information about treatments that can help your lawn cope with the stresses of dry conditions.

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Weed Control
We use amazingly effective selective herbicides that are only available to licensed operators. Very simply it means outstanding weed control. A single application often results in optimum control.
They are highly active against a very wide range of broad leaved weeds including: Black Medick, Bulbous Buttercup, Cats Ear, Charlock, Cinquefoil, Cleavers, Common Chickweed, Creeping Buttercup, Daisy, Dandelion, Docks, Field Woodrush, Knotgrass, Mayweeds, Mouse Ear, Parsley Piert, Pearlwort, Plantains, Ragwort, Self Heal, Silverweed, Sorrel, Speedwell, Thistles, Trefoils, White Clover, Yarrow.
We identify your weeds as part of our Lawn Survey, and ensure we apply the right products to control them.

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Weed identification
We hope these images of common UK lawn weeds will help you identify some of the weed types in your lawn.
Picture of the Catsear weed
Picture of a Clover Weed
Picture of the Creeping Buttercup weed
Picture of the Daisy Weed
Cats Ear
Clover
Creeping Buttercup
Daisy
Picture of the Field Woodrush weed
The Lesser Trefoil weed
Picture of the Plantain weed
Picture of the Yarrow weed
Field Woodrush

Lesser Trefoil

Plantain
Yarrow

Source: Scotts UK professional

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Your gardener
Our services are complimentary to your gardener not competitive. 
We have access to specialist products under licence and have invested in the highest quality turf care machinery. Your gardener can help your lawn further as mowing before a treatment benefits results.

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