Hi, I am James Waring welcome to my blogger page.
I am calling this blogg. "My very long walk through 106,000 gardens and counting".
I started treating lawns full time in March 1993 for my older brother, Stephen Waring of GT.
I been treating lawns ever since, in fact I have treated about 20 front lawns and 20 back lawns per day, 5 days a week since then, and thats for about 48 weeks a year. So up to March 2015 I have done about 211,200 individual lawn treatments.Thats probably more than enyone else in the UK, and yes I am still treating lawns today.
The biggest change I have seen in that time is of course in the weather. Take this April for example mostly dry and mostly cold. Therefore I do hope you did not scarify your lawn hard this winter or even worse this spring as it will take some extra work to get rid of those patches that have not yet filled in.
What did I do? You may ask; well this winter I made sure the lawn was mowed first and with a slit tine scarifier went over the lawn twice, in the same direction, and on the high setting, this allows you to loosen the thatch on the first run before removing it on the second run. Therefore no over scarified patches to deal with.
One thing I have noticed is that weeds have 7 year cycles. Some weeds don’t seem to be a problem year after year but then suddenly they are everywhere. Some obviously share the same cycles. It’s a bit early yet to tell which will come in stronger this year but so far I have noticed more dandelions and nettles. Two years ago it was the chickweed epidemic last year selfheal. Woodrush is about due but that starts in February so that’s probably next year’s problem.