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why is moss bad for lawns

Moss is something that can appear across your garden, but it can cause a few problems if it's allowed to run rampant in your lawn. Today we're going to look at the problems that moss can cause for your lawn in detail. With this knowledge under your belt, you can take action quickly and keep your lawn looking its absolute best!

Why does moss grow in your lawn?

Before we jump into the reasons that moss is bad for your lawn, we thought we'd highlight some of the reasons that moss appears on your lawn in the first place!

Generally, moss appears in your lawn when conditions are good for moss but poor for grass. Some of the conditions that cause lawn moss growth are:

  • Grass that's been mown to short
  • Areas of shafe, particularly around borders and under trees
  • Acidic soil 
  • Worn, exposed areas of soil
  • Wet weather and waterlogged soil

Why is moss bad for your lawn?

While moss is not likely to kill your grass, it can leave your lawn looking splotchy and uneven if it's not removed swiftly. 

Some moss infestations will come and go fairly quickly, appearing after a period of waterlogging and dying off as the soil dries back out. On young lawns, moss can be a more persistent problem, appearing due to poor ground preparation or acidic soil and continuing to grow and dominate the young grass shoots. 

Killing and removing moss is a good place to start if you want to give your lawn the best opportunity to thrive. Once the initial moss problem has been dealt with, you need to put precautions in place to prevent the moss from returning. 

To keep moss out of your lawn it's important that you improve the condition of your lawn. A good lawn maintenance regime will ensure that!

Our moss control services

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer moss control services across South Wales and South West England. Our moss control services are highly-effective, and if you're worried about moss returning again, we can also schedule a moss control maintenance plan for you.

If that sounds like something that your garden would benefit from, don't hesistate to get in touch and request your FREE lawn survey. 

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difference between trees and shrubs

What are shrubs? How are they different from trees? Today, we're going to give you the answers!

Most gardeners will tell you that they know the difference between a tree and a shrub, but it's not always easy to put into words. Shrubs and trees are very similar in a lot of ways, but they also have some distinct differences that we're going to explore today. 

Similarities between trees and shrubs

It's true that trees and shrubs are both woody plants with leaves, flowers, sometimes fruits or berries. Some species of plants can actually be grown as shrubs or trees depending on how you prune them.

There are even some plants that blur the lines between tree and shrub so much that they've been charmingly named 'trubs'.

Differences between shrubs and trees

When you consider how a tree is different from a shrub, the first thing you'll notice is a difference in size. Shrubs tend to be smaller and rounder in shape, with lots of densely-packed stems coming off a main central trunk. 

In comparison, trees are generally much larger and boast a thicker main trunk and fewer stems.

Characteristics of trees

If you really want to know the technical differences between trees and shrubs, you have to look more closely at the physiological characteristics of trees. 

Trees are tall plants that have woody tissue on their exterior. The trunk is not made of living tissue, in fact, its main purpose is to support the weight of the tree and the leaves above. 

Each year, trees acquire two new rings which make it easy to determine the age of a well-established tree, if and when it's cut down. 

Characteristics of shrubs

In comparison to trees, shrubs tend to have lots of perennial stems that can grow upright or lay close to the ground. Shrubs are less than 4 metres high and usually boast denser, thicker foliage. 

How do trees and shrubs fit into our gardens?

Shrubs are often found around the borders of gardens, providing cover for birds to hide and framing your lawn, patio, or deck. They aren't usually the main attraction but they're ideal for filling blank space in your garden design.

Trees, on the other hand, tend to be a more prominent feature in the garden, often bearing fruits. We tend to consider trees as a more permanent feature of our gardens while shrubs have a tendency of becoming unruly and disrupting the growth of other plants by shadowing your garden borders. If you find yourself wishing you could get rid of your garden shrubs, we do have a solution for you!

Our weed, shrub, and bramble removal services

Garden clearances can be tricky, but if you're ready for a fresh start, our experts can do a lot of the hard work for you. Get in touch and we can attend your property, assess your shrubs and give you a quote for removal. 

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If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 029 2039 7554. We can't wait to help you rid your garden of unwanted shrubs.

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

Every living thing known to man has a Latin name that should be used when referring to that species in a formal scientific context. For example, human beings are Homo sapiens, polar bears are Ursus maritimus, and the common sunflower is Helianthus annuus.

In theory, these scientific names are internationally recognised - what you call a 'dog' is called a 'chien' in France and a 'koira' in Finland, but biologists in all three countries should understand what Canis lupus familiaris means.

So what is the proper name for Japanese knotweed? Read a few articles online, and you may notice that different sources use different Latin names when referring to this pesky plant - Fallopia japonica and Reynoutria japonica are the most common, but Polygonum cuspidatum and various other monikers pop up from time to time as well.

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Outside of fictional works like The Day of the Triffids and Little Shop of Horrors, very few plants inspire as much dread as Japanese knotweed. This invasive weed has caused countless headaches for homeowners all over the UK, devaluing affected properties by 10 per cent on average.

And yet, as we've discussed before on this blog, Japanese knotweed is barely a problem at all in its native land. While the plant is still considered a weed in Japan, it does not have anything like the toxic reputation it has in this part of the world.

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how to get rid of unwanted shrubs

If you're thinking about redesigning your garden, you might be wondering how you can strip your garden back and start a-fresh. Shrubs, like trees, become well established in your garden over time, their roots run deep into the ground and they can grow up to several metres in height and width. If you'd like to get rid of your unwanted shrubs, you're in the right place. We'll talk you through the removal process step by step so you can start working towards the garden of your dreams.

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