Start controlling pesky weeds & moss

Some of our paths have amassed a covering of moss over the winter. In its place, such as on old walls, it can look great, but we don’t want a green blanket of moss and weeds on all our walkways. This year, we’ve used ecofective® Weed + Moss Killer on our hard surfaces, to great effect. It’s certainly fast acting – within a matter of days, moss and weeds turned from green to brown, making them easy to remove (or they’ll continue to disperse over time). We’d expect even faster results on sunnier days, but because this product is not temperature reliant it meant we could start using it at the start of the season even during the cold snaps. Make sure, though, not to use this on your lawn.

As always we are keen to be as green as we can in our garden. ecofective® glyphosate free weed killers use ecologically sound ingredients, such as acetic acid which are effective at tackling stubborn weeds but leave no residual weed killer in the soil.

In the global scheme of things, of course what we do as individuals may have a very miniscule impact, but we think it important to do our bit as much as we can. I’m sure we’re all aware of the environmental dangers to mammals, birds and reptiles, but bees, ants and beetles are disappearing a staggering eight times faster. Insects are such a fundamentally critical part of the world’s ecosystem that the disappearance of just some species are expected to have catastrophic impacts on how we produce food. With 40% of insect populations in decline according to a new study in The Guardian, we’re wanting to do whatever we can to help them on our small plot of earth and using environmentally sound garden care products is one way we can make a difference. We hope you agree!

Top tips for beautiful summer lawns

As the warmer weather approaches now is a good time to start caring for your lawn to be ready for the summer months. Here are some of our top tips:

1. Grass will be weaker from the winter months so be sure to mow on the highest settings for the first few weeks. Keeping your grass longer at the start of the season will help with moss control and will help strengthen grass blades. Leave the top grass cuttings on the lawn to mulch as this will bring nutrients back into the soil. As the weather improves towards the end of the month, start by gradually mowing your lawn on a lower setting.

2. When the weather is milder and no frost or rain is due it’s a good idea to scarify the lawn – this not only removes dead grass and moss from the lawn but it also gives new grass access to sunlight and rain water.

3. Add some grass seed where required, and as the lawn repairs itself it’s time to start feeding it. Feeding the lawn will make the grass denser and help prevent weeds and moss from establishing, whilst also making your lawn look green and luscious. ecofective® Lawn Feed and Root Enhancer is a great choice if you’re looking for an effective feed that is also kind to the environment. The feed contains mycorrhizal fungi to encourage healthier and stronger root systems, as well as mini fertiliser granules which naturally phase release, giving long-lasting effects over 8-10 weeks. As we start to see more wildlife in the garden, we were looking for something that would not cause harm. ecofective® Lawn Feed and Root Enhancer is safe to use around children, pets, wildlife and bees for that added peace of mind. Click here to find out more.