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Making Sure Your Children Stay Safe In The Garden –

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In these difficult times that the world is facing it is more important than ever to check in with yourselves and take some time to reflect. Due to the current UK stance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19), The people of the United Kingdom are no longer allowed to leave their homes. Except for exercise and essential shopping.

Meaning there is a drastic increase in people working from home, children being homeschooled and people finding they have a lot of spare time on their hands. 

With schools being shut this is no doubt a highly stressful time for parents, especially considering that many of you now have to fill the position of your child’s teachers. However, if you find that you and your child need a break and some fresh air, now would be the perfect time to introduce your young ones to gardening.

Getting yourself and your children out in the garden will be a great way for you to avoid being stuck indoors. Which is why the Lawn-Seeds team have put together some do’s and don’ts for making sure your children are safe when you are gardening.

What Not to do When Gardening With Children

  • It’s very important that you never leave your children unoccupied in your garden. There are numerous gardening tools and hazardous chemicals in your garden, which is why it is vital that you do not leave your children alone. 
  • We would advise against using any type of power tool in your garden when there are young children nearby. However, if you must use one we would definitely recommend you invest in a circuit breaker. 
  • When you have finished using any type of power tool or hazardous chemicals we would store them high up out of reach from children, preferably in a garden shed, or garage and be sure that these are locked!

What to Do When Gardening With Children

  • If this is the first time introducing your children to gardening then we would suggest giving your child their own little plot of land. Here you can teach them how to plant certain plants, and teach them about the various types of soil. Think of this as a little project where your children can see the progress they are making throughout the next few weeks and months.
  • Carefully teach your children how to plant seeds correctly, always keeping a close watch on them. Making sure that they do not swallow the seed.
  • Educate your young children on bees and other insects that could potentially sting them and how they can avoid being stung.

Don’t forget that you can get 5% odd your first order using promotional code FIRSTORDER5% at checkout.

 

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Congratulations to Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff On a Terrific Wimbledon Performance

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From everyone here at Lawn Seeds. We would like to give a massive round of applause to Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff on an incredible performance at Wimbledon this year. The American teenage tennis prodigy had become the youngest ever player to qualify for Wimbledons main draw. Unfortunately she lost out to Simona Halep. Who holds the No. 7 ranked women’s player, defeating her 6-3, 6-3 on Monday. Needless to say it has been an incredible achievement for the young star who has a bright future ahead of her.

We’re sure that the groundskeepers are going to be very busy over the next few days making sure that the lawn is in perfect condition for Sunday’s finale.

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Sowing Grass Seed During Winter – Equine Paddock Mix

Some recent questions regarding sowing grass seed during the winter to an existing horse paddock.

Question – Is it too late to sow grass seed on to an existing horse paddock; if not what seed would you recommend?

Answer – Thank you for contacting us. This product should be fine for you. https://lawn-seeds.com/seed-shop/equine-mixes/horse-pony-paddock/

Question – Hi thank you for your reply can you confirm that the grass seed you recommend can be sown at this time of year, thanks?

Answer – There is nothing stopping you sowing grass seed during winter but seeds need two main things to germinate – warmth and moisture. It would be fair to assume that there is plenty of moisture around at the moment. However, the soil temperature is reasonably cold. So chances of a successful sowing are very low. The most favourable times of year for sowing is Spring (mid-March until April are usually the best times), and late summer (September-October). I hope this helps.

Question – Hi, my label is damaged and i can’t read what dilution I need for my “Vitax Green Up, Lawn Weed and Feed” please could you just e-mail it to me, Thanks?

Sowing Grass Seed During Winter Vitax Green Up Weed And FeedAnswer – Instructions for “Vitax Green Up, Lawn Weed and Feed”

Do not mow for 3 days before and 3 days after treatment to allow full uptake and movement within the weeds. Do not spray on laws which are less than one year old. Allow at least six weeks between treatment and over-seeding established turf. Do not treat during drought, freezing conditions or in periods of prolonged cold weather. Allow at least six months before sowing or planting broad-leaved plants.

To treat 12 meter sq. use 2 measures (60ml) in 6 litres of water when using a watering can with a fine rose or sprinkler bar, or 60ml in 1 litre of water when applying by sprayer. Set the sprayer nozzle to a medium setting. Avoid too fine a spray as drift onto neighbouring plants may occur.

Half fill the watering can or sprayer with water then add the weedkiller plus remaining water, mix thoroughly and use immediately.

After use immediately wash out equipment with water and detergent to remove all traces of weedkiller, fill with clean water and leave overnight. Spray or drain out again before storing or using another product. Keep children and pets away from treated area until spray has dried.

After treatment leave the clippings from the first mowing on the lawn. The next three mowings should be composted well, for at least 9 months before being used as a mulch. Do not dispose of the grass clippings via council composting schemes.

Question – Hi, I live in the Philippines and need to find a suitable grass seed to cover approximately 2000 Sq. Meters of well drained land.  It needs to be able to withstand tropical conditions and does not have to be of a fine type (a rough coarse variety is OK).  What is common here is referred to as carabao grass but its not available here in seed form so we plan to have  it sent from the UK to here. Please advise the most cost effective type that you have.

Answer – Hi, The only grass seed we sell that comes close is called Bermuda Grass Seed here is a quick link https://lawn-seeds.com/seed-shop/grass-seed/bermuda-grass-seed/

 

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Winter Lawn Care, Dealing With Frost, Snow and Falling Leaves

The winter season is a turbulent time for gardeners. Although not a lot of work is carried out in the garden this time of year. There are still various things that you can do to help keep your lawn in the best condition possible.

Lawn – Seeds Winter Lawn Care Tip 

Frozen Lawn? Steer Clear!

This is very important, you need to steer clear of your lawn if it is either wet or frozen. If you do walk over you lawn in frosty or wet conditions then you could be causing irreparable damage to the grass plant. This is something that is not easily repairable and you’ll have to wait until the spring to correct this.

Clear Leaves and Debris

It’s very important that you clear any leaves or debris that falls on your lawn throughout the winter season. Using a light rake or a brush to keep leaves and rubbish from your lawn. If fallen leaves are left they will trap moisture within the lawn and will attract diseases and worms.

Mowing Your Lawn in the Winter? 

We would never advise you to mow your lawn during the winter season as this can cause all types of issues for you. Only mow your lawn if it is absolutely vital and the conditions are safe and suitable. 

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We hope you enjoyed our summer season gardening tips, if you’re quick you can get 5% off your first order using promotional code FIRSTORDER5% at the checkout. what are you waiting for? Time to go seed shopping.