A to Z

A to Z of lawncare and gardening

Just to entertain you while you’re stuck at home, we’ve decided to put together an A to Z of lawncare and gardening for you!

A – Aeration

Aeration – There are two main types of aeration that can be considered and are of benefit to the lawn. Solid tine aeration which aids the development of the grass plant, and hollow-core aeration which can be used in allowing for the incorporation of a top dressing and improved drainage.

B – Bulb

A  rounded underground storage organ in some plants, consisting of a short stem surrounded by leaves or leaf bases, they lie dormant in the winter.

C – Compost

Decaying organic material that can be used as a fertiliser to grow plants

D – Drainage

The process in which water seeps downward from the upper soil layers to the lower layers, nearer the roots. Or how surface water is removed.

E – Edging

Creates clean lines between flower beds, lawns and other areas, using rocks, bricks or other similar materials

F – Fertiliser

A treatment that provides, or supplements, the natural nutrients needed to grow your lawn and/or plants

G – Grass

Grass – what your lawn is made from, the amazing, incredible plant that we maintain and make look as green as it can be

H – Habitat

Habitat – The natural home of a plant, animal or other organisms

I – Irrigation

Irrigation – the supply of water to your plants or crops

J – Jasmine

Jasmine – a shrub or climbing plant that has white, pink or yellow flowers

K – Knot Garden

Knot Garden – Plants arranged in a ‘knot formation, sometimes similar to Celtic signs

L – Lawnmower

Lawnmower – A machine used for cutting the lawn, of course, you knew that though

M – Moss

Moss will manifest itself as a non-flowering plant and will choke out the grasses, as well as starving the grasses of the required nutrients. There are various reasons for the build-up of moss in the lawn, but very damp and shaded areas are at most risk.

N – Nematode

A biological control on many plant pests, such as slugs, chafer grubs, leatherjackets etc

O – Overseeding

Spreading seed over already established turf to prepare for restoration

P – Pests

Unwanted insects or animals, like chafer grubs or frit flies etc

Q – Quarantine

Separate plants from one another to prevent cross-contamination

R – Rainwater Tank

A tank that collects rainwater for the purpose of watering your plants and saving water in the process

S – Scarification

Scarification can be used to help remove heavy grass thatch from the lawn. When the grass thatch is so thick that scarification is required, the grass roots are clearly not penetrating into the soil. Therefore the lawn should always be aerated following scarification to facilitate root penetration.

T – Thatch

Organic matter that accumulates on your lawn. This includes living and dead plant matter and should be removed for the health of the grass plant.

U – Underplanting

To fill the area around a taller plant (a tree for example) with smaller plants that require less space

V – Ventilation

Getting fresh air to plants to help growth

W – Weeds

A wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants

X – Xylem

The vascular tissue in plants which conducts water and dissolved nutrients upwards from the root and also helps form the woody element of plant stems

Y – Yield

The measure of success of growth, usually in farming crops, but is sometimes used as a gardening term

Z – Zen Garden

A Japanese rock garden, a well-kept area created to encourage peaceful thoughts


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For all of your lawn care needs, you can find your local TruGreen expert and contact them today.