Free lawn care advice at Dobbies garden centre

By Amanda Wilkins - 28 March 2024

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  • Dobbies Horti Manager, Mark Cunningham

    Dobbies Horti Manager, Mark Cunningham

Dobbies is inviting gardening enthusiasts to its Hyde Road store on Saturday 6 April at 10.30am for a free Grow How lawn care advice session.

Gardeners of all abilities will have the chance to learn about common causes of lawn difficulties, including moss and weed growth, and how to overcome them. 

The Dobbies team will uncover how to identify various types of mosses and weeds on the lawn, help gardeners spot everything from rough-stalked Feathermoss and Haircap moss to common weeds such as clovers and dandelions, and advise on how to manage them.

Attendees at Dobbies’ Swindon store will learn to identify the common causes of moss and weed growth in lawns, including waterlogged conditions, acidic soil, and seed dispersal by wind and how to reduce them.

A special focus will be placed on long-term lawn care techniques, including aeration, light and water penetration, alongside scarifying to remove thatch and encourage new grass growth, resulting in stronger, more beautiful grass.

Dobbies’ Horti Manager Mark Cunningham said: “As we look forward to the warmer months, I can't stress enough the importance of lawncare in spring.

"Scarifying is a crucial step to remove dead thatch or moss, ensuring your lawn can breathe, soak up sunlight, and grow.

“Following scarification, addressing any winter damage is essential. Aerate waterlogged areas to improve drainage and reseed bare patches to encourage new growth. Applying a high-nitrogen lawn feed will invigorate your lawn, enhancing its green colour just in time for summer.

“Also consider leaving a small area of your garden untended to support local wildlife. A patch of wildflowers can attract pollinators, adding life and colour to your garden, and creating a biodiverse environment.

"This balance of care and natural growth not only results in a beautiful lawn but also contributes to a healthier ecosystem right in your back garden.”

Dobbies' Grow How sessions at its Swindon store take place on the first Saturday of every month, where garden experts host an informal and interactive demonstration lasting 10-15 minutes. This is a great opportunity for gardeners of all abilities to come together to learn something new or enhance their skills, encouraging attendees to make the most of their space.

For more information about Dobbies’ Grow How session and to make a booking, visit

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