Overview

“…there is nothing more beautiful than grass or turf in our latitude. The tropics may have their delight, but they have not turf: and the world without turf is a dreary desert. The original Garden of Eden could not have had such turf as one sees in England.”
C. D. Warner (1829-1900) My summer in a garden

Robert Laycock combines deep scientific knowledge with a sensitive, ecological approach to lawn care. When a new grass area is created, its long-term success depends on how much wear it will get, on its situation and on underlying soil and drainage conditions. The advice of an agronomist can prevent problems developing.

As a keen gardener and advisor to horticulturists and owners of historic gardens, he shares his unique knowledge and experience of the maintenance and care of lawns to solve and prevent problems, advising on appropriate management techniques. Lawns containing wild flowers are a special interest, particularly in the context of historic gardens.

Robert Laycock has lectured widely on lawns, their management and history, to groups which include the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at York University, the English Gardening School and members of the Northern Horticultural Society. Clients have included English Heritage and the National Trust.

Lawns are features of almost every garden. Indeed, they are sometimes the only surviving original features of an historic garden, yet so often they are taken for granted. Some are wastefully replaced; others are spoilt by inappropriate management or suffer from excessive wear or drought; many are simply ignored until there is a problem. They need specialist care.