Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring is a perfect time to kick-start your lawn care regime as the grass awakens from the dormant winter period. You can follow some simple steps to help maintain its health, plus make it look and feel great all year round. Before you plan anything, take a few minutes to inspect your lawn. It’s likely you will have a mix of moss and weeds and you may also have bare or yellow/brown patches. All suggest you need to undertake some lawn maintenance. Read on for some key advice.
Don't want until the grass is too long as it will be growing already! Your lawn will benefit from mowing as it helps make the lawn thicken up. Don’t be tempted to mow when the ground conditions are very wet or frosty. Ensure that your mower blades are sharp and set high for the first cut. Take no more than a third off the length of the grass each cut until you reach the height of around 2” for most domestic lawns. Cutting too short, either in one go, or gradually, will damage the lawn. If you have moss in your lawn, mow at least ½” above moss height. Mow shady areas 50% higher than non-shady areas.
Your lawn will require some essential nutrients in Spring that can be purchased as granular or liquid lawn fertiliser from garden centres. Do not over apply the feed as you can damage the grass or make grow too fast, leading to a lot of mowing and a less dense lawn. Please note that Lawn Tiger’s fertiliser products are longer lasting professional grade and not available in garden centres. We also ensure the correct amount of fertiliser is placed on your lawn. Remember too that feeding and weeding your lawn is a year round requirement to ensure you lawn stay health and looks great.
Moss & Weeds
Our climate promotes moss that will gradually take over the lawn. Weeds are likely to be present this time of year too and will actively start growing again, not to mention many new weeds that can appear from dormant seeds in the lawn. If you tackle it early on you can keep them at bay. Moss can be raked out and weeds removed by hand picking or weed killer.
Over time the soil in your lawn will become compacted, limiting nutrients, air and water from reaching the grass roots, leading to unhealthy lawn. Aeration is a vital lawn treatment and whilst it wont give immediate improvement, it will benefit the lawn long term. You can aerate very small areas using a garden fork or hire a mechanical aerator for larger areas to create 1,000’s of pencil width holes all over your lawn. It may aid lawn drainage too.
An essential maintenance task to remove moss and dead grass from the lawn, allowing more water, air and nutrients to reach the soil surface and making the grass healthier. You can purchase moss remover in garden centres and manually rake out a few days later. You can also hire a mechanical scarifier to make the job easier. Be prepared for some hard work and do not scarify earlier than March or later than May as the lawn will not recover quickly. Afterwards, it’s recommended to apply grass seed to fill in the many gaps left from the moss and dead grass.
Patches & Bare Areas
Cutting your grass too short, shade, animal urine, insects or lack of water are some causes of patches. They are usually cured over time by aerating the soil, fertilising and regularly watering. Alternatively, replace the areas with new grass seed or turf. Grass will struggle in shady areas, so consider cutting back overhanging vegetation or using shade tolerant seed or turf to replace the patchy lawn areas.
Spring is a good time to put down grass seed over your existing lawn, to thicken it up. Seeding can also be used where a lawn has bare/dry patches. Seed requires good soil contact, warmth (8oC+) and constant moisture for at least 24 days to have a chance of germinating. Water daily in morning or late evening. Adjust water with any rainfall you may get this time of year.
New Lawns and Turfing
Early Spring is a great time to lay a new lawn either via seeding or turf. The weather is warm and wet enough for seed germination and grass growth. Especially for new seeded lawns, getting the grass to start growing before tree leaves and other foliage appears and reduced sunlight is ideal. Just remember to water the seed and turf daily!
How Lawn Tiger can help:
If you are unsure or what to do, have tried the DIY approach or lack the time, consider speaking to you’re the friendly experts at Lawn Tiger, who can offer expert advice on your lawn’s condition, recommend a weed and feed treatment plan, including specialist labour saving machinery to undertake aeration and scarification. We also have a Spring new customer offer of a free aeration when you book a scarification. Contact us now for a free lawn survey and quote.