The cold winter months are particularly hard on gardens, so your lawn is likely to be in need of some TLC by the time it reaches the spring. In order to attain optimum results ready for the summer, you need to prepare your lawn in the correct way during the crucial spring months.
We have created a how-to guide for maintaining and caring for your lawn that you can follow to ensure it’s in the best possible state as we move into the optimum growth season.
Optimum growth means increased mowing. As your lawn begins to see more sunlight, it’s going to start growing at a faster rate. It’s important not to let your lawn get too long, as this can affect both the colour and overall condition of your grass. For this reason, we recommend regular cutting of your lawn to optimise growth.
We advise that you set a high cutting length on your mower so that you do not overcut your grass, as this can be just as damaging to the overall lawn quality as not cutting it at all, as you run the risk of it becoming stressed. To avoid this, cut little and often to produce a healthy green lawn.
With the increased growth of lawns in the spring months, it’s important to feed them appropriately. The heightened growth of your lawn means that it needs an increased amount of nutrients. By feeding your lawn regularly throughout the spring, you are ensuring that the grass is always growing at its optimum rate, and therefore producing the best possible end result.
Broadleaf weeds are a huge battle in the spring months. After the harsh winter, plant-life is competing for the much needed sunlight. As such, weeds begin to compete with your lawn for space. In order to tackle broadleaf weeds, which can affect the look and overall health of your lawn, you can adopt and combine extraction methods:
When opting for weed treatments, ensure that you select one that does not affect the health of your lawn, but equally tackles the weeds which are invading it.
With the removal by-hand method, always make sure to remove the entire root to minimise the chance re-growth, and ensure that you wear gloves for poisonous weeds such as ragwort.
Over winter it’s likely that your lawn has suffered patching. In order to combat this, you can re-seed areas of your lawn that need that extra boost, or alternatively seed the entire lawn. Re-seeding ensures that, going into the summer, your lawn will be patch-free and lucious.
The volatile weather of the spring months can bring varied conditions to your lawn. For this reason, it is important to treat your lawn to compensate for dry and wet spells.
Draining your lawn when it is overexposed to water is important so that the soil does not become boggy: a condition which aids the growth of moss. One way to do this is to dig gutters–deep funnels for the water to run through–which prevent water from sitting on top of your lawn. Alternatively, aerating can help to perforate the lawn’s top layer, allowing both air and water to reach the roots of your lawn more easily.
In the dry spells, your lawn lacks one of the vital ingredients for successful growth. Without water, your lawn can become discoloured and sparse. Watering your lawn will ensure the maximisation of growth, the maintenance of colour, and a healthy soil base to keep your lawn in its optimum state.