The Ultimate Guide to Spring Lawn Care
by: Joe McCole
Looking after your garden in the springtime will ensure your lawn is as healthy as it can be during summer and will also be a lot stronger come the harsher winter months. If you are wondering how to look after your lawn when springtime rolls around, here’s my ultimate guide!
Rake Your Lawn
Scarifying your lawn will help to remove any of the debris left over from autumn and winter such as leaves and twigs and lift the thatch from the grass which contains dead, brown grass. Removing this first with give your lawn the best chance to thrive and regrow with adequate access to sunlight.
Aerate the Soil
Aerating your lawn involves puncturing the surface of the soil to allow the sun, moisture, air and fertiliser to penetrate the soil and allow the grass to grow unhindered. You can aerate your lawn in several ways including specialised equipment: usually reserved for larger areas, a garden fork or some lawn shoes with spikes which then attach to the bottom of your regular shoes.
It is recommended that you fertilise your lawn at least four tines a year tailored to the season. Prepare your lawn by following the steps above and applying the fertiliser in the evening or on a more overcast day for the best results. To avoid fertiliser ‘burn’ which can be caused by applying fertiliser on to wet grass, always correctly follow the instructions on your chosen fertiliser.
Know when to Mow
Mowing the grass doesn’t sound complicated but there are right and wrong ways to do it. First ensure your lawnmower is up to the job by getting it serviced and ensuring the blades aren’t too worn. Start by mowing in the morning or evening to avoid the afternoon sun stressing your newly cut grass and always avoid watering immediately before or after mowing.
I hope this guide was useful to you and you enjoy taking good care of your lawn for many years to come. If there is a specific topic you would like me to cover in any future articles, get in touch with me here.