Spring Lawn Care Guide
Caring for Your Lawn in the Spring
A beautiful lawn complements the rest of the garden and brings the whole thing to life!Spring is the best time to spend a little time and effort getting it into shape; mowing the grass, feeding with a lawn fertiliser and dealing with bare patches, ugly weeds and moss.
A simple lawn care programme will give you a lawn to be proud of. Keep it in perfect condition and make friends and neighbours green with envy! The secrets of success to a great looking lawn are:
The most important lawn care job is correct and regular mowing. You need to cut the grass whenever it is growing, which is likely to be weekly, or even more frequently, as the weather warms up in spring. The aim should be to keep it at the same height all through spring. For most lawns, this should be about 2.5-4cm (1-1.5in) high. For lawns that take a lot of wear and tear, the height is better raised to 5cm (2in). For very shaded areas, mow at a height of 7.5cm (3in). Mowing too short, and as a consequence weakening the grass, is the quickest way for weeds and moss to establish and spoil the lawn.
Next on the priority list is feeding the grass, and a good quality food will produce a lawn to boast about. This not only makes the grass greener, but it makes it grow thicker and increases its strength, vigour and health so it is more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss and weather-related stresses.
In spring, the best results are achieved by using a granular feed that supplies a regular amount of nutrients over several weeks. To feed the lawn in spring, use something like Evergreen Cut & Feed. On very small lawns, or to give a quick ‘fix’ and green up, use Evergreen Complete Soluble. When using a granular lawn feed, it is important to apply it evenly at the recommended rate. The easy way to do this is to use a lawn spreader. If you feed the lawn again in 6 week’s time it will remain strong and healthy all summer. Make a note of the dates and try to stick to them.
Treating Weeds and Moss
Lawn weeds are a major headache. A strong, healthy and well-fed lawn will be able to deal with weeds and moss far better than one that isn’t fed and looked after properly.
However, where weeds and moss are a problem, you need to deal with them quickly. A 4-in-1 treatment that feeds, weeds, controls moss and builds up the lawn’s resistance to heat, drought and other stresses can be used from April, throughout spring and summer.
Where major moss or weed invasion is a problem, dealing with them with an extra application of a liquid weedkiller, such as Verdone Extra and EverGreen Mosskil Soluble, will produce excellent results.
Dealing with Bare Patches
After the ravages of winter, many lawns have bare areas that look unsightly, and are perfect places for weeds and moss to take hold. Give your lawn a treat by giving it the once over with Miracle-Gro Patch Magic. The unique combination of grass seed, coir and slow-release feed will cover bare patches in no time and produce a thick grass covering. Where dogs have caused the bare areas, repair the damage with Miracle-Gro Patch Magic Dog Spot Repair.
Over Seed, New Life
Every year up to a quarter of the grass in the lawn can die, more after a cold, wet winter. Over-seeding (sowing new grass seed into the existing lawn) can rejuvenate the lawn and bring it back to life. You can over-seed with any of the different types of grass seed mixes.