It’s spring – the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and your lawn is ready to grow. Follow our tips to get the most out of your lawn this spring.
Is your soil compacted? You may need to aerate to allow sunlight, water and oxygen back into soil. Simply push a garden fork into the ground (about 7-10cm deep), rock it back and forth gently and repeat at 20cm spacings. Your lawn won’t look great straight away but in a couple of weeks it will have regenerated and will be looking healthier than ever.
For larger lawns, hire an aerating machine from your local hardware store or nursery to save time. More on aerating your lawn here.
Learn more: MATE, YOU’VE GOT TO AERATE VIDEO
Laying new turf
If your lawn is looking more like a dustbowl than a lawn and you think a complete renovation is the only solution, spring is the perfect time to replace lawn. The mild spring temperatures will allow lawn to become well-established before the tougher demands of summer. If installing new turf is on the cards, it is best to speak to a turf grower to discuss the best variety for you. More about laying turf here.
More on varieties here.
Find your closest turf supplier.
Weeds can take hold during winter when our lawns grow slower. If you’ve only got a few, it’s best to dig them out by hand. But if your lawn is overrun, using a herbicide specifically suited to your lawn variety will be best. More on weeds here.
When the weather warms up, so too should your mowing routine. In early spring, raise your lawnmower’s cutting blades so that only the tops of the grass are cut. A heavy mow too early can scalp the grass and leave it brown. A light mow will allow more air and warmth to penetrate the lawn, creating a luscious and healthy covering. Learn about mowing made easy here. Learn more: MOW LIKE A PRO VIDEO
De-thatching removes the layer of older grass and mulch build-up that can accumulate over time, making it feel spongy. Spring is a great time to remove the thatch layer, as it will regenerate well in warmer temperatures. To de-thatch, lower your mower height one notch and mow the grass. Repeat this 2-3 times, each time lowering the mower height by another notch. You can also rigorously rake your lawn with a metal rake or thatching rake to remove the thatch.
Fertilise and topdress
A light fertiliser in early spring can give your lawn a kick along by adding essential trace elements that make it look lush and green throughout even the hottest months. Evenly spread a light layer of slow release fertiliser on your lawn and water thoroughly – or better still, do it before it rains!
Light topdressing can help your lawn thrive by adding extra nutrients to the soil. To topdress, evenly spread a thin layer of premium mix soil over your lawn and then water it in. The grass should still be visible through the soil.