6 steps to rescue your lawn this Spring
I don’t know about the situation of your lawn, but if it’s anything like ours at the moment it will be looking lacklustre and bald. Spring is the perfect time to give your lawn a spruce up, so follow these tips to get a squidgy, thick and lustrous lawn in no time.
1. Mow, Mow, Mow
At this time of the year, you should mow your lawn at least once a week. Pay attention to the type of lawn you have and cut appropriately e.g. well-trodden lawns should be cut to about 2.5cm – 4cm in height, but shaded lawns should be cut longer to a 7.5cm height. Be careful not to mow the lawn too short as this will weaken the grass and make it more vulnerable to weeds and moss.
2. FEED ME! (in the words of Audrey 2)
Your lawn has come out of hibernation and will be starving. Encourage vigorous growth by using a granular feeder. A well-fed lawn will be better placed to compete with weeds and cope with a rogue frost or sudden downpour. We opted for this lawn feed, as it is child and pet friendly. However if you notice weeds or moss in your lawn then opt for a multipurpose feeder like this, it will kill off the nasties whilst feeding the grass at the same time. Be warned moss turns black as it dies which can look dreadful, but as we’re all in lockdown, now is the time to deal with it.
3. Treat BALD-ilocks
1. After a long and wet winter, our lawn has developed some ugly bare patches in areas that are well trodden. Left untreated, you will have created the perfect place for weeds and moss to thrive. Take action now and treat these bare areas with a lawn patch repair solution like this.
4. Rake’s progress
Until I started researching lawn-care, I had never heard of the word ‘scarify’. It turns out that it’s not a synonym for ‘terrify’, it’s actually a process gardeners use to remove the build-up of thatchy layers on their lawns. If you are feeling fancy, you can buy a machine dedicated to scarifying, which is a spikey roller, but a simpler and just as effective alternative is to use a rake. Use the rake to remove dead grass, moss and debris to encourage healthy growth of your grass
5. Three-pronged approach
Get your garden fork out of the shed and aerate your lawn. This will improve drainage and help reduce waterlogging.
The final tip is to sow grass seed into the existing lawn. You can use something like this but try to leave the grass untouched for as long as you can so the seeds can get to work.
Overseeding will rejuvenate your lawn by increasing the thickness of the grass.