Spring Your Lawn Out Of It's Winter Woes
The Spring Lawn Renovation
Putting in the work now will help prepare your lawn for the summer ahead. Now that your lawn is actively growing again, there’s a whole range of things you can do to ensure it looks tip top through the rest of the year!
Winter can be hard on your lawn, so now is the time to think about giving it a refresh with weeding, dethatching, aerating, fertilising, watering and topdressing.
Watering in Spring
During winter your lawn probably didn’t require very much water at all, but now the weather is warming up, you need to start treating your lawn to a drink.
Remember: Longer, deeper watering will encourage strong root development and an overall happier and healthier lawn. We recommend 1 hour once or twice a week.
Fertilising in Spring
Spring is a perfect time to fertilise your lawn. Using a fertiliser high in nitrogen will help your lawn bounce back to its lush green colour and a slow release fertiliser will continue replenishing your lawn for up to 10 weeks.
Mowing in Spring
When your lawn starts growing again in spring, it will be able to fight and keep out weeds a lot better. If you have any weeds that have made your lawn their home over the last few months, now is a good time to remove them to give your lawn a fresh new start. As there are a few different types of weeds, there may be a few different treatment options to consider. It’s best to identify your weed first and then to pick whether hand pulling or a herbicide will do the job best.
Full weed guide
Over winter your lawn may have suffered from some compaction that can negatively affect its re-growth into spring. Aerating your lawn will aid air, water and nutrients to reach the roots where they are needed most and promote strong root development. All you have to do is use a garden fork or similar to poke holes throughout your lawn, then you can fertilise and water in well. It’s a good idea to do this annually for high traffic areas or where soil quality might be an issue.
If your lawn is looking and feeling a little spongy, you may have built up a thatch layer. Thatch is the build up of dead organic matter and debris that builds up underneath your lawns leaf and produces a spongey, thick profile that will inhibit essential nutrients from reaching your lawns roots. There are a few different ways you can tackle thatch depending on the severity and the variety you have. It’s recommended to dethatch around end of Spring when the weather is consistently warm. Kikuyus and couches respond really well to a ‘hard-mow’ or ‘scalping’ where you essentially take them back to the dirt and let them re-grow. Be careful with your Sir Walter lawn as it only grows from runners above ground and therefore will only tolerate a low mow. Avoid dethatching cool season grasses like RTF as they won’t recover.