How to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring
Our expert guide to making sure the grass is always greener on your side of the fence – how to prepare your lawn for spring.
Before spring has well and truly sprung, it’s time to think about creating the sort of lawn that will have all your friends and relations green with envy in the summer months. With that in mind we’ve prepared a short guide to spring lawn care, to lead you along the garden path in the best possible way.
Clean and Green – Clear Your Garden
Before you start preparing your lawn for spring and summer, it’s prudent to clear away all the delights that winter has left behind – a vital part of the spring lawn treatment process. So that’s any dead plant matter, soil that the birds have pushed out of place, and anything those wintery winds have chosen to leave strewn across your garden.
This also involves dethatching. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, hatching is a name for the natural debris that builds up on your grass over winter, which can encourage weeds, pests and diseases. We’d recommend using a rake for this, and as it can be quite harsh on the grass below, this is best done at the beginning of a growth period (when it’s due to be a bit wet and then a bit sunny), so that your lawn can recover properly.
This is also the time to deal with any dead or bare patches of grass. Flush the spot with water, rake out any dead grass, then level it out with sand and soil, as needed. Reseed with your grass variety and water regularly until the new grass is fully established.
Weed, Seed and Feed the Turf
Spring lawn feed starts long before you even think about digging out the mower – we would recommend going over your whole garden with fertilizer and pre-emergent, as well as dealing with any pesky weeds that might have chosen to make an early appearance this year.
A healthy lawn needs soil with a balanced pH level, (usually between five and seven), depending on the type of grass. If the pH level is too high (alkaline), you can add sulphate. If your pH level is too low (acidic), you can add lime in the same way. Be sure to read the directions on additives to make sure you don’t over- or under-treat your lawn though. Water it once you’ve finished, (or cleverly do it when it’s about to rain), and then test it again in 30 days to check you’ve achieved the desired effect.
Early spring is a good time to do re-seed too if needed, but colder soil conditions may slow down growth a bit, so don’t worry if nothing happens very quickly. This can also be done again in autumn.
Mow, Mow and Mow Again
We’re not saying get carried away, but there’s a reason the saying ‘don’t let the grass grow under your feet’ has been passed down through generations. It’s good to get the mower out nice and early (and make sure she’s in good working order ahead of time) – we’d say get going as soon as it’s dry enough to do so, and as soon as you’ve started, keep it up. Your efforts will pay dividends, trust us.
Under starters orders… Wondering when to prepare your lawn for spring? The best time to start thinking about grass care is as soon as it’s warm and dry enough for you to get out there. Enjoy!
If your lawn is looking tired and you’re looking to replace your turf, make sure to get in touch with us today, ready for you to enjoy your garden in the spring and summer months. Whether you’re looking for natural turf, or premium artificial grass, we’re able to help you create the lawn of your dreams.