Spring Lawn Care
This is the time of year that your lawn will literally ‘spring’ into action following the dark winter months.
It’s also the perfect time to sow new lawns from seed. Read our sowing a new lawn guide to find out more.
Follow the steps below to get a great looking lawn this Spring!
Start mowing with caution
As the weather warms up during the spring months, the grass will start to grow more rapidly. Don’t be tempted to cut it if the soil is very wet, or there is frost or snow on the ground. Be gentle with the first few cuts of the season, simply trim off the top third of growth with the mower blades adjusted to their highest setting.
Allow the lawn to recover for a few days and then cut again with the blades on a lower setting. At this time of year the lawn may only need cutting about once or twice a fortnight. More advice on mowing your lawn.
Get rid of weeds and moss
Use Aftercut All In One a few days after mowing to prepare the grass. Lightly rake out the moss once it begins to die.
When using the Aftercut products, it’s best to buy an Aftercut Even-Flo Spreader at the start of the season and then buy refill packs of our other products to save money. This will ensure the perfect spread of granules, making applying Aftercut really easy!
Small patches of weeds can be dealt with effectively by using Resolva Lawn Weedkiller, or by removing by hand.
If you choose to use a weedkiller on your lawn, make sure it says ‘lawn weedkiller’ on it, as if you use a normal weedkiller you will kill all your grass.
Feed and conditioning your lawn
All plants need feeding to perform their best in the garden, your lawn is no exception.
For regular feeding throughout the season, apply Aftercut 3 Day Green, which, as the name suggests, greens your grass in just 3 days. It contains a blend of nutrients to support and sustain your lawn during the season.
This is best applied when the lawn is free from weeds and moss and after it has been cut. It can be applied directly after mowing every 3-4 weeks from March until October.
Deal with compacted soil
Compacted lawns can be aerated in spring if the soil is moist.
You’ll know if your lawn is compacted because it will be rock hard, slow to drain after rainfall.
Paths across the lawn are often quick to compact as they have had heavy foot traffic.
By opening up the structure of the soil, you will improve the drainage around the grass roots, encouraging healthy growth.
Ideally you should remove plugs of soil using a hollow tine aerator. Alternatively you could use a normal garden fork and push the spikes into the soil to a depth of about 7-10cm (3-4 inches) if possible.
After the lawn has been aerated, fill the holes with Westland Lawn and Turf Dressing. This contains a mixture of sand, peat, soil and fertiliser, which together add exactly the right ingredients to the soil for premium grass growth.
Repair worn areas and patches
If your lawn is a little patchy, try using Aftercut Patch Fix, a lawn feed with seed added into it to add new life to your lawn. It also features a pet urine neutraliser and is perfect for areas of high use, shady conditions or play areas.
Simply loosen the soil on the patch, remove all weeds, moss and debris and add Westland Top Soil if necessary.