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.
Feeding and Conditioning
After the wet winter months, your lawn may be overrun with moss and weeds that compete with the grass for vital nutrients and soil moisture. Use Aftercut All in One a few days after mowing to prepare the grass, lightly raking out the moss once it begins to die.
Once this is done, feed and conditioning can begin. 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. This is best applied when the lawn is free from weeds and moss and after it has been cut. This can be applied after mowing every 3-4 weeks from March until October and will boost the lawn and green up the grass in 3 days. It contains a blend of nutrients to support and sustain your lawn during the season. If your lawn in a little patchy try using Aftercut Revitaliser, a lawn feed with seed to add new life to your lawn.
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 and may also have to bear heavy foot traffic. Paths across the lawn are often quick to compact. Opening up the structure of the soil improves the drainage around the grass roots and encourages healthy growth. Ideally you should remove plugs of soil using a hollow tine aerator and fill these with Lawn and Turf Dressing. You can also use a normal garden fork and push the tines into the soil to a depth of 7-10cm if possible and then brush Lawn and Turf Dressing into the holes. Lawn and Turf Dressing contains a mixture of 50% sand, 25% peat, 25% soil and fertiliser, which together add exactly the right ingredients to the soil for premium grass growth.
Small patches of weeds can be dealt with effectively in Spring by using either a selective weed killer such as Resolva Lawn Weedkiller Ready To Use or Concentrate or by removing by hand. Resolva Lawn Weedkiller is specially formulated to control all common broad leaved weeds and will not damage the rest of the lawn. If you choose to use a weed killer on the lawn always ensure it is specifically formulated for the lawn as standard weed killers are non-selective and will also kill the grass. Alternatively remove weeds by hand using a daisy gruber. It is important to remove the entire root as many weeds can quickly re-grow from the smallest piece of root left in the ground.
Weeds and Moss Control
For widespread moss and weeds the most effective method of treatment during the spring is to apply Aftercut All In One. For small areas up to 100m2 apply using the handheld spreader pack. For larger lawns use the Lawn Spreader for fast and accurate application. Aftercut All In One will turn any moss in the lawn black after about 2-3 weeks. Rake out the dead moss and re-seed bare patches.
General Lawn Repairs
Most lawns will suffer from bare patches and thinning areas from time to time. The easiest way to treat these areas is to put a lawn seed down such as Gro-Sure Smart Seed or over seed with a specialist repair kit such as Aftercut Patch Fix. This is a unique patching mix containing grass seed, feed and seeding soil for better results. Coated seeds gives improved germination and quicker seed establishment and special seed varieties are selected to give torlerance to pet urine damges. It also containes a pet urine neutraliser and is perfect for areas of high usage, shady condtions and play areas. Spring and Autumn are the best time to over seed.
Simply loosen the soil surface, removing any weeds, moss or debris from the area. Add Top Soil if necessary and scatter the grass seed according to the application rate. Once you have scattered the seed water the area gently to avoid the seeds being washed away and keep moist until the seeds have germinated and are growing strongly.
Spring is the perfect time to sow new lawns from seed. If the weather is cold, delay sowing new lawns from seed and repairing bare patches until April. Follow our How to Sow a New Lawn Guide for step by step advice.