This is the time of year that your lawn will literally ‘spring’ into action following the dark winter months. As the grass grows, it’s a great time to feed and condition, kill moss, get rid of lawn weeds and begin mowing. 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. However, don’t be tempted to cut grass if the soil is very wet or there’s 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.
Get rid of weeds and moss
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.
To kill off moss it is best to use an all in one lawn feed, weed and moss killer. This will increase the nutrient levels of the grass which therefore kills off the moss. Aftercut All In One is a good product to use to do this. Apply the all in one a few days after mowing and lightly rake out the moss once it begins to die. Once the moss has been removed, you will be left with bare patches in your lawn. It is essential to grow new healthy grass over these patches to avoid them being overgrown by moss again. The patches can easily be repaired using Gro-Sure Smart Patch, which is a grass seed with special aqua gel technology that locks in essential nutrients and guarantees results. This is best done in the spring or autumn months. See our guide on how to repair patches in your lawn for more details.
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. 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 Ultra Green Plus, 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. Ultra Green Plus is best applied when the lawn is free from weeds and moss as well as 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 need to be aerated as this helps to promote healthy growth. Aerating improves the drainage around the grass roots. You’ll know if your lawn is compacted because it will be rock hard, slow to drain after rainfall. Paths across the lawns are often quick to compact as they have had heavy foot traffic.
A good time to aerate the lawns is in the spring. 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.
Early autumn tends to be the best time to do this, although spring is also a good time to over-seed any sparse areas of lawn. Sparse areas may appear where weeds or moss has been removed or where the grass has not grown very well.
To over-seed use a fork and rake to break up the surface to a finer consistency. Apply the seed, but only at half the recommended rate, then rake the seed into the surface. Grass should sprout within 7 to 10 days after sowing.