As the weather starts to get warmer, homeowners start to take a closer look at lawn care. While taking care of the garden can be done throughout the year, there are some specific steps to take fora healthy lawn come spring. Use these tips to get a jump on a great lawn.
Rake and Aerate the Lawn
Leaves and other garden debris will build up during the colder weather. It’s a good idea to get rid of any build up by raking off leaves, twigs, and other build up. Many people also aerate their lawn for easier absorption of nutrients and moisture. Tools such as the lawn scarifier and aerator from VonHaus can be used to remove debris and aerate at the same time, as it has both features in one device, making the clearing of your lawn much more time efficient.
Lime the Soil
The acidity of the lawn can affect its growth and make it more difficult to maintain a healthy lawn. For example, moss growing in the garden usually signals an acidic environment. However, grass grows best in neutral pH soil which can be done by adding lime to the soil. Before taking this step, have the soil sampled and use this information to determine how much lime is needed. The soil may already be neutral which means that lime could be harmful so always test before applying.
Plant New Grass Seed
Over the winter months, lawns often develop bare patches due to pets, neglect, or other causes. These are normal but it’s best to apply grass seed as early as possible. It’s best to seed the lawn in the autumn, but spring growth is also possible. When seeding, use a slow-releasing nitrogen fertiliser. This fertiliser will provide a steady supply of food to the grass and encourage healthy growth.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to mow grass in the spring as it’s still growing slowly, regular mowing actually encourages a tougher turf. Mow the grass to a slightly higher height in the spring than normal. Along with mowing on a regular basis, these habits will make the turf thicker and make it more difficult for weeds to grow.
Check Mower Blades
Since spring often comes with increased rain, it’s possible to damage the lawn when mowing with a dull blade. Make sure to check the blade on the lawn mower each year and sharpen as needed. Ripping out the grass with a dull blade is easy to do but difficult to fix.
Fertilise the Lawn
Lawns can be fertilised in the spring to encourage healthy growth. There are a variety of options available. Some people prefer compost or mulch which are the more organic options. However, chemical fertilisers are also available and both options will provide noticeable results. Follow the recommended schedule for the type of fertiliser.
Keeping a lawn healthy isn’t always an easy task. However, it is possible with a little planning and a few key strategies, and perhaps even investing in new tools such as the lawn scarifier and aerator from VonHaus. For those that are getting ready for spring, use this advice for a healthy lawn. Even following just a few of these tips will produce noticeable results.