Why Do I Need To Maintain My Lawn In Spring?

After winter your lawn will be in need of some TLC to repair and rejuvenate it in time for summer. Spring maintenance is the key to a healthy summer lawn so now is the time to nourish your lawn and bring it back to its full potential after a harsh winter. If you devote some time to your lawn in spring, then you'll reap the benefits in summer with only regular maintenance tasks required. Find out how to feed, de-weed, drain and repair your lawn with our guide from our in-store horticultural experts.  

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Why do you have to maintain a lawn?

1. Feeding 

We cut our lawns regularly, to maintain fresh green growth, and to prevent them flowering and going to seed. Lawns put on new growth each time we cut them and require feed to produce that new growth. The key element is Nitrogen which encourages healthy green foliage growth in plants. Lawn feeds contain high quantities of nitrogen.

2. Drainage 

Grasses naturally grow in well-drained soils. Where soil is heavy or poorly drained, grasses will not grow as well, and other plants – principally moss and weeds which are more suited to heavy and damp conditions, will out-compete the grass, and start to take over. Maintaining grass and improving soil conditions allows grass to thrive and prevents moss and weeds talking hold.

3. Stress
 

Grass may be under stress, or get lots of use (e.g. as a childrens play area), and will require maintaining to keep in good condition – exactly as a football pitch requires a full week of maintenance to sustain games each week.

4. Weed Control 

There are many common weeds which thrive in lawns. These will often grow faster than grass, and spread and/or seed quickly. They may start to take over lawn areas without removal or control.

Feeding:

The most popular option is a ‘3-in-1’ complete solution, such as ‘Evergreen Complete’ which feeds the lawn but at the same time has additional weedkiller and mosskiller ingredients which tackle all the main lawn problems. This works well as a granular feed, once or twice a year and is best applied and distributed across your lawn with a spreader. If your lawn is over 200m2, then a rolling lawn spreader will help you make light work of this task. 

For maximum results, check the weather forecast and apply your lawn feed just before it is due to rain. Alternatively you can water these products in with your garden hose. Water encourages granules to dissolve in to the soil. In summer opt for a liquid lawn feed, as a granular feed may scorch the lawn in particularly dry conditions. Many lawn treatments advise keeping pets off treated areas for a number of days, but if you do have a beloved pooch or cat then we do stock a pet-friendly alternative that'll leave your mind at peace. 

Drainage:

Improving drainage will significantly boost the condition of your lawn and help to control or completely eradicate moss. Aerators work by removing tubes of soil, and when backfilled with sand, this allows water to better drain away from the roots. This can also be achieved by using a garden fork and spiking the lawn using the tines, however this does compress the soil around the tines. Alternatively, you could opt for lawn spike shoes and wear these while you walk across your lawn, making sure you cover all areas.
 
‘Scarifying’ is a term used for raking thatch and moss out of a lawn. This allows airflow to grass roots and improves grass growth. For large areas, an Electric Lawn Rake is best suited, while a Spring Tine Metal Rake is perfect for smaller areas.

Stress and repair:

Your lawn may be damages by a number of factors – winter weather, kids playing and your pets. Spring is the ideal time to repair a lawn. Where grass has worn away in places, or areas of moss have been treated, applying additional grass seed will ensure grass regrows in bald patches.

Lawn seed is available in several different seed mixes depending on use and position. Once you've applied your lawn seed, cover it with a sprinkling of topsoil. This aids germination and deters birds. For a quicker fix choose ‘Patch Fix’ and ‘Patch Magic’ which are a pre-mix of grass seed, soil and fertilizer, and will create the fastest patch repair.

Weed control:

Lawn weeds can be easily controlled using either a ‘3-in-1’ style compete solution, or with a specific weedkiller like ‘Weedol Lawn Weedkiller’. General weedkillers will kill grass and broadleaf weeds whereas this is a selective weedkiller which kills broadleaf weeds, but does not kill grass. 

Alternatively, weeds can be removed using a ‘Daisy Grubber’ – which is a tool designed to push into the lawn and pull out top and root of lawn weeds.

Moss control: 

There are a number of specific moss control products, the best known of which is ‘Lawn Sand’. This is a mix of sand and Ferrous Sulphate, which kills moss and helps improve drainage.

So now that you know why you have to maintain the lawn and a few of the techniques we recommend, you can watch our lawn care video here, explore more of our lawn care tips and browse our product range online. For even more tips on your lawn care in your local area visit your local Dobbies where our horticultural experts are happy to help.