Tips for the spring season.
Spring is finally here (hopefully!) and as soon as the weather begins to improve, your grass should start showing signs of growth. Now it's time to start keeping a closer eye on your lawn. If it's been a winter of heavy frosts, a light rolling with the roller from your mower will help settle the surface of your lawn, leaving it even and smooth. It's not a bad idea to lightly rake the lawn to remove any debris, but be careful; a heavy hand will damage the grass. Inspect the lawn for signs for disease, and creeping moss. No idea how to spot disease? Try our Turf Troubleshooter for any immediate problems. Don't panic if you do find any; most turf diseases can be easily remedied. If it's a good day, then it's time to start mowing your lawn; make sure the mower blades are on a high setting so as to not rip up all your turf. However, not many mowings should be required in March.
It's time to dig out any coarse grasses clumping up your lawn, and to re-turf those areas. Regular mowing will keep your lawn neat and tidy, but keep the blades at a high cutting height. If you're thinking about fertilizing your lawn, make sure that the grass is dry with rain expected or water them yourself. It's still too early for weed killers, though!
As the sun begins to shine on a regular basis, it's finally the time for weed killer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and make sure the selected herbicide is rated for your type of grass; you don't want to kill your lawn in trying to keep it in good order! Mowing should be carried out on a more regular basis, but don't scalp your lawn! Gradually lower the mowing height according to how much your turf is growing. When mowing, it's important to vary the direction of the cut without pushing the mower backwards and forwards. If it's a warmer month than expected, then water the lawn. However, grass is tougher than it looks! Over-watering is more dangerous to your lawn than a drought. Water in the early morning if possible to avoid scorching the grass, and make sure the water has fully penetrated the soil. We advise not to water to late, because the leaf blades need to be dry going into nightfall.