This month heralds the beginning of spring and the start of the gardening season. Winter weather can take its toll on lawns so find out what you can do to bring your lawn back up to scratch with helpful advice on early spring lawn care from Essex turf grower and supplier Paynes Turf.
Mowing is top of the list on any early spring lawn care programme. Quite often, grass doesn’t get cut at all during the winter months because it’s simply too wet to cut, so can tend to look quite untidy by the time spring arrives. Providing the grass is dry set your mower on its highest setting and mow the lawn. This will immediately transform the lawn and make it look neat and tidy once again. Aim to cut the lawn once a week, weather permitting, lowering the height setting each time you mow until you reach your preferred cutting height.
Tip: Don’t be tempted to cut more than a third off the top of the grass – although the grass may be longer than you’d like after the first cut, cutting off too much could damage the grass leaves.
Aerate the lawn
Aerating a lawn helps to alleviate problems with drainage – a problem that many of us have experienced following the excessive amount of rain and snow the country has received over the winter months. Aeration will also allow air and light to reach the roots of grass leaves which will help to produce stronger, healthier growth.
Spring and autumn are the best times of the year to aerate, so use a garden fork to poke holes in the lawn, about 15cm deep and approximately every 15cm across. If your lawn is large, however, you may wish to hire a plug aerator from your local garden equipment hire centre to make the job easier and quicker.
Remove worm casts
After prolonged periods of heavy rain you may notice the appearance of worm casts on your lawn. Worm casts are small muddy heaps of soil that are formed from the waste products of earthworms. To find out more about worm casts and how they are formed, click here. To remove worm casts use a stiff broom to brush the deposits into the lawn, but make sure that the worm casts are dry before you attempt this to avoid spreading the deposits over the lawn.
Time to lay a new lawn!
This month is an ideal time to lay new turf. Not only is the weather starting to warm up (finally!), but the newly laid turf will have plenty of time to establish before heavy use in the summer. What’s more, springtime rainfall will mean less watering is required after laying the turf, and the old turves will be easier to remove.
When preparing the ground for new turf always make sure that the old turf is removed and the ground prepared before the new turf is ordered, and aim to lay the turf on the same day as it’s delivered. Find out how to lay a new lawn here.