It is approaching spring and it is that time of year where we need to be thinking about our lawn care and maintenance. Spring is the ideal time to consider feeding your lawn so that it is prepared for the rigors of a hot summer. As a keen gardener, I like to think of the winter months as a time of rest for our lawns. However, it won’t be long before the grass will start to grow fast and will need to consider the first cut. Time to prepare.
The general lawn care that should be carried out in spring is raking, aerating and applying a top dressing. The video below explains this in a lot more detail..
Having taken this first step, and with careful care in the summer, you will find your lawn will remain a lush green for the bulk of the summer Monts. Naturally this does depend a lot on where you live. If you live in a drought area, and you find it difficult water your lawn, then unfortunately you won’t escape the dry parched lawn look.
Another problem to consider and rectify is the actual soil and being aware that winter can alter its pH value, this in turn will make for a poor lawn in the summer if you don’t take the appropriate steps. The article below is one of the most comprehensive I have found and gives some absolutely invaluable advice, here is an excerpt…
A healthy summer lawn starts with spring maintenance. Winter can alter soil pH, compact the soil, and create conditions friendly to weeds and disease, so it’s crucial that you properly clean, fertilize and mow your yard early in the season. So what can you do when winter’s receding snow reveals bare spots, invasive plants and other problems with your patch of green? Don’t panic — break out the broadcast spreader and click through our list of spring lawn care tips.
First try to address the soil conditions that prevented grass from growing in the past. Call your local Cooperative Extension office to find out where you can get a soil test; this will tell you what nutrients your lawn is lacking. Once you’ve corrected your soil composition, aerate the ground to avoid any problems with soil compaction…read the full article series here
I hope you found the tips in this article as informative and has given you the information you need regarding your own lawn care and maintenance. especially now that spring is in the air (well nearly). Most treatments that you can buy nowadays have to be safe for kids and pets.
Most treatments that you can buy nowadays have to be safe for kids and pets. It is worth mentioning the importance of reading all instructions carefully if you intend to use your lawn for recreation. Some products are harmful, some will instruct you to water in after a few days of drought.
Preparation of your lawn is imperative if you want a healthy lawn throughout the summer months, Remember the golden rules for your spring lawn care, raking, aerating and applying a top dressing. Remember to take care of your pets and children by reading all labels carefully. There are lots of safe effective lawn treatments on the market. One last tip! Never ever be tempted to cut your lawn too short. Set your blades higher and cut your lawn more often. I promise you will be rewarded with a strong healthy lawn if you just follow the information above.
Finally, if you would like to add your own tips please use the ‘comment’ box below this article. There are a lot of lawn care DIY experts out there, and I just know there is a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to be had in nurturing a healthy, fine looking lawn.