After the wettest winter on record, at long last the sun is out, the temperature is on the rise and the lawns should be starting to dry out. Following a tricky couple of months weather wise for our lawns, the grass will now be starting to grow with a vengence.
For london lawn care this is a very busy time of year. Not only do we have lots of remedial work to do on lawns damaged over the winter, but we also start the process of setting the lawns up for the rest of the year.
Here are my 5 top tips for Spring Lawn Care:
1) Lawn Fertilisation – Very important! Fast growing/recovering grass needs nutrients. Your grass will thank you for a treatment by turning a lovely emerald green and creating nice strong Spring growth.
2) Weed treatment – Spring is an excellent time to deal with troublesome weeds. Some of the more pernicious varieties (such as speedwell) are at their weakest at this time of year and therefore easier to get rid of during the Spring. We suggest unless you really are very weedy that a spot treatment is the best course of action as you can directly target the weeds and only use the chemical where it is really needed.
3) Most of our lawns are looking mossy again – this is particularly true of north facing gardens that don’t get much light in the winter months. Apply a moss treatment which will turn the moss black before you scarify the lawn to remove the dead moss and thatch as this helps make sure that you don’t just spread the problem about!
4) Aeration - Most of our lawns have suffered over the winter with compaction – paths to sheds and compost heaps; and “goal areas” from young footballers in particular! The best solution for this is hollow tine aeration (you may have seen this on golf courses) which involves removing small cores from the lawn. Alternatively you can get your fork out and spike the lawn by making holes all over it at 6 inch intervals – you’ll need some energy as this is pretty hard work! You may want to think about asking the professionals to help you with this task.
5) Top dressing and overseeding – Naturally some of the grass plants in your lawn die off over time . Top dressing not only helps the plants to support new shoots, but the process can help improve the quality of the top soil gradually. We like to use top dressing as a key for seed especially where there are bare patches and sometimes (when the whole lawn is looking thin) we overseed the entire lawn.
If all this sounds like a lot of hard work (which it is!) then why not give us a call if you are in our area and we will come and give you an idea of what we can do to help.