Refurbishing your lawn for spring
Lawn refurbishment is one of those jobs that is best done when you’re not planning on using the lawn very much.
It takes time for the grass plants to settle down afterwards and during that time it’s best to keep off the lawn as much as possible.
Our favourite time of year for lawn refurbishments is early spring. Our second choice would be early autumn, although of course any time of year is fine provided the weather is suitable.
Which is best? Refurbishment or replacement?
There comes a point where lawn refurbishment is not practical. For example, if your lawn has less than 60% coverage of lawn grasses then it really is better to start all over again.
Why? Well, if your lawn is particularly mossy, has a lot of broadleaved weeds in it, has bare patches or is made up of coarse, tufty grass, it’s going to take an awful lot of time and patience to restore it. It’s more than likely, that the soil beneath your lawn is very compacted and short of nutrients – which is why the lawn grasses are finding it hard to survive. Which is why, it’s better to re-prepare the soil and make it grass-friendly again. Then you can either lay new turf or sow grass seed.
How to refurbish your lawn
Lawn refurbishment involves 5 major steps.
- Weed treatment to take out major infestations of broadleaved weeds
- Scarify to remove moss, thatch and other loose debris
- Aeration to open up the soil structure allowing air, water and nutrients to reach the roots
- Feeding the soil
- Overseeding bare patches
You can start work in late spring once the threat of frost has passed. Scarifying and aeration are not jobs for the unfit or the faint-hearted. They’re time-consuming and very hard work. Hiring machinery to help you is strongly advised. Better still – hire the machinery and an operator. That way you can get on with everyday life and leave the hard work to the experts.
Feed with a good quality lawn feed that’s correct for the time of year. For spring refurbishments, this all-purpose lawn feed is ideal.
Once you have finished work, your lawn will look dreadful for a few weeks. But trust me, it will recover and it will be better than ever. If the soil was very compacted, be ready to repeat steps 1-5 in the autumn in order to achieve the lawn of your dreams.
If you want instant results with no waiting for the lawn to green-up and the bare patches to fill in, than lawn replacement is by far your best option.
It’s nowhere near as expensive as you might imagine. Particularly if the turf installer is also the turf grower. By cutting out the middle man you can manage costs a lot better.
There’s no reason why you can’t lay turf yourself. It’s hard physical work but will leave you with an enormous sense of pride.
To save yourself time and guarantee a professional finish, why not make the most of Wimborne Turf’s supply and lay service?
Simply call the office and arrange for a no-obligation visit from one of our turf-laying team. They will measure your garden, assess the amount of soil preparation needed and explain how they go about their work. Then they can give you an approximate date for the work to be done (this depends very much on weather conditions and is subject to change). You’ll be emailed a written quotation and as soon as you let us know you’re happy to go ahead we’ll pop your garden into our diary.
Take a look at these pictures of finished turfing jobs while you decide whether to refurbish or replace your lawn.
For any lawn refurbishment or lawn replacement advice, please don't hesitate to contact the team at Wimborne Turf. We're here to help you!
- Alex Mason