Spring time jobs to improve your lawn
Spring is just THE best time to get out into the garden and really make a difference. Perennial plants can be tidied up, dead vegetation removed, flower beds mulched to control weeds, seeds sown and the lawn preened to perfection.
When you think about it, our lawns get a lot of abuse during the course of a year. We trample on them, sit on them, mow them, neglect to feed them, expose them to drought, deluge, frost and scorching sun. It’s a wonder we get away with it!
Actually, we don’t get away with it at all. When you see a newly turfed lawn and compare it to one that is a few years old, you can see how tired the old lawn is. But, it can be revived and rejuvenated with just a little bit of TLC
- Scarifying removes all of the old dead leaves, the moss and the debris from the lawn. It gives the plants room to breathe and helps rainwater filter through the sward and down to where the roots can use it. If your lawn is relatively small, you can use a springtine rake for scarification. If your lawn is larger, either hire a machine form the local toolhire shop or call in a lawn care company to help
- Aeration: David Hedges-Gower is a lawn care expert. He lists aeration as one of the most important lawn care jobs you can be doing. Aeration basically makes holes in the surface of your lawn. It relieves the compaction created when the lawn is walked and played on. It allows air to get into the soil and it helps enormously with drainage. Always use a hollow tine aerator – never a garden fork – and enjoy burning off the calories you ingested at Easter time.
- Feeding: Last month we blogged about the importance of feeding your lawn. If you missed that blogpost, you can read it here
- Mowing your lawn is an art in itself. It’s not just a case of wheeling the mower out of the shed, starting it up and pushing it around a bit. The cutting height of your mower and the state of the blades are paramount to the health of your lawn. At this time of year (April/May) you should be mowing at least once a week and removing all of the clippings. A family lawn can be maintained at about 5cm height. That might sound a lot, but slightly longer grass is better at withstanding wear and bad weather. Keep your mower blades really sharp. Buy new ones if needs be.
- Edging: This is one lawn care job that will make a huge difference to the whole garden. Having a crisply cut neat edge to your lawn gives a well-tended and manicured feel to the whole property. Even if (as in my case) the flower beds still need weeding and the paint is peeling off the summer house.
- Repairs: After scarifying and aerating you may think some areas of your lawn look a bit thin and sparse. Those areas are easily repaired by oversowing with some grass seed.
- Replacement: If your lawn really is in a sorry state, the quickest and least challenging way to improve it is to simply replace the whole thing with new turf. You can lay turf yourself, or you can make the most of local experts and have them supply and lay a lawn for you.
- Alex Mason