Spring lawn care

CandideZA
Published on September 12th 2020
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There is nothing quite like a lush, green lawn to accompany beautiful flowering beds in a garden, and with Spring in full swing, now is the perfect time to give your lawn some extra TLC.
Have a look below for a few pointers to get you going:

WATER

Water is vital for the growth and health of any lawn, but it is important to water correctly. The norm is 25 mm per week, and we would advise watering for one good session rather than giving a little every other day. This would ensure that the water penetrates deeper and in turn force the roots to grow to a deeper level.
Tip | Water early in the morning as there is less evaporation and by nightfall, your lawn would’ve dried to stay clear of diseases.

WEEDS

In grass, the most common weeds to be found are generally broad-leaved and quite simple to get rid of by using the correct weed killer. Have your grass grow a bit longer, follow the exact instructions on the label, and wait for at least 24 hours before mowing or watering your lawn. You might need to repeat this process depending on the density of weeds in your grass.

MOWING

Mowing is a fantastic way to bring the best out of your lawn, but can also be one of the biggest mistakes you make if done too short. A general rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of the length of your lawn. If your lawn grows back really fast, consider cutting it more than once a week.

AERATION

Over time, as we walk and move over soil it will pack down until no air can penetrate into the soil. This is not the best for your grassroots as they need air to grow and thrive. Aeration is a process that adds more air to your grass and can be done by either using a fork or spike roller to punch holes into the soil. It’s a time-consuming process but you will reap the benefits of better nutrient uptake, moisture retention and an extra bit of breathing room for your grass.

SCARIFYING

On the surface of the soil, it is very common for a layer of dead roots and stems to build up. This is called thatch. It is necessary to remove this layer of thatch especially if it reaches about 20mm in thickness as the thatch will create a breeding ground for disease and would require more watering and fertilizing. Scarify your lawn to remove this thatch by mowing it very short and then using a rake to lift and shuffle your grass to remove the thatch. Scarifying is a nice 'spring clean' action for your lawn but will leave your lawn a bit exposed and in need of some topsoil.

TOPSOIL / TOP DRESSING

Topsoil is a mixture of compost and soil applied to grass in a thin layer over the growing season - anytime from August to February. It is used to replenish nutrients, but also level out uneven surfaces in your lawn, and should be the last step of your spring cleaning. It is important to soak your lawn well before applying topsoil to ensure the grassroots don’t dry out.

FERTILIZER

Ever noticed the three numbers on fertilizer bags, 5: 1: 5? They stand for:
  • 5 - Nitrogen | feeds foliage and ensures for a green lawn.
  • 1 - Phosphorus | aids root and stem development.
  • 5 - Potassium | aids in the production of flowers.
A good general fertilizer for a lawn is 5:1:5 and should be applied during the growing season.

CUTTINGS

Remember to reuse and recycle these! They make for excellent mulch mixed into your compost heap with other organic matter.

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