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Spring Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Care

The First Cut

March/April is the time your lawn will spring into action as the weather warms up and you’ll be tempted to give it a first cut but don’t do this if there is a forecast for frost or snow or if the ground is very wet. For the first cut make sure that your lawnmower blades are at the highest setting and just gently trim about a third of the growth and then after a few days give it another trim at a lower setting. Never mow too short as it weakens the grass and encourages weeds and moss to become established, a perfect height is about 1 – 1.5inches.

Spring Feed

Your lawn will need a bit of TLC after the winter months so treat it with a product like Westlands Aftercut that is a triple action lawn treatment that greens and feeds your lawn, whilst controlling weeds and moss. Apply it a few days after your first cut.

Compacted Lawns

If your lawn is compacted then you need to deal with this by aerating it to improve the drainage around the grass roots encouraging healthy growth. Simply push a garden fork into the lawn to a depth of 3 to 4 inches and then fill the holes with a lawn and turf dressing that promotes grass growth.

Bare Patches and Over Seeding

Every year up to a quarter of the grass in the lawn can die, more after a cold, wet winter so over seeding by sowing new grass seed into the existing lawn can rejuvenate the lawn and bring it back to life.

Bare patches can be dealt with by a simple lawn patch repair product that combines grass seed and slow release fertiliser and produces a thick grass covering in no time

Start with this simple spring lawn care then feed every 3 - 4 weeks throughout the growing season with something like Aftercut 3 Day Green and your lawn will definitely make friends and family green with envy this summer!

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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