The warmer days of spring tend to signal growth for grass that may have been lying a little more dormant during the winter months. As such, you might be finding your grass needs extra attention in the spring. This growth will only continue into the summer, so it’s important to be ready!
Luckily, there are a few steps you can take now to prepare a lawn for the spring. Wondering what you should do to your lawn for spring? This blog takes a look at some spring lawn care tips to help you get your grass spring ready!
Lawn likes to be able to breathe, and one good way to ensure it gets more oxygen is to aerate it. This is particularly important for areas that have been walked on a lot, or otherwise compacted, during the winter. Aerating your lawn can also allow for water and fertiliser to get further into the soil, which is beneficial for the turf. There are several different ways you can aerate your lawn. One option is to use a gardening fork; however, this can be pretty time consuming if you have a larger amount of ground to cover. Another option is aeration shoes. You simply pop these over your regular shoes and walk about your yard. For those who’d rather a quicker option (or have a little too much grass to aerate manually), there are also lawn core machines that can be purchased or borrowed, or operated by lawn aeration professionals.
If you mow your lawn yourself, spring can see your mower getting a little more use than it has during the winter. As such, one way to get ready for spring is to give your mower a bit of a look over. Make sure everything is running smoothly. If you know what you’re doing, you may like to take a look at the mower blades and sharpen or replace them if they seem blunt. Alternatively, bring in the professionals to check the blades or give your lawnmower a full service. Making a habit of checking your mower in preparation for spring each year can help you notice any underlying issues that might be occurring and get them sorted before the fast-growing months.
The warmer weather doesn’t just mean your grass is growing more, it can also see weeds moving in on your lawn. Keep an eye on your yard as spring rolls around, and try to tackle any weeds that show up before they can get too much of a foothold. If left to grow, these weeds can begin to flower and spread their seed, meaning more weeds in your garden! Do a little manual weeding, and pull the pesky plants out by the roots when you first notice them appearing. If you notice a lot are popping up, you might instead like to apply a herbicide to the weeds. These can be purchased from your local gardening store, and both pre-emergent and post-emergent options are generally available. Of course, if you don’t like the idea of having to do the weeding yourself, you can always call in the pros at Jim’s Mowing to lend a helping hand!
Another important step for preparing your lawn for spring is fertilising. Fertilisers are packed full of nutrients that release into the ground, giving your lawn a good feed. You can fertilise your lawn in a few different ways. The first is by making your own compost and adding it to your lawn. This can be made from a variety of different elements, including vegetable scraps from the kitchen, grass mulch from the mower, and dead leaves. Another form of fertiliser is the type that can be purchased from your local gardening store. There are many types available for purchase, so make sure you do a little research and purchase one that works well for your lawn variety. Fertilising can be incorporated into your early spring lawn care routine. It’s generally a good idea to fertilise your lawn at the very beginning of spring, but always err on the side of caution and don’t give your lawn too much! Too much fertiliser can cause your lawn to grow an excess amount of thatch, and encourage weed growth.
For more information on how the Jim’s Mowing team can help prepare your lawn for summer, get in touch!
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