Springtime Lawn Care Tips

As the chill of winter begins to fade, and the warmth of spring starts to take over, it’s time to focus on one of the most cherished features of a home: the lawn. After many months of dormancy, lawns will be eager for some TLC to revive their lush, green beauty. April is the perfect month to kickstart the lawn care routine, setting you up with vibrant and healthy grass throughout the rest of the year.

Here are some of the essential tasks our gardeners can follow to ensure your lawn thrives this spring:

Raking and Dethatching: The first job is raking the lawn to remove any debris, fallen leaves and dead grass/weeds that have accumulated during the winter. This allows sunlight, air and water to get down into the soil beneath the grass, more effectively. Dethatching the lawn removes the buildup of thick, matted layers of dead grass (thatch), which inhibits healthy grass growth.

Aeration: Compacted soil can suffocate grass roots and impede healthy growth. Aerating the lawn helps alleviate compaction by creating small holes that allow air, water and nutrients to reach the roots more easily. Aeration tools such as spike aerators or core aerators can be used, depending on the size of the lawn.

Overseeding: Over time, grass can thin out due to human and pet foot traffic, pests and diseases. Overseeding involves spreading grass seed over the existing lawn to cover bare patches and promote better, thicker grass growth. High-quality seed blends suitable for the climate and soil type are best used for overseeding.

Fertilisation: Spring is the best time to fertilise a lawn, providing essential nutrients that promote healthy growth and encourage a vibrant green grass colour. A balanced fertiliser with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is best used. Slow-release fertilisers give longer-lasting results.

Weed Control: Spring is when the weeds also start to germinate, and threaten to take over a lawn. Implementing a proactive weed control strategy by applying pre-emergent environmentally friendly (except to weeds!) herbicides, prevents weed seeds from sprouting. For any existing weeds, spot treating them with post-emergent herbicides or manually removing them, roots and all, with a weed puller or burner, is the way to go.

Watering: Adequate moisture is very important for any newly seeded lawn areas and for promoting overall grass health. Watering fairly frequently encourages deep root growth, preferably in the early morning whilst it’s cool, to minimize evaporation. Monitoring rainfall and adjusting the watering schedule accordingly, assists in introducing about 1-1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall. This can be quite the task for large lawned areas!

Mowing: As the lawn begins to grow more vigorously in the spring, it’s essential to establish a regular mowing routine. Setting the mower blade to the appropriate height for the grass type, and never removing more than one-third of the grass height in a single mowing session, encourages healthy growth and helps prevent stress on the grass.

Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for signs of pest infestations or lawn diseases, such as brown patches, yellowing grass, or unusual looking spots. Prompt addressing of any issues with appropriate treatments, whether organic or chemical, to prevent further damage, will help in maintaining a healthy lawn.

By following these essential spring lawn care tips, our gardeners can help our customers can look forward to a vibrant and resilient lawn that will be the envy of the neighbors. Consistency is key, so diligence with a lawn care routine throughout the spring and beyond, is important. With proper care and attention, your lawn will reward you with lush green beauty for many more seasons to come.