Spring lawn maintenance
NOW is the best time to undertake some beneficial maintenance to get the lawn in top shape for summer.
For a lush green lawn, treat your lawn to a spring makeover. Check out the general condition of the lawn. Check for weeds and areas that need particular attention like yellowing, bare patches and unevenness.
If the lawn is springy, it may have a buildup of thatch.
This is cause by dead blades of grass accumulating around the base of the grass stems.
This reduces water and nutrients penetrating down into the soil.
Give it a good rake with a steel rake to remove the thatch.
Compacted soil can be a problem in high traffic areas leaving spots where the grass won’t grow.
This is because the soil becomes densely packed, making it difficult for the grass to take root.
Open up the soil to allow water, nutrients and air to penetrate, by sinking the prongs of a garden fork into the ground to a depth of about 10cm and wiggle it back and forth.
For larger lawns, consider hiring a core aerator machine.
Remove weeds now before they mature and spread more seed.
The best way to discourage weeds is to have a thick, healthy lawn.
Use a hose-on combination fertiliser and herbicide like “Weed n feed” or “Bindii” to promote strong new grass growth and kill a selection of broadleaf weeds like capeweed, bindii, clover, dandelions and thistles.
Feed your lawn with an organic, slow release, lawn fertiliser to promote healthy green growth, strong root growth and increased disease resistance.
These are available in granular, pellet and hose on applications.
Apply dry fertilisers with a hand spreader and water in well immediately.
“Weed n feed” not only kills weeds but also fertilises the lawn.
Finally, top dress uneven and bare patches with soil and seed using a lawn repair kit.
Give your lawn a deep watering once a week and mow regularly to a height of 3 inches, 7-8 cm, with sharp blades. And don’t mow when the grass is wet. Happy gardening.