It’s time to get the lawn in or­der

Warwick Daily News - - GARDEN - Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

IF YOUR lawn is look­ing a lit­tle win­ter weary then spring is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to bring it back to its lush green best. Here are sim­ple spring lawn care steps you can make to take your lawn from drab to fab.

◗ RE­PAIR THE BARE PATCHES: Weeds are op­por­tunis­tic and will quickly in­vade bare patches in the lawn if you don’t re­pair them. Early spring is a great time for lawn re­pair as new grass seedlings will be able to be­come es­tab­lished be­fore the hot weather ar­rives. Re­move dead grass and gen­tly cul­ti­vate and loosen the soil in the bare patch. Mix lawn seed with fer­tiliser. Wa­ter the patch reg­u­larly while the new grass es­tab­lishes it­self.

◗ FEED­ING: It takes en­ergy for lawns to grow the thick, deep green grass that is beau­ti­ful to walk and play on and helps cre­ate a fan­tas­tic look­ing front and back­yard. We also mow lawns con­stantly through­out the warmer sea­sons, which re­moves lots of nu­tri­ents from the soil. Reg­u­lar feed­ing with an or­ganic-based lawn food helps im­prove the or­ganic mat­ter con­tent of the soil.

◗ GRUB CON­TROL: Curl grubs are com­mon pests of lawns dur­ing spring. They are creamy white or grey grubs, about 2-3cm long with a brown head and a dark grey to black bot­tom. When dis­turbed they curl into a C-shape. They dam­age the lawn by eat­ing the roots just be­low the soil sur­face. Curl grubs are the lar­vae of bee­tles like African black bee­tle, which are small, shiny black bee­tles around 1.5cm long. An ap­pli­ca­tion of easy to use hose-on in­sect con­trol will con­trol the adult African black bee­tles and any young curl grubs that may have al­ready hatched, help­ing to break the life cy­cle and pro­tect the lawn from dam­age.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ Spring is the per­fect time to patch up your lawn.

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