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Spring Lawn Care Tasks

Author : Mark Bartley

You know summer is just around the corner when the height of your lawn seems to return to its pre-cut level in just a few days time. It is at this point that gardeners turn their thoughts turn to spring lawn care and how best to achieve that lush green look you see in all the gardening books. They will have spent the past few months watching their lawns doing not much at all and in terms of lawn care there was very little to worry about. Come spring time things will start to change, slowly at first and then with more pace as the weather warms up.

The secrets to successful lawn care are planning and using the right techniques at the right time. They involve many of the same basics as looking after any living being. Provide a suitable situation to live, make available sufficient food and offer protection from dangers such as predators and your living lawn should do nothing other than thrive and look great. That means making sure the soil beneath the lawn as nutritious as it can be, feeding the lawn when required and making sure weeds and moss don't start to cause problems.

During the beginning of spring caring for a lawn involves as much patience as it does effort and activity. That's because at this stage of the season a lawn is going through a period of natural adjustment, changing from a hibernation period when the weather was colder to a period of renewal and growth. This adjustment is something most lawns can easily accomplish on their own, but things can start to go wrong if too much interference comes at the wrong time. Typically that intervention comes in the form of cutting the lawn, mowing of an aggressive nature to be precise.

But before you fire up the mower for the first time, make sure your lawn has been cleared of any winter twigs, leaves and other debris. If you have molehills on your lawn then take care of those first and take advantage of dry days to brush over any worm casts you may have. Then your lawn will be ready for its first cut.

The key successful lawn care in spring starts with proper mowing. A lawn is likely to be placed under unnecessary stress if it is close cropped too early. Experienced gardeners will keep their mowing setting high for the initial few cuts, only taking the top off the blades. Even if the grass has been left long over the winter you shouldn't be tempted to reduce it to its normal summer height immediately. This can harm the lawn and slow down the re-growth process. Be patient with the first few cuts only taking 1 or 2 centimeters at a time from the height of the lawn and let the lawn rest and recover for a few days between mowings during March and early April.

Once a regular mowing routine has been established and the lawn is growing vigorously again you can start to think about adding a spring feed, which typically will contain slow release nitrogen to see the lawn healthily into the summer. For lawns that have issues with weeds or moss then late April is also a good time to tackle them with a specific weedkiller. Products now exist that can accomplish all of these tasks in a single application, saving time and effort for the busy gardener. As with any application of feeds or weed control, even spreading is essential not only to make sure all areas of the lawn are treated but to avoid the problems of over-application which can damage affected arts of the lawn. Investing in a good quality spreader is essential for the gardener who is serious about lawn care. Also remember not to dispose of grass cuttings onto your compost heap for the first week or so following the application of lawn weed killers.

Once your spring lawn care tasks are all completed, your grass will be fully prepared to reward you with a beautiful lawn all summer long.

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Marks works reviewing spring lawn care are part of many he has produced for online gardening publications.

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