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Spring And Caring For Your Lawn

Author : Mark Bartley

When spring arrives, the task of caring for your lawn begins with a close look at the lawn's condition. If you've had a particularly harsh winter, spring is the time to examine the health of your lawn and bring it back up to health to encourage vibrant new growth in time for summer. First make sure that your lawn is clear of any loose twigs and leaves that may have accumulated over the winter months, including fallen leaves, detritus blown onto the lawn by winter storms and that there are no patches of damage from winter frosts or snow.

Cutting your lawn at the start of spring
Once the temperature of the soil starts to rise you will immediately notice that grass starts to grow much more quickly on your lawn. Don't be tempted to cut it too soon or too short. For the first cut of the year you should set your mower blades a little higher than you normally would. However, if you allow your lawn to get too high you may notice it will start to yellow as light is prevented from getting to the lower parts of the grass blades.

In early spring if the weather is mild enough the lawn should be mowed to a height of around 1 inch, depending on the variety. This allows the grass to grow without too much stress and without damaging the important base of the blades. You can then reduce the height of the blades with each cut to around 2 centimeters as soon as the grass growth strengthens.

Spring lawn care feeding

Spring lawn care should be all about restoring your lawn to its former glory and repairing the damage inflicted by the winter weather. A spring lawn feed is important to promote lush, healthy growth. Slow release feeds are ideal as long as the weather isn't too wet. Spring lawn feeds will also contain a higher proportion of nitrogen to encourage fast growth of the blades, giving you a rich green lawn that's healthy and vibrant. It should also contain phosphorous and potassium to encourage healthy root growth.

Damaged areas of your lawn can be reseeded once the chance of any late frosts has passed. Again, a feed with high nitrogen content will encourage the grass to develop, covering up any bald patches or areas of damaged lawn.

Weed control in spring

In springtime the lawn is not the only thing in the garden that starts to grow again. Weeds such as plantains and daisies will be quick to establish themselves on any lawn, so some of your spring lawn care should be to deal with these before they become an issue. Small amounts can be removed by hand weeding, but larger infestations may require the use of herbicides. As soon as you see the tell-tale signs of weed growth, the best way is to pull them up manually, making sure that you remove the whole of the root to prevent re-growth.

The initial weekends of spring can be a busy time in the garden, but make sure you carry out your spring lawn care programme in plenty of time and you'll have a lush, green and healthy lawn throughout the summer.

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