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Caring For Your Lawn In Spring

Author : Mark Bartley

The season of Spring has all kinds of significance. Sports fans will notice a big change in the event calendar as the season arrives. Winter sports conclude their seasons and fair weather sports start to take up the back pages of newspapers. Motor racing, athletics and golf all reappear, while the main season-long soccer tournaments reach their finales. The milder weather also brings opportunities for people to get outside and enjoy the countryside more frequently. Joggers go out in the woods and families dust off their bicycles to ride along tracks and footpaths together. For nature lovers, spring heralds a complete change. Bare-branched trees rapidly start to change their appearance and nesting birds like Blackbirds, followed later by Blue Tits, busy themselves building nests for their soon-to-arrive chicks. For gardeners spring brings a welcome change to the cold, short days of winter when there was very little to do and many gardens stayed dormant, on hold until the warming sunshine of longer days to spur them into action.

The arrival of spring also inspires and motivates people to get on and do things. That long list of jobs to do around the home is finally tackled, with cleaning and maintenance jobs being addressed. Many people also see spring as an opportunity to change their lifestyles, perhaps challenging themselves to live more healthily and take more exercise. And anyone with a garden will almost certainly look at spending at least a little more time outside tidying things up and making the space ready to be used again. It's not just enthusiastic gardeners who do this either. Everyone, even with a minimum or equipment, money or time, can make a difference in the garden quite quickly during spring.

The lawn is a great place to get started, the centrepiece of many gardens and the area that normally gets the most use, especially if there are children in the household. The great thing is that lawns respond very quickly to a bit of attention at the start of spring. There is no great requirement to own lots of tools either when it comes to spring lawn care. A quick rake or brush with a birch broom will get rid of any surface debris like wind-blown twigs and branches and then, once a run of a few dry days has dealt with any surface moisture, a quick run over with the mower on a high setting will suddently make the lawn look wonderful again. Just those 2 simple jobs will make such a difference they often enthuse people to take things a little further.

Some lawns never receive a full programme of maintenance. That's not to say they aren't mowed regularly and kept tidy, just that they seldom receive additional care such as added nutrients, scarifying or receiving a weed control treatment. For a lawn that has received only the most basic attention during its life, one or more of these additional steps as required will make a noticeable difference to its health and appearance. And the best thing is that these jobs are easy to complete, take only a short period of time and only a modest outlay of money.

So is there a reason not to go out into the garden and tackle a few jobs at the start of spring to give your lawn some extra care? Scarifying even an average lawn can be hard work manually, but semi-professional machines can be hired at low cost and will do a great job very quickly. Once you have aerated the lawn consider applying a top dressing if your lawn needs one. This is great for improving the soil structure under the lawn, useful if your soil has high clay content, and is also an easy way of levelling out bumpy lawn. Top dressing can be purchased by the bag at garden centres but for bigger lawns a loose delivery may be more cost effective.

Nutrition is a key component of spring lawn care programmes. All lawns have to get food from somewhere, so even a very well cared for lawn will benefit from a spring feed. Specialist lawn food for springtime is provided by most of the main suppliers and when carefully applied, will prepare the grass perfectly for the summer months.

Finally late-spring is a great time to look at lawn weed and moss control, so before they start to get established, an application of a weed and moss control formula will nip things in the bud and leave your lawn with all the nutrients to itself to help it look its best during the months ahead.

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Mike offers suggestions for lawn owners considering spring lawn care jobs. Mark has produced numerous garden guides and product reviews.

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