Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011
Spring Lawn Care
As spring breaks and the garden comes alive, the state of your lawn is a critical factor in the appearance of the whole garden. Bring your lawn up to scratch now to realise its full potential. Just a little time and effort will reap fabulous rewards in terms of lawn quality, grass health and the overall look of the garden.

As the weather warms up the grass will start to grow more rapidly. Don’t be tempted to cut it if the soil is very wet or there is frost or snow on the ground. Be gentle with the first few cuts of the season, simply trim off the top third of growth, with the mower blades adjusted to their highest setting. Allow the lawn to recover for a few days and then cut again with the blades on a lower setting. At this time of year the lawn may only need cutting about once or twice a fortnight.

Feeding and Conditioning
After the ravages of winter your lawn may be overrun with moss and weeds that compete with the grass for vital nutrients and soil moisture. All plants need feeding to perform their best in the garden, your lawn is no exception.

When you have cut the lawn, if it is free from weeds and moss apply Aftercut Lawn Feed & Conditioner to the lawn as a tonic. This can be applied after mowing every 3-4 weeks from March until October and will boost the lawn and green up the grass in 3 days. It contains a blend of nutrients to support and sustain your lawn during the season.  If your lawn is a little patchy try using Aftercut Lawn Revitaliser 2 in 1, a lawn feed with seed to add new life to your lawn.

Compacted lawns can be aerated in spring if the soil is moist. You’ll know if your lawn is compacted because it will be rock hard, slow to drain after rainfall and may also have to bear heavy foot traffic. Paths across the lawn are often quick to compact. Opening up the structure of the soil improves the drainage around the grass roots and encourages healthy growth. Ideally you should remove plugs of soil using a hollow tine aerator and fill these with Lawn and Turf Dressing. You can also use a normal garden fork and push the tines into the soil to a depth of 7-10cm if possible and then brush Lawn and Turf Dressing into the holes. Lawn and Turf Dressing contains a mixture of 50% sand, 25% peat, 25% soil and fertiliser, which together add exactly the right ingredients to the soil for premium grass growth.

Occasional Weeds
Small patches of weeds can be dealt with effectively by using either a selective weed killer such as Resolva Lawn Weedkiller Ready To Use or Concentrate or by removing by hand. Resolva Lawn Weedkiller is specially formulated to control all common broad leaved weeds and will not damage the rest of the lawn. If you choose to use a weed killer on the lawn always ensure it is specifically formulated for the lawn as standard weed killers are non-selective and will also kill the grass. Alternatively remove weeds by hand using a daisy gruber. It is important to remove the entire root as many weeds can quickly re-grow from the smallest piece of root left in the ground.

Weeds and Moss Control
For widespread moss and weeds the most effective method of treatment is to apply Lawn Feed, Weed & Moss Killer. For small areas up to 100m2 apply using the handheld spreader pack. For larger lawns use the Westland Lawn Spreader for fast and accurate application. Lawn Feed, Weed & Moss Killer will turn any moss in the lawn black after about 2-3 weeks. Rake out the dead moss and re-seed bare patches.

General Lawn Repairs
Most lawns will suffer from bare patches and thinning areas from time to time. The easiest way to treat these areas is to over seed with a specialist repair kit such as Westland Lawn Refresh or Surestart Lawn Repair Kit and can be done quickly and easily.

Simply loosen the soil surface, removing any weeds, moss or debris from the area. Add top soil if necessary and scatter the grass seed according to the application rate. Once you have scattered the seed water the area gently to avoid the seeds being washed away and keep moist until the seeds have germinated and are growing strongly.

New Lawns
Spring is the perfect time to sow new lawns from seed. If the weather is cold, delay sowing new lawns from seed and repairing bare patches until April.