Spring is an important time in the lawn care calendar. In order to help your lawn recover from the stresses of winter you’ll need to give it a bit of TLC. If you get your lawn care jobs done in spring, it’ll look fantastic heading into the summer.
When to Start Spring Lawn Care
For most of us in the UK, spring starts in April. Every so often we might experience a mild February or March and the temptation might be to start early. However, it’s common for these mild breaks in the weather to be followed by cold, wintry snaps later on. March is still too early for most spring jobs. That said, you can often get a head start by giving the lawn a topping with the mower and applying a moss killer.
Here are 6 of the most important lawn care jobs to tackle this spring;
1) Start Mowing
Cutting the grass is the most important part of caring for your lawn. So mow regularly while the grass is growing, this means at least once a week and if growth is particularly strong, once every 5 days. Never cut off more than a third of the grass leaf each time you mow. If you remove too much at all once you’ll weaken the grass.
The first couple of times you mow, keep your lawn mower set quite high. Then if you like a shorter cut, gradually reduce the height each time you mow.
It’s also a good idea to tidy up the edges of your lawn. If they need re-cutting, use a half-moon edging iron. For Once established, edges can be maintained by trimming with a pair of lawn edging shears. For a professional looking finish, you can install a permanent lawn edging.
2) Kill & Remove Moss
Moss and weeds are a common problem in spring and will completely ruin the look of your lawn. Apply a dose of moss killer like Iron Sulphate and watch as the moss dies and turns black over the best week.
Once all the moss hast turned black, rake it out. You can use a springbok rake but a powered lawn rake will make the job much easier.
3) Kill Any Weeds
Weeds can be a real problem in spring. If your lawn is full of weeds, apply a weed killer to the whole area. Make sure it’s a ‘selective’ weed killer which is safe to spray on lawns, otherwise you’ll kill the grass too. Use a spot spray weed killer if you only have one or two weeds.
4) Aerate to Relieve Soil Compaction
Spring is the perfect time to aerate your lawn, either by spiking with a garden fork or hollow tining with a dedicated tool. This improves drainage and also allows air and nutrients to penetrate the soil. If the soil in your lawn is in fairly good condition, spiking with a fork or aerator sandals will be perfect.
However, if the soil is compacted, aerate with a hollow tiner. This will remove cores of turf from the sward and create hundreds of holes.
This will give the soil particles in your lawn room to ‘relax’ into, improving drainage and the penetration of oxygen and nutrients.
5) Overseed to Fill in Any Bare Patches
The removal of moss can leave your lawn looking quite sparse as the grass will have thinned out. If the problem was particularly bad you could have bald patches where there is no grass at all.
In order to fill those patches in you’ll need to overseed your lawn with new grass seed. As the new grass germinates you’ll see you lawn become thicker and denser. By the time summer arrives, your lawn will have fully recovered.
6) Apply a Spring Lawn Feed
After a long winter, your lawn can come into the spring lacking in nutrients. It’s important to replace them in order to support new growth and healthy root development. After applying a spring feed you’ll see growth quicken and the grass grow greener.
We hope this article has helped you with tips on sprucing up your lawn. For more advice, visit our helpful lawn care hub – full of additional maintenance tips & gardening guides.
Having loved spending time in the garden with his grandad as a child, Ben Doyle was always destined to be a gardener.
Having left university with degrees in horticulture and sports turf science, he developed a loved for lawn care and shares his knowledge on his personal blog, GardenSeeker.com
Love that you mentioned aeration- it is such an underrated tip! It is a great way to allow water, air, and nutrients to seep into the soil. I do it every spring.
Thank you for the tips on proper lawn mowing. Ensuring that I only take off 1/3 or less of the grass leaf is very helpful. Often times I would let the grass get too long before mowing and the grass wouldn’t keep that nice green color. Thank you!
I’m glad you found this blog useful
All the best
I’ve had the same issues with my own lawn care. When I allow the grass to grow too long before cutting once more, and then it looks dingy and yellow is the worst. This is a great reminder for me to get on a schedule, so I can ensure that doesn’t happen again!
Thanks so much for your detailed lawn care tips on aerating! I used to get confused about what method/tools I should use to aerate different lawn types. I always used to use a hollow tiner however, as you said if the lawn is in decent condition I will now be using a fork or aerator sandals. Thanks so much!
You haven’t mentioned whether any of the lawn treatments are dangerous for dogs and cats!
All treatments that contain chemicals will have instructions for use on them, including safety guidance. It’s essential to check the detail of the individual product that you are using, especially if you have pets and children using your garden.
All the best