With all of the excitement of Spring cleaning, we almost forgot about the first thing people see when they visit your home – the outside. Winter understandably takes a toll on our lawns and gardens, but we’ve got you covered with our top 10 spring lawn care tips that’ll make keeping up appearances a total breeze.
1. Sow and Fertilise
You’ll want to get your lawn seeds spreading now to make up for those unsightly patches that the frost got to. A little bit of fertiliser goes a long way, too. While no one wants long, fast growing grass, fertiliser helps it maintain its nutrients, look fuller and achieve that lush green colour. Putting some fertiliser in your garden bed is also a great way to get a head start on those bulbs you may have forgotten about.
2. Rake, and Rake Some More
Dead grass, dead plants, dead leaves. All look a bit ghastly in the yard, don’t they? Best to get out and rake that lawn! You’ll also allow more sun light onto your grass so it can grow evenly and suffocate the weeds.
3. Mow, and Watch the Length
Mowing close to the dirt not only looks a bit dreary, but it actually allows for weeds to make their way through the grass and that’s how you end up with a permanently chunky and patchy lawn. Two inches is the perfect height for grass, making it tidy and not long enough for warm weather predators (i.e snakes) to hide in, and also suffocates the roots of dandelions, twitch grass and other annoying lawn weeds.
The aerator is a commonly overlooked garden tool, aeration is the best medicine for a sad looking lawn. You know, one of those rolling handheld devices with the spikes. It makes room for the sun, allows for drainage and lets air into those all-important grass roots. Good aeration will result in pristine green in no time.
5. Lime Time
Adding some lime from the hardware store to your lawn will raise the PH levels. The grass can withstand it and will actually thrive, but other annoying weeds will wither and die. Simply sprinkle, rake and move on. This is an environmentally friendly method that over time will permanently improve your soil quality.
6. Don’t Overwater
Grass is generally fine with little to no water. A light sprinkler of an early morning for about 15 minutes is more than enough to keep your grass greener on this side. Too much water can encourage weeds and result in sinking of the soil – a sure fire way to get an uneven lawn.
7. Fill Holes with Top Soil
A little bit of topsoil in gaps will easily fill in any ankle-twisting holes. Sprinkle some lawn seed over the top and voila, steady, even ground.
8. Edge Away
Don’t forget to remove weeds and grass from pavement cracks, the curb and anywhere else it doesn’t belong. Regularly removing before it gets too out of control is the best way to get on top of the dreaded twitch grass before it takes over and strangles everything you love.
9. Slow Release
Lawns are a lifetime job – they’re always there. Reduce the workload by using only slow release fertilizers, timed sprinklers and getting on top of weeds once every two to three weeks.
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