Moving into spring the grass starts growing again, and that's the time to start getting your lawn into shape for the summer.
If your lawn is looking a bit bare after the winter, overseeding will really help boost its appearance. This is a simple process:
- Rake or scarify the lawn to create some tilth (loose earth that the seed can establish in)
- Broadcast the seed
- Roll or tread the seed into the ground
- Mow 4-5 weeks after the seed has started to grow and when it is at least three inches tall
If your lawn is looking mossy or a bit thatched at its base then scarifying in late spring will really help healthy growth. This process removes excess or dead material and can be done using a rake, or a scarifying machine.
Over the winter irregular grass growth, frost movement and worm and mole activity can all take their toll on the flat surface of a lawn. If left with an irregular surface a lawn can become very difficult to mow. Rolling in spring can really help improve this and make your lawn easier to look after over the summer.
A dressing of lawn fertiliser in spring will help the lawn grow well throughout the coming season, especially if your aim is a classic striped lawn. If overseeding, do not add fertiliser until after the new grass has established as otherwise the existing grass will out-compete it.
Date Posted: 4th March 2011