Winter can be a difficult time for your lawn, it may need extra attention after a long cold and wet winter. Follow these tips to wake your lawn for coming into spring.
Look out for bare spots!
It's common for bare spots to appear after a long winter, look out for the bare areas in your lawn that have thinned out. Give these spots an extra feed and perhaps consider overseeding. To give these bare spots the boost they need, we recommend applying either a quick release or slow release fertiliser. Both will provide nutrients your lawn needs to bring it back to life, you can apply these before or after seeding.
Watch out for weeds!
Over the winter some unwanted weeds may have appeared in your lawn. If this has happened in a small patch of your lawn, there are two options to remove these unwanted weeds. You can dig these out manually or you can apply a Feed, Weed and Mosskiller the unwelcome weeds in your lawn.
Remove debris and aerate
Winter gardens across the UK might be covered in debris from branches and leaves. Make sure your lawn is clear from any debris as this impedes drainage and soil compaction which can lead to unwanted bare patches. If your lawn is waterlogged, you can aerate and this will help drainage and increase the oxygen and mineral level in your soil. There are two different methods of aerating, spiking and pricking, spiking involves creating holes using garden fork, this is great for small areas. When using the aeration technique of pricking, simply roll the aerating tool along and each sturdy spike will puncture a deep hole to help your lawn breathe. To aerate follow our guide on how and why you should aerate.
Seed and repair
Overseeding will repair damaged areas giving you luscious green grass and ultimately bring your lawn back to life.
Follow the steps below to overseed your lawn;
● Remove any dead grass, weeds or moss by scarifying / raking the area
● Rake the area enough so that the soil is loose and not compact
● Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 35g per m2, by using a seed spreader or your hand
● Rake the seed in after sowing so that the seed is in amongst the soil
● Firm down by foot or by using a roller to improve seed to soil contact
● Water the just-sown seed well
If your lawn has emerged from our winter weather relatively unscathed and only has a few patches to repair, you can find out how best to do this using our patch repair guide.
If you're unsure of what grass seed you need, we have a handy guide that can help you choose the mix that is right for you. If you'd like to confirm your choice with us, you can always contact us at [email protected]