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, we
recommend two fertiliser options slow release or quick release fertiliser both
will provide nutrients your lawn needs bringing it back to life, you can apply
these before or after seeding. Which fertiliser is best to use:
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 moss to kill the unwelcome weeds in your lawn.
Remove debris and aerate
After blustery 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 lead to unwanted bare patches, but they’re easily preventable. If your lawn is waterlogged, you can aerate this will help drainage and increase the oxygen and mineral level of 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
Reseeding will repair damaged areas giving you luscious green grass and ultimately bring your lawn back to life. Before seeding and repairing your lawn follow steps two and three to make sure the seed germinates, seed germination relies on warm soil temperature around 8-10 degree.
See our lawn reseeding checklist:
- Remove any dead grass, weeds or moss by
scarifying / raking the area
- Rake the area enough so that the soil is loose
- Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 35g per
m2 (50g for a new lawn), using a seed spreader or by 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
Here at The Grass People we have
a range of grass seeds to choose from, we recently wrote a guide on What
seed do I need? If you're still unsure of what mix to go for, you can
always contact us.