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Spring Lawn Care - Preparing Your Lawn For Summer

Spring lawn guide

Winter is finally over, the weather is starting to warm up, and the days are becoming longer. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you can do to ensure your lawn achieves peak performance for summer.

Check pH Levels

ph testing

When soil pH is outside its ideal for lawns, certain nutrients in the soil become harder for the grass plants to extract. The lawn may start to go yellow with thinner growth and no matter how much fertiliser you apply it has no effect on the lawn. Read our detailed article on soil pH.

Aerate Your Lawn

A smaller area of lawn can be aerated manually with aerating sandals (sandals with spikes attached to the bottom that aerate the lawn as you walk) or a sturdy garden fork. Simply insert the fork into the lawn and punch holes into the turf. Aim for a spacing between the holes of around 8 - 10 cms. In order to achieve adequate aeration you may need to go over the area twice in a different direction each time. View our short video on treating compacted lawns.

Apply Fertiliser

fertilising your lawn

Spring is an important time to fertilise, as your lawn breaks the winter dormancy. Your fertiliser application will assist the lawn to jump into growth as the weather warms up. Keep in mind that all lawn fertilisers work differently, some require heaps of water when applied and give surge growth to your lawn, others are controlled release and require minimal water and work evenly over a longer period. Read our full guide on how to fertilise your lawn.

Remove Weeds

weed hand removal

It goes without saying that a healthy lawn is a weedless lawn. It is always easier to control weeds from the outset rather than try to remove them once they get out of hand. Read our guide on identifying and treating weeds.

Top Dressing

Spring is also a good time to correct uneven areas, also known as top dressing. This helps with reducing thatch, increases nutrient retention, improves drainage and increases disease and pest resistance. Learn how to top dress your lawn.