Spring is in the air! Daffodils and Snow Drops have been popping up. We are getting quite optimistic and looking forward to brighter days ahead.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves we still have to deal with issues that the wet winter weather has given us. This winter has officially been recorded as the wettest winter on record. As a result, a lot of lawns are having a real issue with water logged, sodden ground. They really are looking wet and sorry for themselves.
The most important part of your lawn isn’t the grass. It’s the soil and the grass roots that are underneath. It’s the foundation of all plant health and plays an important role to make your lawn nutrient rich. Soils become waterlogged when water builds up and is unable to drain away. Short-lived flash floods after a downpour seldom harm most plants. It is prolonged saturated soil that causes the most damage. A healthy soil will have billions of soil micro-organisims and will contain thousands of different species of bacteria, which are essential for the life giving properties of soil and for the development and growth of your grass roots. Soil micro-organisms naturally break down thatch in lawns, which is a great problem with a waterlogged lawn. Micro-organisms need to breathe, if the air pockets are closed with the weight of excess water, the soil will become compacted and restrict root growth. For your lawn to flourish it should have a healthy grass root zone of 8 – 12 inches deep.
What can you do to improve your lawn’s soil condition?
A soil conditioner is a great treatment which increases the volume of bacteria in your soil, resulting in significant growth of your lawn’s root mass. This will lead to a stronger and more resilient lawn. March and April are the months when we apply soil conditioner to our customers’ lawns. We are already taking bookings for soil conditioner treatments. To make sure you don’t miss out on this essential treatment contact us. For further information go to Lawn treatments and soil conditioners
Problem with Thatch?
A loose, intermingled layer of dead and living shoots, roots and stems that develop between the grass root zone and the soil surface. Thatch build up begins when turf produces organic debris faster that it can be broken down. A build-up of Thatch becomes an ideal home for Lawn pests such as grubs – Not good news!
What can you do if you have a build-up of Thatch?
One of the first things you can do for a lawn in the spring is to deal with Thatch. Thinning out Thatch in the spring will clear out old, dead grass and other organic matter that has built up over time. Scarification is the process of removing thatch from the surface of the lawn. Have a look here if you want to learn more information about Thatch removal and Lawn Scarification
Problem with Moss?
Dark, shady, damp and wet lawns are the perfect breeding grounds for Moss and once it has got into your lawn it can spread quite quickly. Moss can be a temporary problem, as a result of waterlogging or drought, or a more persistent problem which suggests something is not right with underlying conditions. For example if you have an established lawn it could be lacking in feed, sufficient aeration, poor drainage and shade. If you have a new lawn it could be down to poor site preparation.
What can you do if you have Moss?
The best way to deal with a lawn that has a problem with Moss is to first kill it off and then to remove the dead Moss by scarification. If you are applying Moss killers, it is best to do this in fine weather and then give the area a light watering after 48 hours if there has been no rain during that time….keep fingers crossed! Have a look at the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack if you are unsure what to do. Once the Moss has been removed you will need to replace that area on your lawn with a seed type that is best suited for your lawn. Spring is a good time to scarify and seed a Moss infected or damaged lawn. Read more about Moss here Moss in lawns
To cut or not to cut?
Before the nice weather sets in and you think about cutting your lawn, it is a good idea to check that your mower is in good working order. Hopefully you followed our 10 Great tips on how to prepare your lawn mower for storage over winter If your mower’s blade is not sharp, it will not cut your lawn cleanly, it will rip and tear the grass resulting in the grass becoming weaker, bruised and more acceptable to fungal issues later in the year. It won’t be long before your lawn starts to look patchy and discoloured. Good lawn mower maintenance is vital for a healthy, lush lawn.
We have even more useful tips on how to be prepared for your lawn’s first Spring cut. Have a look at our January blog Do right by your Lawn this Spring time – the first cut is not always the deepest
Don’t worry if you are still not sure how to get that lush green lawn you dream of. Just give us a call and we will help you with all your lawn care issues.