Posted 18th Apr 2018
Spring is well and truly blooming, with the winter chill (hopefully) being a thing of the past
Now, with the warmer weather here, it's time to give your lawn some much-deserved TLC. To help you get your garden in tip top condition, STIHL has produced some tips to get your lawn in shape.
Clear away the winter debris
It will be good practice to keep your lawn clear during the winter months, but if you have still got fallen leaves or debris, use a rake or leaf blower to remove them. This prevents the lawn from suffocating and will maximise the nutrients and lights getting through to the grass.
Repairing damaged areas
Regular snowfall will leave lawns in a damaged state and in need of repair. Once you have cleared away the winter debris, it will be easier to spot worn away or bare patches - however, before you think about reseeding, you should wait for the ground to dry, the weather to warm up and the grass to start growing again.
Take care with the first cut
If you haven't already done so, time your first cut carefully. Don't mow if the soil is wet or if there is frost on the ground, and make sure you're not too eager first time around - a trim is all you need. You should also have your mower on its highest setting so you're only topping it off.
Mow more often
Start cutting the grass fortnightly, and then, at least weekly or more often, if you want a better lawn, especially as the weather warms up, as the grass will start to grow faster. Lower the blades each time and, as a general rule, take no more than a third off the grass with each cut. You should make sure you don't cut the lawn too short, as this will weaken the grass - these bare patches will often result in moss and weeds taking root.
Treat weeds and moss
Dandelions, thistle and other lawn weeds will all start to grow quickly as the weather warms up. Treat them before they can take hold, as they will then start stealing nutrients and moisture from your lawn. You can either pull them out by hand or with a weed killer. Spring will be a good time to apply moss killer, so you can then rake out the dead moss.
Feed your lawn
It's important to fertilise in spring to help your lawn thrive. Apply the fertiliser when the soil will be moist, and if you really want a lush lawn, it will be a good idea to keep feeding your lawn during the summer months. Another option will be to fit a mulching kit to your mower, as this allows you to naturally fertilise while you mow, and to return fine grass cuttings to your lawn. After a few months, you'll quickly see the difference in your lawn, and there will also be the added bonus of not needing to dispose of your grass cuttings too.
Keep it up
Continue mowing regularly and removing weeds, and as we move into summer, your lawn will be in prime condition.