Bring your lawn back to life for spring
Over winter, it’s easy to neglect your lawn, so it might be looking a bit sad. Here are 5 easy steps to bring it back to life.
Pull those weeds
Start by getting rid of any weeds that have moved in over winter. Pull them out by hand and make sure you get the roots as well. Bindi weed should be attacked now, unless you want to use your feet to double as a pin cushion!
Over time, soil can get compacted (particularly in high traffic areas) making it difficult to retain moisture and nutrients. To loosen things up, use a garden fork to make holes in your lawn or an aerator tool.
Fix any bare patches
Remove any dead grass to expose the soil. Use grass seed for any small areas, but if there’s a large area to repair, roll on turf would be the best solution.
Top dressing will give your lawn a burst of fresh nutrients and help to even it out. First, mow your lawn – not too much as you are just trying to even out the length of the grass. Next, lay a high-quality top dressing mix over the lawn and level it with a rake. The tips of the grass should still be exposed.
Feed your lawn
After a long winter, your lawn will need a good feed. Sprinkle a slow-release fertiliser evenly over the lawn and water in. This will feed for lawn for 8-10 weeks. For a quick burst of growth, you could use a liquid fertiliser.
Also remember to check your reticulation system as sections may have become blocked or damaged over the winter months.