A good feed with a lawn fertiliser, not only makes the grass greener, but it makes it grow thicker and increases its strength, vigour and health so it is more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss and weather-related stresses.
In spring, the best results are achieved by using a granular feed that supplies a regular amount of nutrients over several weeks. When using a granular lawn feed it is important to apply it evenly over the whole lawn at the recommended rate. The easy way to do this is to use a lawn spreader. If you feed the lawn again in 6 week’s time it will remain strong and healthy all summer.
Treating weeds and moss
A strong, healthy and well-fed lawn will be able to deal with weeds and moss far better than one that isn’t fed and looked after properly.
But where weeds and moss are a problem you need to deal with them quickly. There are many treatments available that can be used from April, throughout spring and summer.
Dealing with bare patches
After winter, many lawns have bare areas that not only look unsightly, but are perfect places for weeds and moss to take hold. You can use a combination of grass seed and slow-release feed will cover bare patches.
Every year up to a quarter of the grass in the lawn can die, more after a cold, wet winter. Overseeding is sowing new grass seed into the existing lawn and this can rejuvenate the lawn and bring it back to life. Overseeding improves the lawn’s appearance and by increasing the density of the grass you will also reduce weed and moss invasion.
More hints and tips for better lawns
- Trim the edge of the lawn whenever you mow to keep crisp lines.
- Cut lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to ensure they look neat and well shaped.
- Use a rake to remove dead grass, thatch and other debris that will otherwise prevent healthy grass growth.
- On heavy clay soils, aerate the lawn in early spring with a garden fork or hollow-tined aerator to improve drainage and help reduce water-logging problems and so make the grass grow better.
- After aerating, add a top dressing to further improve drainage and ensure healthy grass growth.
- Water the grass if it desperately needs it. Water thoroughly so the roots are well watered. If you just wet the top you will encourage roots at the surface, which are much more vulnerable to drought damage.