What is the secret to a beautiful-looking, lush, green lawn?– preparation
and maintenance... Act now for a perfect lawn.
It's time to start taking care
of your lawncare
tasks for the Spring months and enjoy a healthy and beautifully
lush green garden.
is the time of the year to start mowing your lawn to get and
keep it in good condition. When cutting the grass make sure that
you take off little and often. Be sure to set the blades on your
lawn mower high so not to remove too much grass for the first
few cuts. By doing this your grass will stay greener and healthier.
During the spring months be sure to collect all the grass cuttings/clippings
to allow for water, air and any fertilisers to get to the roots
of the grass.
In the Springtime it is best to remove
the clippings of cut grass to allow the water to evaporate and
also to help avoid weeds and moss from establishing.
April - Continue cutting grass
through April with the blade at the highest setting on your lawn
mower. Try not to let your grass grow long and then cut it short
as this will turn your grass yellow and weaken the grass. If you
have been mowing your lawn since March, and
the end of April is approaching, you can now start lowering the
blades on your lawn mower.
- Weeds –
- Common weeds to look for are plantain,
mother of thousands, dandelions and self-heal. If your yard/garden
does not have many weeds, purchase a spot–treatment weed
killer so that you have minimal damage to your grass.
- Moss -
in grass is caused by several things. Weak grass, grass cut
to low, compacted soil and poor drainage are a few of the causes
of moss growth. April is the month to treat any moss in your
are moss killing products on the market to help get rid of
moss but the moss will come back as this does not cure the
cause of the moss problem.
- Weed and Moss Solution - In order to stop
weeds and moss from coming back again and again you need to tackle
these problem areas. Use a garden fork to prod all over the
garden throughout the year or once
a year or rent/hire a machine to spike all over the
lawn and then you must rake out the clumps of dead moss and
grass that has been loosened. Your grass will become healthier
and it will then be much harder for weeds and moss to become
establised in these areas of lawn.
- Fertilise/Feed Lawn – If your lawn
is established you can start applying a fertilizer. Applying
lawn fertiliser can be a pain staking job if your yard/garden
is large. Make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands from
the fertilizer and that you measure out the fertilizer according
to the measuring instructions given. One way to fertilize
is to mark out a small area with string and sticks and use the
correct measured amount of fertilizer for that area. Another
method is to use a fertilizer spreader to cover larger areas.
There are several on the market or you may prefer to rent/hire
one to do the job.
May – Start
mowing your lawn once a week now that we are in the month of
May. With each mow you will want to lower the blades on your lawn
mower a bit, but not all the way down to the lowest setting as
this will cause your grass to turn yellow and cause bare patches,
which in turn will allow weeds and moss to establish.
- Fertilize/Feed Lawn –If you haven’t
feed/fertilized your lawn up till now, you will want to do so
this month. Your garden/lawn should now be established and ready
for a feed.
- Tip – Try
not to over fertilize your garden/lawn as this is not good
for the environment, not to mention that it is also wasteful.
Adding extra fertilizer does not speed up the process of a
healthy looking lawn as the grass will only take up the amount
needed and the rest ends up in our water table, into streams
and rivers and contributes to our pollution.