As spring breaks, the snow melts and the garden comes alive, the state of your lawn at this point is a critical factor in the appearance of the whole garden. Bring your lawn back to life slowly and realize its full potential. With just a little time and effort, raking, aeration (if required) a top dressing and over-seeding, in terms of lawn quality, grass health and the overall look of the garden, you’re on your way to a more luscious, greener summer lawn.
Cutting your Lawn
As the weather warms up during the spring months, the grass will start to grow. Don’t be tempted to cut it if the soil is extremely wet and soft or if there is a threat of a frost or snow. Start the season off with trimming your grass (adjust your mower to a higher level, trim off the top third of growth Allow the lawn to recover for a few days and then cut again with the blades on a lower setting. During this time of the year your lawn may only require cutting once or twice every two weeks.
Feeding and Conditioning
After a harsh winter your lawn may be overrun with moss and weeds that compete with the grass for vital nutrients and soil moisture. Compacted lawns can be aerated in spring if the soil is moist. You will know if your lawn is compacted because it will be rock hard, slow to drain after a rainfall and may also show heavy foot traffic patterns. Paths across the lawn are often quick to compact. Opening up the top structure of the soil improves the drainage around the grass roots and encourages healthy growth. By adding Root ConditionerandHumikafter you remove all the aerated plugs and prior to filling these openings with top dressing will enhance your lawns look and feel. Top dressing usually contains a mixture of 50% sand, 25% peat, 25% soil (or other regional blends including compost) and some form of fertilizer Amaizeingly Green’s 8-1-3 Turf Fertilizer with Potash, which together will add the right ingredients to kick start your soil for superior grass growth.
Small patches of weeds can be dealt with effectively in the Spring by removing them by hand. An application of our Amaizeingly Green Weed N’ Feed 10-0-0in early spring will assist in diminishing and controlling all common broad leaved weeds and Dandelions, and, will not damage the rest of the lawn, yet, feed it for up to 6 weeks. Our Amaizeingly Green Weed N’ Feed 10-0-0is formulated to inhibit weed seed germination – therefore it is very import not to over-seed your lawn for up to 5 - 6 weeks There are several unique tools available to assist in the complete removal of unwanted weeds. It is important to remove the entire root as many weeds can quickly re-grow from the smallest piece of root left in the soil. Fill in the remaining hole with a good blend of top dressing, tapping it firmly in place.
General Lawn Repairs
Most lawns will suffer from bare patches and thinning areas from time to time. The easiest way to treat these areas is to over seed with a mix containing grass seed, feed Lawn Food 22-1-3,Lawn Food 3-1-5orand soil for better results. With new technologies available today many different types of plain and or coated seeds give improved germination and quicker seed establishment. Special seed varieties are selected to give tolerance to heat stress, heavy traffic, shade or direct sunlight, so request the seed which matches your requirements carefully. Spring and early Fall are the best time to over seed. Simply loosen the soil surface, remove any unwanted weeds, moss or debris from the area. Add a small amount of top soil if necessary and scatter the grass seed according to the application rate. Once you have scattered the seed mixture water the area gently to avoid the seeds being washed away and keep moist until the seeds have germinated. Take care not to cut this area until the new grass has taken hold, waiting until the grass reaches a height of 1 ¼ inches.
Spring is the perfect time to sow new lawns from seed. If the weather is cold, delay sowing the new lawn from seed and repairing bare patches until late April or early May (dependent upon your geographical area). There are many internet sites, professionals and garden centers available to guide you step by step and offer the advice required for your geographical location, soil and sun conditions. Do not use “Amaizeingly Green Weed and Feed on freshly seeded lawns – wait up to 6 weeks prior due to the pre-emergent properties of the product (seeds may not germinate). You may consider apply our Humik and Fish Meal to your topsoil blend. These products will act as soil amendments and slow release feed enhancing your soils structure, microbial activity and improve the nutrient retention and absorption by your new seeds.
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