Spring Lawn Care Tips - Late February to May

spring lawn care tips headerFrom late February we should start to see milder weather so some of the perennial weeds will start to show signs of life. Weeds will always start to grow at slightly colder temperatures than grasses. This is also the time of year when the damp conditions are still encouraging lawn moss. Worm casts can also be a problem in spring, they can stifle grasses and cause unsightly lumps in your lawn and they are also ideal spots for weeds to grow. Large populations of worms in your lawn can also encourage moles. It is important to note that prevention is always better than a cure and so finding the causes of these problems and correcting them is always the best practice.

Grass Cutting Height – Grasses usually start to show signs of growth in march but dont be tempted to cut the lawn too short. Just topping the grass this month is sufficient or severe yellowing of the grasses may occur and always choose a day when the grass is dry.
It is also a good time to get your mower blades sharpened as smashing through the the grass instead of cleanly cutting it will cause yellowing of the grass tips.

April – You can now start to lower the blades but never cut any shorter that 1″ for a utility lawn.

Weeds – These lawn weeds can be controlled with a selective herbicide but this will always depend on the weather, weeds that aren’t growing cannot be killed.
Contact Lawn Therapy and we can help advise and deal with this problem.

Lawn Moss – Lawn moss can be caused my many factors and minimising the conditions that moss likes to thrive in will help reduce the moss in your lawn.
Cutting back trees and shrubs to help light and air get you your grass will help dry out the surface of your lawn and thus help reduce moss.Waterlogged lawns have poor drainage, this can also cause moss, aerating your lawn will help increase surface drainage and will also encourage grass roots to grow deeper.
Top dressing your lawn in spring can also help increase surface drainage, thus minimising the conditions that moss like to thrive in, this will also help increase the fertility of the soil.
Scalping your lawn in the summer and autumn can also encourage moss to grow.
Underfeeding your lawn can also be a cause.
Removing the causes of lawn moss will result in the slow disappearance of the problem and the prevention of its return.
To speed up this process Lawn Therapy can apply a moss treatment to your lawn and then after the moss has turned black 10-15 days later come back and scarify your lawn to remove the dead moss. Overseeding or lawn seeding should also take place now to thicken up bare batches of grass.

Worm casts – Worm casts are caused by top feeding worms, they come to the surface of your lawn to feed on grass clipping and debris, keeping your lawn free of leaves, debris and grass clippings will minimise the damage they will do. Increasing the surface drainage by lawn aerating will also help reduce worm casts.
In extreme circumstances top feeding worms can be controlled by applying a pesticide, Lawn Therapy can help by applying this for you.
Please contact us for details.

Moles – Moles feed on top feeding worms so reducing the worms helps reduce the moles, see above.

Lawn Therapy’s service is quick, affordable and highly effective. Call us today and you can also take advantage of our free Lawn Care Survey (or visit our contact us page). Lawn Therapy also offer additional lawn care services which your lawn may benefit from.  These include scarification, aeration, overseeding, top dressing, Lawn Re-Turfing, garden pest control, grass disease control and Moss Control.