Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 12:04pm
Attention to your lawn at this time of year will improve the appearance of your garden though out the whole summer. It is not just our homes that need a spring clean! Give your lawn a good going over to clear it from moss, weeds and encourage strong new growth.
Weeds: You can either prise out weeds individually with an old kitchen knife or ‘grubber’ if you are trying to avoid the use of chemicals or alternatively you can apply a combined chemical and cultural treatment in late spring. If weeds have become established in the lawn you may need to apply this on a few occasions.
Thatch: No, not the roof of an old cottage but the build up of dead grass and fragments of moss which lie in between the blades of grass, often unnoticed. Scarifying and raking are the best methods to remove this. Once it has been removed the lawn may look a little bare but it will soon bounce back as the air and water can circulate far easier now.
Moss Control: Moss tends to grow in gardens with poor drainage and compacted soil and shade. Lawn sand is recommended with a combined weed killer and fertiliser as this saves time. The moss will turn black within about five to 10 days and then brown which means it is now completely dead and can be raked or scarified out,
There are products on the market which are Weed, Feed and Moss killers which I have always used and they pretty much cover all of the above. You just apply them to the lawn just before some rain is due then sit back and wait! Within 7 days you will not believe the difference. We all like to make things simple these days and we are all so busy and when we do get time we want to sit back and relax on our garden furniture, enjoying our beautiful green lawn.