Time to get your lawn ready for spring

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  • After the ravages of a wet winter, we've got the advice for getting your lawn rich and bouncy for spring

    Your lawn requires regular attention, never more so than after a wet and dark winter. In all likelihood your bouncy and lush lawn of summer days is looking thoroughly sorry for itself right now – but fear not, with a little help from the advice of nursery owner Jo Riding, we’ll get your lawn on the road to recovery in no time.

    Removing debris, moss and dead ‘thatch’ from your lawn is the first job. For a smallish lawn use a spring tined rake and a bit of physical effort. For larger areas consider hiring a scarifyer with a motor, which will pull all the moss and dead stuff out of the lawn, allowing light and air to get in. The debris will still have to be raked up and removed

    Where lawns have become very compacted and are not draining well, use a lawn aerator; a very simple tool that has hollow prongs you push into the lawn like a fork. It will remove small plugs of soil which can then have lawn sand brushed into them. This will help the lawn to drain faster. This can also be done using a garden fork pushed into the lawn every 12 cm and wiggled around to break the soil and reduce the compaction.

    The lawn can then be given a feed and new seed added to any bare patches. A lawn patching mix can be bought for this.

    There are many lawn care products available. Some feed and control weeds and moss and others just feed the lawn.

    If you want to promote wildlife in your garden avoid using weed killers on the lawn and allow clovers, bugle, and tiny trefoils to populate the lawn, all of which give bees something to feed on.

    Top Tips:

    • Stay off your lawn until you can walk across it without leaving footprints/sinking
    • Remove debris from lawn
    • Use a lawn aerator to help lawns drain
    • Feed and seed bare patches of grass
    • Avoid weed killers if you want to attract wildlife to your garden

    Garden lover Jo Riding is the

    Managing Director & Co Owner of Lancashire based Daisy Clough Nurseries.

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