Grass starts growing when the ground starts to warm up, hence spring bringing green grass back to life! Here's how to get the best out of your lawn this spring.
When it comes to cutting your lawn for spring, there are a few things you can do to ensure a healthy and vibrant lawn. Firstly, it's important to clean up; the less debris on the lawn the healthier it will be. Having a clear lawn will also make it easier for the lawnmower to glide across and cut the grass. Similarly, whilst clearing the lawn itself, remove anything that is shading the grass. Cut back on any overhanging branches or shrubs so that your lawn isn't patchy or lacking in areas.
Bonus tip: don't remove moss from your lawn without killing it first.
It's important to wait until the grass is dry before mowing. Wet grass can clog your mower and create an uneven cut, which can damage the grass blades. Additionally, you should aim to mow your lawn at a height of around 1-2 inches, according to experts at Green Thumb. Cutting the grass too short can stress the grass and make it more susceptible to pests and disease.
Bonus tip: rule of thirds - never cut more than a third of the blade of grass in one go.
Another tip for cutting your lawn for spring is to make sure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades can tear the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, which can also make your lawn more vulnerable to disease. If your blades are dull, it's a good idea to get them sharpened or replaced before you start mowing. Finally, don't forget to collect the clippings after you've finished mowing. Leaving them on the lawn can create a thatch layer, which can prevent air, water, and nutrients from reaching the grass roots.
In addition to mowing, there are a few other things you can do to keep your lawn healthy in the spring. Fertilising your lawn with a balanced fertiliser can provide the nutrients your grass needs to grow strong and healthy. You should also consider aerating your lawn if it's compacted, as this can help improve the soil structure and promote healthy root growth. And of course, don't forget to water your lawn regularly, especially during dry spells.
With these tips, you can ensure that your lawn is healthy, vibrant, and looking its best throughout the spring and summer months.