A spring lawn maintenance programme is essential in order to encourage a lawn to develop healthily and maintain it’s lush green appearance. Lovely green grass doesn’t come naturally – a lawn must be fed, watered, aerated and scarified regularly to achieve this. In this particular article we’ll help with feeding a lawn in the spring.
How do you feed a lawn?
The application of a fertiliser on your lawn in the spring, summer and autumn months will provide essential nutrients that your lawn needs in order to grow healthy, green, and lush. It’s always important to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the box when fertilising a lawn as the amount to apply will vary according to the brand.
To apply fertiliser, first mark out sections of the lawn in squares of one metre using string and pegs. This will help you to apply the correct amount of fertiliser in each square. Wearing suitable gloves, sprinkle the fertiliser evenly in each square until the whole lawn has been covered. Lawn fertiliser reacts with water, so if it hasn’t rained within a couple of days of applying the fertiliser, water the lawn well using a sprinkler. Try not to walk on the lawn until the fertiliser has dissolved into the turf, and don’t mow the lawn for at least three days after you’ve applied the fertiliser as it may end up being sucked up by the mower.
In spring, a spring fertiliser should be applied only – don’t be tempted to apply left over fertiliser from last autumn as this could damage your lawn. Autumn feed is designed to slow down growth and thicken up the grass blades, which will help protect the grass through the winter months. A springtime fertiliser is designed to promote vigorous growth, which is what’s needed at this time of year.
Tip: A lawn feed is best applied when the soil is moist.