In spring , when long frosts are no longer to be expected, lawn care is an important topic for every garden owner. After the cold season, your lawn needs intensive care – the ideal time for scarifying, fertilizing and sowing.
After the winter, the lawns are often stressed and compacted by snow and permanent wetness, the lawn had hardly any air to breathe. Moss and matting settle in the green areas. Or gray-brown discolored areas appear – this can be snow mold . What should I do?
Demolish or scarify the soil
In a first step, mow your lawn and bring it to a uniform length. However, do not mow too short. If the lawn is still short due to the last mowing in autumn, that’s enough.
More importantly, the next step raking your garden from thoroughly . This removes moss, felt, dead, rotten or moldy stalks and the grass gets more air. This effectively supports the growth and re-greening of the lawn in spring.
Hobby gardeners often use manual or electric or petrol scarifiers. The sward is scored even deeper. When using a scarifier , be careful not to cut and injure the lawn too much. Some experts consider scarifying to be superfluous, since if used incorrectly, the lawn is also strained.
When to scarify?
The weather is a decisive factor. The scarifying should not be performed during prolonged drought, because the grass needs to scarifying have the opportunity to grow back quickly – and that moisture is necessary. Likewise, you should not start scarifying too early in the year. If it is still too cold, the lawn does not have the strength to regenerate and regrow quickly. The first somewhat warmer phase in spring is ideal.
Fertilize lawn in spring
Lawn care should be supported by fertilizing . Suitable time for lawn fertilization is twice a year – spring and autumn. Organic-mineral fertilizers can be found in almost every hardware store, the mixtures are often tailored to the season and there are special “spring fertilizers” on offer.
After winter, the lawn needs nutrients to regain its strength – preferably long-term mineral fertilizer, since this is now best absorbed by the weakened grass roots.
Fertilization can be started early in spring, as the first lawn care measure. This strengthening will give your lawn a boost to quick regeneration in the coming weeks.
By the way, too much moss in the lawn can also indicate a lack of nutrients – in this respect, fertilizing probably helps more than scarifying.
Spread the fertilizer evenly
When spreading the fertilizer, ensure regular distribution. A simple spreader provides valuable help here and can also be used for other lawn work, such as regular sowing. Do not fertilize your lawn too intensely, dose the amount, otherwise the lawn “burns” especially during the following dry period.
It is therefore important to ensure sufficient moisture even after fertilizing. Then do not mow too short so that the lawn can recover and grow well after the measures.
Sow the lawn
To support this, it makes sense to re-seed after lawn holes or brown spots after the winter. Fresh grass seed can easily close the gaps in your lawn after scarifying and fertilizing. Do not start sowing until the soil temperature is consistently mild – over eight degrees Celsius is recommended. Even after sowing, the areas that have been sown should be kept constantly moist, watered when dry and should not be walked on for a while so that the grass seeds germinate.
With the right lawn care, you will have a lush green, dense lawn by May at the latest. You can find tips on correct irrigation throughout the year.