At this time of year, the lawn is actively growing and requires feeding, moss-killing, weeding and regular mowing. Spring is also a suitable time to over-seed sparse areas.
All lawns need feeding in order to maintain vigour. When feeding, look out for signs of pest or disease and apply moss killer if required. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn and may avoid the need for renovation later on.
Over winter, the lawn does not grow much, but once the weather warms up in early spring, you can start mowing, and this is also a good time to over-seed any areas damaged over winter.
This is the most obvious (and one of the most important) maintenance task over spring and summer. Mowing regularly keeps the lawn in good health.
Moss is a problem in damp, poorly drained lawns. Spring is a good time to remedy moss problems.
In mid-spring (often late March to April), use a proprietary spring or summer lawn fertiliser at the manufacturer’s recommended rates. Feeding the lawn will increase vigour and help prevent weeds and moss from establishing. Apply fertilisers when the soil is moist, or when rain is expected.
Even if lawns turn brown and dry over summer, they usually recover well when rains return. Watering is usually not necessary over summer.
If you do have to water the lawn and maintain a green sward, water when the soil becomes dry, but before the grass turns yellow or brown. If the ground is very hard, aerate it by spiking with a garden fork before watering, to aid water penetration. Watering once a week to every 10 days is normally sufficient. Ensure that the water reaches a depth of 10cm after each watering. In the middle of summer 1 sq. m (1 sq. yd) needs about 20-litres (5 gallons) every seven days.