This is one of the hardest seasons to get watering right as the soil and night temperatures may still be cool meaning the lawn isn’t losing water. However, if spring is warm, dry and or windy, it may need supplementary watering. To test for soil moisture, put your finger through the lawn thatch into the soil below to see if it’s moist or dry. If it’s moist, hold off watering and check again the next day. If it’s dry, then water deeply and for long enough to wet the soil to the root level of the lawn.
Where water runs off the lawn or pools on top, the soil may be water repellent. Adding a soil wetter such as Seasol Super Soil Wetter & Conditioner allows the soil to absorb water. As day and soil temperatures get warmer, check soil moisture levels more frequently and water accordingly. Spring is also the perfect time to check irrigation systems to ensure they are working correctly and getting water to where it’s needed.
Spring is the critical season to feed most lawns as they wake from winter dormancy and respond to warmer temperatures. If you only feed your lawn once a year, do it in spring. Following our spring lawn tips before feeding can help to improve lawns and get them ready to take up the nutrients provided by fertilisers and put on healthy, lush, green growth. Apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser such as PowerFeed LawnFeed or PowerFeed Buffalo LawnFeed for Buffalo lawns. It is specifically formulated to revitalise soil health, boost lawn growth and prepare it for the stresses of summer. Apply once per season and remember to water it in thoroughly after application.
Supplement this feeding with liquid Seasol for Lush Green Lawns or Seasol for Buffalo Lawns, every month during the growing season. These fast-acting fertilisers and soil improvers get to work quickly to improve soil and lawn health. Plus, as they contain a wetting agent, they ensure water easily gets to the lawn’s root system.
If the lawn mower has been in the shed over winter, now is the time to do some lawn mower maintenance to get it ready for its spring workout. Check if the blades need changing or sharpening. For a thorough check-up, take it to the local lawn mower specialist in your area.
As lawn growth is still slow, it is important to mow higher and less frequently to prevent damage that can result in scalping and browning. If you have had the catcher on over winter, now is a great time to remove it and allow the grass clippings to breakdown and return nutrients to the soil. Let the grass grow longer and mow every two to three weeks over early spring. As the lawn growth starts to take off, consider shortening the time between mowing.
In early spring do not cut the grass any lower than around 2.5cm or so depending on the variety. As the weather warms up slowly lower the mower blades to shorten the length of the cut grass but if the lawn is heat or water stressed allow it to stay longer. As the lawn slowly starts to take off, give it a boost with Seasol for Lush Green Lawns or Seasol for Buffalo Lawns. These fast acting liquids go to work immediately to help you cultivate the best lawn in the street.