First Mow of the year use sharpened mower blades to ensure a clean cut and ideally mow no more than a third of the total length of the grass. If your lawn is highly acidic raise the PH balance in the soil to ensure the grass has the ideal conditions to grow, this will help reduce the amount of weeds in your lawn throughout the year too.
If your lawn has large amounts of moss and/or thatch kill the moss prior to lawn scarification to ensure moss spores don’t spread further. Scarify the lawn with a hand rake or specialist lawn scarifier with sharp blades to ensure moss is removed, this will allow the grass in your lawn to flourish in Spring and look healthier and greener. If your lawn has developed any lawn disease such as fusarium patch or red thread over the winter apply a curative fungicide. Should your lawn require lawn renovation apply a quality grass seed mixture and topdressing prior to rainfall. If your lawn is suffering from compaction aerate your lawn with a fork or specialist mechanical lawn aerator to improve drainage.This will allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil which will promote a deeper and stronger grass root structure. (Aeration is beneficial all year round except times when turf is hard following a heavy frost or drought.
To assist healthier growth and appearance apply a slow release fertiliser with the correct balance of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium for the Spring. If weeds are a problem apply a selective herbicide to eradicate unwanted weeds in your lawn. Mow the lawn at least once a week at times of intense growth.
If required apply a summer grass fertiliser to further enhance the health and appearance of the lawn and apply a selective herbicide in a safe manner away from any water sources. Avoid mowing too short when very hot (ideally no shorter than 5 centimetres) If your lawn is suffering from the effects of leather jacket or chafer grub larvae apply a effective treatment.
Mow the lawn less frequently when the weather is dry and where required apply a drought safe fertiliser or Hydration treatment to promote a greener grass sward while ensuring the lawn doesn’t burn out in dry weather.
If required apply a selective fast acting herbicide to kill any unwanted weeds, if your lawn is showing the signs of dry patch apply a preventative a curative treatment.
If turf is very compacted but soil is moist aerate the lawn. Apply an Autumn Moss and Weed Control treatment. If lawn is full of moss or thatch scarify lawn and apply a fungicide should the lawn show signs of lawn disease.
Remove any debris and leaves off your lawn to ensure grass doesn’t develop any lawn diseases or is starved of nutrients and where appropriate apply a Winter moss control.