As we move out of the winter months and welcome warmer weather, we inevitably find ourselves spending more time inside your home and more time outside; after all, there’s nothing better than sitting on your patio, soaking up the sun and enjoying a braai while the kids play on the grass.
The only problem is, is that winter can often do a number on our grass, leaving our lawns looking brown, dehydrated and patchy – definitely not the kind of grass you, or the kids, want to play on. So, if your lawns suffered a from the cold this winter and you’re in need of a lawn makeover, here are some handy tips to revive your grass and have it looking amazing in time for summer.
Clean your garden
By cleaning up your garden, removing dead plants, leaves and weeds you’ll be able to get a better idea of the state your garden in general. Once your garden is clear you’ll be able to see if there are any patches where the grass has died, and you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be tended.
Aerate the soil
Winter means frost and frost can do serious damage to your grass and to the ground beneath it. In order to help reintroduce nutrients into the hard, dry winter ground, you’ll need to consider aerating the soil. Aerating the soil can be done by poking holes into your lawn’s topsoil.
Re-seed/re-lawn patchy area
Winter can do a number on your grass, with frost often killing off certain areas, leaving your lawn looking patchy. In order to get your lawn looking even for the summer months you’ll need to fix these patches and encourage new grass to grow. You can fix the patches by buying and planting grass seeds in the areas where grass died and then waiting for them to grow; or, if you’d prefer not to wait for new grass to grow, you can buy pre-grown grass to put in the areas where the grass had died.
Fertilise and water
Now that you’ve aerated the soil and filled in the patches, you’ll need to give your grass, especially the grass that survived winter, some nutrients. By putting fertiliser or manure on your lawn, you’ll be giving your grass the much-needed nutrients to revive and to thrive. This will encourage growth and help get your grass looking healthy and green. You’ll then need to water your grass to help it absorb the nutrients from the fertiliser and get moisture to the roots after the dry winter months. The best time to water your grass is in the morning, so as to avoid any evaporation of moisture by the sun. Take care not to over-water your grass as too much water can be just as bad for it as too little.
Now that you’ve revived your grass, it’s important to remember to maintain it. Maintaining your grass is the best way to ensure that it stays green and lush throughout the summer, and even into the winter. Remember to continue watering the grass in the morning, at least 2-3 times a week, to ensure that the soil stays moist and the roots get enough water. Mow your lawn regularly to encourage even growth. It is best not to over-fertilise your grass as this could encourage weeds to flourish.
Everyone knows that having a good lawn can make or break a home and with these handy grass revival tips at your disposal, you’ll have your damaged winter grass looking lush and green again in no time!
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