If you haven’t already started mowing your lawn, now is the perfect time to start.
Always set your mower to a high setting to avoid talking off too much growth. Later in the year you can get away with cutting lower, but as the growth Is new you don’t want to take more than a third of the blades off.
Only mow lawns on dry days, ideally once the sun has evaporated any damp off the grass. Mowing a wet lawn will stress you, the mower and the grass out and can lead to clumps of grass blocking the mower and shading parts of the lawn out.
As mentioned before, as long as your lawn isn’t damp, the blades of grass cut will fall freely on the lawn. Grass cuttings will quickly biodegrade and release nutrients to the lawn (as long as they aren’t in clumps!). you can gently rake your lawn clipping over your lawn to ensure a decent spread.
Sometimes you may not want to have grass cuttings all over your lawn. You may want to show off your lawn for an event or simply don’t want to look at the mulch of grass. Many mowers will have a feature to collect grass cuttings while they mow. This makes for brilliant compost, but take caution if you have recently used any weed or moss killer products.
Just as the grass is springing into new growth, so are weeds and moss! Now is the time to stock up on fertilisers and lawn-specific weed & moss killers (some products are all three). The easiest way to apply a lawn fertiliser is using a lawn spreader. Aim to water the lawn a few days prior to applying fertiliser or choose to apply the treatment after a rainy day. Follow instructions on the product in question and familiarise yourself with how the spreader works (most models will have different settings for spread). The best time to seed a lawn is arguably late summer to mid autumn when the weeds are not quite as competitive, but you can seed lawns and seed patches around about now as long as you stop them from drying out.
ALWAYS keep new lawns watered in hotter weather!
Weeding is a never-ending job but frequent weeding helps. Adding mulch around trees, shrubs and perennials will help supress weeds and maintain moist soil. It’s important to keep up with weeding and mulching around fruit bushes, especially those with shallow roots (blueberries). Depending on whether you choose to use organic matter or not, it is worthwhile using a general fertiliser like growmore.
For newly planted trees, roses and shrubs it is important to encourage strong root systems. Products that contain mycorrhizal fungi will help establish a colony of beneficial fungi that act as a ‘second’ root system, giving a successful foothold for new specimens.
Always use aquatic compost or you will suffer algae and clarity issues!
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