Is your Lawn Now Ready for the Season ?
By “Ready” I mean aerated, and raked or scarified. If so, well done. The ground conditions have been awful this year, right through the mid-winter months. The succession of storms, and heavy rain has meant lots of waterlogging. These conditions are not good for GreenThumb, or indeed anyone trying to get any work done. Very few plants thrive on standing for weeks on end with their feet in cold water ! We have made very slow progress for months now, and have a substantial backlog of preparatory work to catch-up. Easter weekend is early his year too.
As a general rule, you should have the grass scarified and the winter moss dealt with before you start mowing or feeding. Once you get new young grass shoots up and running, a scarifier will no doubt do them some damage. We will probably have to postpone our spring feeding until all our aerating and scarification is done. This has been becoming more of a “norm” in the last 10 years as it seems to us on the ground every day, that autumn conditions are lasting late (up to Christmas), and winter is then running late and producing a late spring. Last year there was almost no spring at all !
Wet ground conditions going into this season means even worse moss than usual this spring. There’s not much time left therefore for raking and scarifying before the grass wants to get going. It also probably means we will all need to aerate the ground, to help with waterlogging, and the inevitable compaction of heavy ground. Spring – bring it on!
For more information about seasonal lawn improvements from just £11.25 per mth, plus useful downloads and photos, go to http://www.greenthumb.co.uk. Although GreenThumb is a national franchise with over 200 branches across the UK, we are locally based in Nairnshire and cover the whole Moray Firth area.