Spring treatment of lawns

Get your lawn off to a great start this Spring – start with treating it right!

What you need to do:

1. Scarify the lawn.
Cut the lawn as low as possible with a lawnmower – this is called scarifying. There are scarifying machines available for hire but a lawnmower on the lowest cutting setting will do the job. Cut the lawn almost to the roots (except in subtropical areas and for grasses like Kukuyu as this may kill the lawn). If you don’t use a grass box on your lawnmower, the bits of grass left on the lawn will eventually compact and become thatch. Scarifying will help get rid of thatch build up.

2. Use a garden fork to poke holes into the lawn.
This aerates the soil, allowing air to penetrate the area – a fundamental growing need for plants.

3. Fertilize the area.
Use a 2:3:4 fertilizer to give it a good kick-start and encourage strong roots. Using a fertilizer distributor will feed the area evenly.

4. Top dress the lawn using commercially formulated lawn dressing.
Using other soil like topsoil from the side of the road may bring all the weeds from the area onto your lawn so don’t do that! Spread a light load onto the lawn and then, using a plastic rake, spread the lawn dressing over the area. The lawn dressing should be a thin layer – avoid covering the plants completely.

5. Water it!
Water in the fertilizer and lawn dressing well and sit back and watch your lawn thrive.

11 thoughts on “Spring treatment of lawns

  1. Steve Mey says:

    Hi Tanya. My property and in the surrounding areas, in Edenvale, Joburg, Guateng are dark grey/black clay
    Currently I have Kukuya growing, semi successful.
    Any weed/s take over with myself on a weekly basis removing weeds what I see. Forking down with “all” weeds roots.
    Should I change grass type, or any recomendatios.
    Steve Mey

  2. Dianne says:

    Hi Tanya

    I live in Ramsgate KZN. Our lawn is covered in four leaf clover weeds! How do I get rid of these?

    Kind regards
    DIanne Digby

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Dianne, to get rid of the four leaf clovers spray your lawn with a selective herb aside but be sure to read the instructions carefully. For example, don’t spray on a windy day and don’t go over and over same patch. Use a product called Versus by Protec or Turfweed by Effecto.

  3. Liana Olivier says:

    Dear Tania
    I have just moved into a property in Himeville KZN. Everything is stone dead, the grass was long (property was empty 7 months) How do I revive the grass plants and trees. I am a pensioner and do not have a lot of money to spend.

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