Seven Steps on How to get a Beautiful Lawn this Spring.

A good garden design will see your indigenous garden looking beautiful through all the seasons.

But our lawns often suffer and don’t look their best by the end of winter.  I have had many customers at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery asking for spring gardening advice, particularly on how to achieve a healthy, beautiful lawn in time for summer.

 

Here are seven steps to a beautiful lawn.

On the Highveld, mid-August through September is a good time to nurture your lawn.

  1. Cut the grass on the lawnmower’s lowest setting possible, but make sure that you don’t damage the ground. This will probably be about a centimetre or so above the soil level.
  2. Scarify (the process of scratching the surface of the lawn) with a leaf rake. This takes all the thatch (debris and dead grass) from winter off to allow strong new growth through.
  3. Spike the lawn to make small holes in the ground. This aerates the soil, which promotes strong root growth of the lawn grass. You might need to water first, to soften the ground for the spikes, so that you can create bigger holes in the ground with your spike roller.  Most people don’t have their own spike roller. You can hire one from a tool hire shop at a reasonable cost.
  4. Broadcast a thin (about 2cm) layer of compost on the lawn.  You can use the leaf rake again to help spread it out roughly before the next step.
  5. Use a straight edge (anything light enough to manoeuvre that has a straight edge) to pull the compost across the lawn with this straight edge so that it fills up all the holes made by the spike roller. It will also fill small indentations in your lawn, giving it a lovely level look. It is very important to pull the compost off of the lawn so that you don’t smother the growing tip of the lawn which is at ground level.  This must be just peeping through the compost.
  6. You can fertilize the lawn with slow release 5:1:5 at this point. I usually don’t as I think the compost provides sufficient nutrients for a beautiful lawn.
  7. Water lightly to help the compost sink into the lawn and release its nutrients more easily. Do not over water, especially in August, as at this time of year the ground can stay waterlogged for too long.

Let it grow!

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    Posted @ 9/22/2016 8:21 AM by jeanette Craukamp   
    jeanette Craukamp's avatar

    That sounds great on how to have a good lawn, I am going to try it. ThAnk you.

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