TruGreen Spring Lawn

TruGreen Gloucestershire’s spring lawn care tips

How to look after your lawn during the months of spring.

Happy spring from all of us at TruGreen Gloucestershire! We hope that you are keeping well and are enjoying your lawn going into the mid-part of the year. With daylight hours getting longer by the day, and bursts of warm and dry weather in April and May, it feels like we are heading into the final part of spring – promising a hot summer just around the corner.

The weather this spring has been somewhat changeable. We’ve had cooler evenings, which has slowed the rise in ground temperatures in some areas, intertwined with periods of less-than-average rainfall and warmer days. This has highlighted the importance of moisture management to get the best results for our lawns. As such, within this update, we’re focusing on the importance of moisture management to the grass plant and the use of Wetting Agents to support this. During spring, we have also seen record numbers of lawn pest activity – with Leatherjacket and Chafer Grubs affecting lawns. Please keep an eye on your lawn or contact us should you have any concerns on this front.

In this month’s blog post, we’re including some crucial guidance about how we can help during late spring and summer, especially if we experience warm and dry spells.

Maintaining grass quality in the spring/summer months

It won’t be long before we see a more settled period of weather, bringing increased temperatures and reduced rainfall. So, it’s worth getting acquainted with the best practices for preparing and maintaining a quality lawn during periods of low moisture. It is important to maximise the moisture of the grass plant so that it is available for longer, as this will increase photosynthesis and chlorophyll production within the plant. This helps to give a strong and healthy appearance, which is also linked to the availability of nutrients to the grass plant and aided through planned and scheduled fertiliser treatments.

Key practices for the coming months: 
  • Applying a wetting agent will help your lawn to retain available moisture in the soil for longer. This will allow the grass to maintain strong root growth and increase the capacity for moisture to enter the plant.
  • Do not mow the grass too short – especially during warmer weather. The shorter the leaf, the sooner moisture is lost from the plant
  • Ideally, when mowing grass height should be maintained at 25mm, and remove clippings at all times to minimise build-up of thatch
  • Low thatch levels are important in maintaining a healthy grass sward, as deeper thatch will increase the surface temperature in the lawn, which will see a faster deterioration in grass quality
  • Mow the lawn in various directions to maintain even growth. A healthy grass plant is more drought resistant, as strong cell walls in the leaf will maintain moisture for longer and increase chlorophyll production in the plant, as nutrients are more readily available
  • When fertiliser has been applied and there is no rainfall forecast, we advise you to apply water through irrigation
  • When ground conditions allow, late spring and summer aeration is advantageous, as it will maintain a good air/moisture balance in the soil
  • If grass seed has been sowed it is essential to apply irrigation daily in allowing for germination. Grass seed will not germinate without water, but when sown correctly, even where irrigation is limited, the grass seed will still grow after rainfall, even several weeks after sowing has been completed

There is a lot to keep in mind when considering proper lawn maintenance during the spring and summer months. For an extra helping hand, get in touch with us today by calling 01452 223329 or 07722 045855 to book a visit from the TruGreen Gloucestershire team or to learn more about our services.