A guide to March lawn care

A guide to March lawn care

As the final frosts of winter begin to thaw and the first signs of spring emerge, March presents the perfect opportunity to awaken your lawn from its winter slumber and prepare it for a year of lush, green beauty. This critical time in the gardening calendar calls for specific care and attention to ensure your grass is strong, healthy, and ready to face the upcoming seasons. From essential maintenance tasks to the right tools for the job, let’s explore how you can give your lawn the best start this spring, with a little help from Horticentre.

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1. Aeration: Breathing Life Back Into Your Lawn

After months of being compacted under snow, frost, or simply the weight of winter debris, your lawn's soil can become dense and suffocated. Aeration is a vital step in March lawn care, allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the soil, reaching the roots of your grass. Whether you opt for a simple garden fork or a specialised aerator, creating small holes in your lawn can significantly improve drainage and encourage deeper root growth, leading to a healthier and more resilient lawn.

2. Scarification: Removing the Old to Make Way for the New

Scarification involves removing layers of thatch (dead grass and moss) that have built up over the winter months. Thatch can prevent moisture and nutrients from reaching the soil and can harbour pests and diseases. March is an excellent time to scarify your lawn, as it prepares the ground for new growth. Use a lawn scarifier for best results, which can be found alongside other essential gardening tools at Horticentre.

3. Mowing: Setting the Stage for Growth

While it may still be early in the year, March can often be the right time to give your lawn its first trim, weather permitting. The key is to mow little and often, setting your mower blades to a higher setting to avoid cutting the grass too short too soon. This gentle approach encourages stronger roots and thicker growth. For a range of mowers suited to every garden size and type, visit Horticentre, where our experts can advise you on the best model for your needs.

4. Feeding: Nutrients for a Healthy Start

Applying a spring lawn feed in March can give your grass the boost it needs to recover from winter and prepare for the growing season. Choose a fertiliser that’s high in nitrogen to encourage leaf growth. For organic options and specialised lawn care products, the friendly staff at Horticentre are always on hand to provide guidance and recommendations.

Tip! Overseeding: Filling in the Gaps

If your lawn has bare patches or areas of thin grass, overseeding can help to fill these gaps and create a denser, more even lawn. March's cooler temperatures and increased moisture provide ideal conditions for grass seed germination. Combine overseeding with aeration and feeding for the best results. At Horticentre, we stock a wide variety of grass seeds to suit different lawn types and conditions.

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Tools and supplies for optimal lawn care at Horticentre

At Horticentre, we understand the importance of having the right tools and supplies for effective lawn care. From high-quality mowers and aerators to a wide selection of growing media and compost, we have everything you need to get your lawn in top condition this March. Our knowledgeable staff are always ready to offer advice and support, ensuring you leave with the products best suited to your garden’s needs.

March is a month filled with potential for your garden, and with the right care and attention, you can set your lawn on a path to year-round health and beauty. Visit Horticentre for all your lawn care needs, and make this spring the start of your best gardening year yet.

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