Spring lawn care renovations

How to achieve a great lawn this spring through proper scarification and aeration.

And relax! You’ve officially made it through winter. With the clocks having now sprung forward, this week marks the arrival of springtime… hurray! The days are getting longer, and the weather already seems to be brightening up again. So, you might be thinking about getting out in the garden. But how can you make sure that when you get out there, your lawn looks its best?

Spring is the singular most important time in the year for lawn renovations, as failure to prepare for the upcoming growing season will see your lawn fail to provide you with the perfect centrepiece for your garden. So, we’ve put together some of the benefits of using the two most vital springtime lawn care operations – scarification and aeration.

Dealing with moss

Moss is something that every lawn will have to deal with at one time or another. Moss will manifest itself and choke out healthy grasses, as well as starving the grass plant of the all-important nutrients applied through fertiliser. There are various reasons for the build-up of moss within a lawn. But it’s important to be aware that very damp and shaded areas are at most risk, and combined with limited hours of daylight and increased rainfall during the winter months, will allow for the ideal conditions for moss to develop and take over areas of the lawn, making it imperative that it is removed if you are to have a perfect looking lawn this summer.

The application of a quality commercial product, comprised of iron sulphate, followed by a programme of scarification and aeration will keep the moss at bay and allow for the grasses to grow and thicken.

Dealing with Thatch

Organic matter, commonly known as thatch, will naturally build up within your lawn’s surface over time. This will result in inferior grass quality and lawn appearance, so this layer must be kept to a minimum, through regular scarification. This will additionally aid fresh grass growth and increase grass density. However, do not scarify too early in the spring as the grass must be in growth beforehand to allow for the space created by the scarification to be filled by desirable grasses. Lawns that are heavily infested with organic matter will not wear well or cope with drought conditions, meaning that scarification is one of two mechanical operations that will allow for strong growth and vibrantly healthy lawn.

Spring aeration

Alongside scarification, the second important mechanical operation in the spring is aeration. This essentially does what it says on the tin: allowing air into the lawn surface. Aeration is important because a good supply of air must be available to the root structure of the grass plant. Airflow will allow for an efficient uptake of water and nutrients applied through spring fertilisers. Aeration also allows a good level of soil decompaction and increased pore space, which is especially important during the period when the plant is actively growing. Also, providing passageways through which water can pass means that aeration will improve drainage and allow for increased benefits to the grass plant of water applied through irrigation.

Carrying out spring lawn care renovations

To get the best out of your lawn this spring, these mechanical processes are best carried out by lawn care professionals. With over 30 years as established lawn care experts, TruGreen’s technicians are more than qualified to give your lawn the best quality treatment there is. By finding your nearest TruGreen business today, you can get in touch with your local team of TruGreen lawn care professionals to carry out a free 14-step lawn analysis. This allows them to assess the condition of your lawn and draw up a lawncare plan that best suits you. Start your spring off right, give TruGreen a call on 0800 021 3074 now.


Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer