Via Matt Leacy, creative director at Landart Landscape
From Matt Leacy
1. Creating a luscious lawn
One of the best things you can do for your lawn as we come out of winter is to de-thatch. Thatch is an accumulation of dead organic lawn matter or a build-up of roots that can prevent moisture, nutrients and air getting through to the grass roots.
If you’ve got very large lawn spaces, you might consider using a de-thatcher to do the job. Otherwise, a thatch rake or normal garden rake should work, depending on the size of the lawn and how thick the thatch is.
You should also aerate the lawn to help get water and nutrients through to the turf zone. If you’re working with a big lawn, you might look at using a motorised aerator. Otherwise, you can use spiked aerator shoes or a simple garden fork.
Once you’ve removed thatch and aerated, add some course sand or top dressing over the lawn – and don’t forget to fertilise with something high in nitrogen, and preferably organic.
2. Maintenance will set you up for summer
It’s not necessarily the fun side of gardening, but now is the ideal time to get into garden beds and remove any weeds before the weather gets hotter and they really take off. And now is also the as time to prune plants to get them in prime condition for growth in spring and summer.
Ensure that any ornamental grasses like miscanthus are cut to about 100-200mm above the ground and that any shrubs such as bottlebrush that like to flower in spring are pruned well before their flowering month.