The days are getting longer, the daffodils are sprouting and it’s finally starting to feel like spring is in the air. After a long winter of difficult conditions, your lawn is bound to need a little maintenance, so it’s time to dust off your gardening gloves and get back outside. Getting an early head start on your spring maintenance will really help your lawn recover from the harsh winter months and also prepare it for the long hot summer days ahead. Due to our spring climate, from the month of March through to May you will see the greatest amount of growth in your lawn, so it’s essential to keep on top of your maintenance now. Aerating After a few months of wet and miserable conditions your lawn may look a little lacklustre, the first step to bring it back to its best is aerating. Aerating is the process of perforating small holes into the lawn to allow water air and nutrients to penetrate the root systems. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. Aerating also assists with the lawns compaction, thus increasing again the proper circulation of air, water and nutrients. Aerating can be carried out using either an aerator or for smaller areas a pitchfork will suffice. Feeding and Seeding Your lawn is likely to have lost quite a few nutrients over the dark winter months; the best way to replenish these is by applying a lawn feed. Once applied, water in well and within a few days your lawn will be growing quickly and have a dark lush green colour to it. At times your lawn may need a little more than just a simple feed, if this is the case we recommend overseeding. This can often be the case when dealing with areas of your garden that receive little sunlight or extensive wear. For best results mix Rolawn Medallion Lawn Seed with a layer of topdressing before spreading throughout the lawn. Mowing Mowing is one of the most important aspects of lawn maintenance, at springs offset it’s recommended to start tentatively, meaning keep your mower on one of its highest settings to ensure only the tip of the grass is cut. As is the case with hair, the more you cut it, the more it grows. Our top tip is little and often, bear in mind that as you increase the amount you mow your lawn, it will require more feeding and watering to replenish nutrients. You may not know that at The London Lawn Turf Company as well as stocking top quality lawn turf and topsoil, we also stock everything you need to keep your lawn at its best throughout the year; from lawn seed through to aerators we have it in store. Golden rule is never cut more than a third of the grass blade length at one time. For more information and advice on maintenance, or if you’d like to hear more about the great range of stock we have available head down to your local depot of call us on 01959897601.