Getting Ready for Spring

Getting Ready for Spring

With the weather still cold and grey, we are longing for Springs arrival. Although the weather is not inviting, it’s still worthwhile taking care of your lawn now, so we can enjoy it when the better weather returns.

Between January and March, we will be getting U.K. lawns ready for Spring with our Spring Ready treatment. This treatment features a dual conditional release – meaning it will only release its nutrients when the conditions of moisture and warm soil temperatures are perfect. If the conditions change, the fertiliser will stop releasing its nutrients and wait until the perfect time to release again.

What does the Spring Ready treatment mean for you?

Our Spring Ready treatment encourages regulated growth and improve colour. As well as control moss and weeds when appropriate.

You will benefit from a beautiful, healthy lawn much earlier in the year. You no longer have to wait until Spring arrives in your area and then wait for treatment to be put down. Our Spring Ready treatment will already be active on your lawn.

Only GreenThumb customers will have this great advantage over other lawns.

Will the rain wash away the treatment?

No, it’s unlikely to be washed away due to its size and where it lands in the grass sward. The fertiliser will sit at the bottom of the grass and wait until conditions are good. At this time of year, there should be sufficient material in the grass to hold onto the fertiliser until the conditions allow.  

What about frost or snow?

No. The fertiliser will patiently sit there waiting for warmer weather.

The most important feature of this advanced technology feed is that the amount of nutrients released is controlled by both the ground temperature and moisture levels.

However, conditions on lawns change from region to region, lawn to lawn and day to day, so each lawn will be treated appropriately and correctly.

Do I need to mow beforehand?

It really depends on the length of the grass. If we are unable to push the spreader through the grass then we may not be able to treat. We’d only recommend mowing your lawn if the ground conditions are favourable. If we’ve had a few dry days – yes. If heavy frosts are expected or the ground is particularly wet – no.

Keep your cut to around 1 inch and ensure your mower blades are sharp.

Take a look at some of the reviews from previous years….

GreenThumb Lawn Operative treating a lawn in Spring"We had our Spring Ready treatment last week, and what a difference it's made already! Green and healthy. The weather has been warm, then cold, then windy, then cold again and the grass has 'weathered' it all :)’’
‘’Had our Aeration this week and Spring Ready Treatment a month or so ago. The lawns are looking amazing for this time of the year. Fantastic GreenThumb’’
‘’Spring treatment complete and processes carried out over winter makes sure my lawn is looking good already’’.

    GARDEN JOBS FOR YOU IN WINTER

    Remove Items – items left on the lawn can lead to dead spots. The grass in those areas may appear stunted and thinner compared to the rest of the lawn.

    Remove Leaves – Leaves block out sunlight and air which your grass needs to survive. The trapped moisture underneath also creates moss-loving conditions.

    Clean Garden Tools – Give them a good clean, ready to be used again.

    Feed the Birds – Birds require extra food during winter to maintain their fat to survive the frosty nights. High-quality, energy-rich food are needed at this time of year – Sunflower seeds, Nyjer seeds, fruit, net-free fat, or suet balls.

    ISSUES TO LOOK OUT FOR

    During this time of year, our lawns are more susceptible to a lawn disease called – Microdochium Patch (fusarium), more commonly known as Snow Mould.

    This is a cool weather disease that thrives from consistent wet, damp or foggy/misty conditions with low air movement.

    Symptoms appear as small, circular, yellow patches which can spread up to about 30cm in diameter. Once established, the patches turn a yellow/brown colour and in severe cases can kill the grass. After the disease becomes inactive, the area appears pale and straw-like.

    Lawns that have a high thatch layer and poor drainage, as well as enclosed lawns with little air movement, are the most susceptible to this disease.

    MOSS   

    If your lawn is exposed to too much water and becomes water-logged this could potentially cause moss in your garden. Moss can be found in a wide variety of locations, but on lawns it will grow when grass growth is slow and the soil is wet, as well as in shady and damp conditions.

    COMPACTION

    Heavy usage of the lawn while the soil is wet results in it compressing. Not only does this prevent grass growth, but it also leads to water not draining properly, which can lead to pooling on the surface, encouraging disease.

    If you have any concerns regarding your lawn or need some additional advice, speak to your local GreenThumb branch. You can find their details here - Find your local GreenThumb branch

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