In this brief article, I will be simplifying lawn care for you. We all have different reasons for wanting a lush green lawn. For some, it is about having a soothing green space to get away from the stresses of city life. For others, it is used as a play area or as an outdoor living room. No matter the reason, after reading this article you will have a lawn the whole neighbourhood will be jealous of.
In this article, I will be covering your spring lawn care for Kikuyu type lawns and tuft forming lawns. If you aren’t sure about which type you have, just send me an e-mail and I will help you identify it.
Lawn care for Kikuyu type lawns
- This includes all creeping type lawns such as Kikuyu, Bermuda and LM grass.
- Start by mowing your lawn down to 2-3cm by putting your lawnmower on a low setting.
- Remove all the thatch that has built up in your lawn by raking with a steel rake. This process is called “scarification”. Thatch is the build up of dead matted grass that prevents water and fertilizer from penetrating the soil, it is also the perfect breeding ground for pests and diseases.
- Aerate your lawn by spiking it with a fork or using a spiked roller especially in areas where it is compacted or that bear heavy traffic. Hadedas are excellent at spiking the lawn while they search for some tasty earthworms.
- Fill in any depressions or bare spots in your lawn with a good quality lawn dressing. This will also improve the soil structure and add essential organic matter.
- Next step is to start fertilizing. I recommend using a fertilizer high in
nitrogen such as Lawn 8:1:5 or for an organic option use Bladerunner as directed and water well afterwards.
- Water thoroughly afterwards.
Lawn care for Tuft forming lawns:
- This includes all non-creeping lawns such as All Seasons Evergreen, Shade Over and more.
- Mow to the recommended height, usually around 4-5cm.
- Loosen the soil where the lawn is sparse and if possible add some lawn dressing.
- When sowing lawn seed I recommend mixing the seed with some flour or mealie meal as their seed are very small. This will help you to ensure a good coverage and not to over- or under sow certain areas.
- Cover the areas where you have sown with a light layer of lawn dressing and then water.
- Keep the surface moist for ten days after sowing.
- Fertilize after your first subsequent mowing.
Now all that is left is to sit back and think of all the fun you are going to have on your lush green lawn.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published
August 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.