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Turf Maintenance Following Winter

13 April 2011 by Rolawn

The warm weather has been sprung upon us as spring time has finally arrived. For many, winter has been very cold and the early snow and persistent cold and wet weather will have undoubtedly led to garden turf being affected to some degree. However, if you've always taken care of your turf, then the likelihood is that it will start growing strongly as soon as the sun begins to warm the ground and photosynthesis kicks in once more with abandon.

There are a few things that you can do at this time of year to make your turf grow more efficiently and which will also protect your lawn and your lawn mower from unnecessary damage. The first cut of a lawn during the start of the new growing season is a joy to behold as it sets out the gardening stall for the forthcoming summer months. You must make sure however that the turf is free from any winter debris such as twigs, fallen branches, leaves and other decaying organic matter, as well as stones, pebbles or slate chippings. The latter is often quite a common problem for those whose turf borders with a pathway or drive which has been overlaid with decorative aggregates.

You should also ensure that your lawn mower is up to the job. Remember, like a car that has been sat in a garage without having been started for several months, your mower will need a little care and attention before it is taken out to work. Check any parts that need oiling, check for rust and ensure that any electrical or fuel connections are in good condition. Most importantly for your turf, ensure that the blades remain sharp and adjust the height to ensure a good first and subsequent cuts. It's generally recommended not to cut more than one third of your grass height at any one time, especially during the spring. Cutting your turf with care and thought will ensure that it remains strong and healthy and will provide you with a beautiful lawn throughout the summer.