Many gardens suffer from diseases, yellowing or thinning caused by fungus, too much or not enough watering, lack of nutrients, frequent or too little cutting, unfavourable weather conditions, etc.
March is the most important month for restoring our lawn to a brilliant green colour. In fact, by taking advantage of the entire period of March, the guarantees of success in curing your lawn of yellowing or thinning increase considerably. The end of winter and rising temperatures also create ideal conditions for sowing your lawn from scratch.
What can you do to ensure a soft green lawn during the summer period?
The first thing to do at the beginning of March is to bio-stimulate the soil. March is considered the month of awakening, and bio-stimulating the soil with nutrients maximises the chances of success. This first treatment should be carried out just after the first grass cuts. The grass must be dry, so choose the right day. The second fundamental step in ensuring a bright green carpet that is soft to walk on is fertilisation. This procedure is dedicated to the grass and when it is carried out badly or not at all, your garden has the ideal conditions to become diseased.
How to prevent yellowing or thinning of the lawn?
March also sees the start of prevention to keep the garden healthy and free from harmful pests. A good strategy is to feed the soil with antagonistic micro-organisms. These are micro-organisms that we find in nature, which fight pathogenic micro-organisms. Their function is to “steal” the nutrients from the pathogens. This solution is completely natural, with no harmful consequences for humans or the soil. The antagonistic micro-organisms are available in the form of preparations in all major garden shops.
Cutting the grass is also important in order to prevent thinning and diseases in the lawn and to prepare it for the summer. The first cutting of the grass takes place in March, and care must be taken not to remove too much length unless you want to reseed. In that case you can cut much further and lower; this will also oxygenate the soil.
A practical tip to ensure that our lawn recovers the nutrients it needs is to note on a calendar the rainy days that occurred during March. In March it is not necessary to water the garden because the weather is usually very uncertain. When there is not enough rain, however, it is important to take care of our lawn’s metabolism so that it gets all the nutrients it needs.
These few suggestions will help you to welcome the warm season while minimising the risk of compromising the health of your garden.