Fertilize And Scarify The Lawn: In 4 Steps

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:39 pm

After a cold winter, the lawn often looks very battered. Clearly, it needs a springtime makeover. Fertilizing, scarifying, liming and mowing are on the agenda.

To aerate the top layer of soil and loosen up the root layer a little, the lawn is freed from moss and weeds. This can be done with special scarifiers. You can also use a rake, the tines of which are pulled over the ground several times in longitudinal and transverse directions. In this way, you free the lawn from its dense layer of felt. Only then is the lawn ready for liming with subsequent fertilization.

Fertilize And Scarify The Lawn: In 4 Steps


Fertilize And Scarify The Lawn: In 4 Steps

To begin, the lawn is well cleaned of moss and weeds. To do this, take a scarifier or a rake and scarify through the rake of the lawn. Thoroughness is especially important here. So you get a few wheelbarrows of moss and dead grass, which can be disposed of.


Lime regulates the pH of the soil, so moss, which prefers acidic soil, is prevented from growing. The lawn remains moss-free when liming is done optimally. Therefore, lime the lawn as soon as possible directly after scarifying. The lime for the lawn is available in every garden center. Liming should be done by the end of March at the latest. After liming, give the lawn a break to recover, as the aeration of the lawn by scarifying has left its mark. Due to the warm and humid weather, the lawn starts to grow more. Has the lime dissipated and the lawn recovered? Then it’s time for the next step.

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Fertilizing the lawn is especially important for a weakened lawn. The fertilizer provides the soil with nutrients that are tailored to the lawn. Long-lasting lawn fertilizers are advantageous. A low iron content in the fertilizer also prevents the spread of moss. Fertilizer is only applied according to the instructions on the fertilizer packaging and in rainy weather. The fertilizer is often added to water and the lawn is watered with it. The necessary rain transports the nutrients into the soil. If it does not rain, the lawn may be “burned”.

mowing the lawn

If the lawn sprouts fresh green, it can be mowed. At the beginning, however, only trim the tips so that the grasses are not too stressed. As spring progresses, the lawn begins to grow very vigorously as the weather and fertilizer help it grow. Now begins the time to return to normal mowing the lawn with a gasoline mower or electric lawn mower.


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