March is the best month to start tackling the gardening jobs that have been neglected over the winter. As spring arrives - bringing the warmer weather, it's the best time for mowing, scarifying, aerating, and feeding your lawn. These jobs are essential for getting your garden ready for the summer, repairing the damage of winter, and preparing the lawn for the warmer months ahead. It's also the first chance to take care of any garden maintenance that might be needed - especially after the storms that have taken their toll on the UK in 2020. If you put the work in now you'll be rewarded in the summer and your garden will reap the benefits of some TLC - looking healthy, lavish, and beautiful.
Gardening Jobs For March
Clean Your Patios, Paths, And Driveways
During the winter your paving slabs, paths, and driveways can become overgrown with weeds and covered in soil, moss, and algae. With the cold, wet, and windy weather, combined with the fact that you probably won't have spent much time outside - these areas can quickly become untidy, discoloured, and uninhabitable. March is a great time to take advantage of the warmer weather to remove weeds from the gaps and borders of your paths, patios, terraces, and driveways. You can clear the moss and algae quickly and effectively with a pressure washer - making sure that the area is safe and suitable for use - ready for you to enjoy on the brighter days that are on their way.
Mow Your Lawn
After a long, damp winter, lawns rarely emerge in good condition. March is the first month of the year that you can start thinking about doing some work on your lawn. If the ground becomes dry enough, then you can mow your lawn for the first time this year - don't bother if the ground is still frozen or is saturated. Use a high-cut setting so that you don't cut the grass too short or scalp the lawn as it needs time to recover. You can also redefine your borders and lawn edges, and if you need to lay new turf, it is best to do it before the weather gets too warm and dry.
Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating your lawn is a crucial gardening practice for ensuring full, thick, rich and healthy grass growth. If your grass is patchy and yellowing, and the soil is compacted, then aerating your lawn can alleviate these issues and improve the health and appearance of your lawn. Lawn aeration is the process of making small holes in the soil, all over your lawn. These holes help to relieve soil compaction, improve drainage, and allow vital air, nutrients and water into the soil, therefore improving root growth and the overall health of the grass in your lawn. You can use a lawn aerator machine to get the job done quickly and professionally. Grass roots need air, water and nutrients to grow healthily. If the soil in your garden has become compacted, often due to poor weather conditions or heavy foot traffic, it isn't very easy for water, air and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the grass roots. Aerating your lawn alleviates compaction, improves drainage, gives grass roots more space to grow. It allows air, nutrients, and water to penetrate through the soil and reach the grass roots. Over time, this results in richer, healthier, and thicker grass growth.
Scarify Your Lawn
Scarifying is probably the most underrated job in lawn care. During the cold and wet winter months, moisture collects on the surface of the lawn and moss begins to take hold. This makes it more difficult for young grass to survive. A lawn scarifier uses blades to rake the lawn and tease out dead grass, moss, and thatch. This allows air, water, and sunlight to reach the soil surface, creating the ideal conditions for grass to grow better. Once the moss and thatch have been removed, there is no rival stealing the essential nutrients and water away from the grass! Scarifying your lawn with a high-quality lawn scarifier is an easy job. You use a lawn scarifier like a lawnmower - walking along with the machine across the whole surface of the lawn. For the best results, we suggest scarifying your lawn twice - working lengthways on the first run and widthways on the second run. For small areas, you can use an electric lawn scarifier. For larger jobs and a more professional finish, a petrol lawn scarifier is recommended.
Reseed & Feed You Lawn
After you scarify your lawn, you will need to reseed any bare areas that have been created. It's a good idea to 'overseed' the entire lawn to encourage thicker grass growth. Scarifying your lawn creates a good seedbed, which will encourage healthy germination. Spread grass seed on any bare areas and cover the whole lawn in a generous sprinkle of grass seed. Keep the soil moist with a regular sprinkling of water - making sure you don't saturate the soil. Try to keep off the lawn to give the seed a chance to grow, and you can cover some areas of the lawn with a mesh to prevent birds and other animals from helping themselves. Next, use a lawn fertiliser to give your whole lawn a spring feed. A lawn fertiliser provides the key nutrients that grass needs to grow and thrive so it can become more vibrant, thicker, and stronger. A well-fertilised lawn is much more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss and weather-related stresses. Follow up the first lawn feed with a second feed six weeks later to give the lawn the best start.
Garden Tool Hire
Find out more about our full range of quality gardening equipment available for hire nationwide and browse our mowers, scarifiers, aerators, pressure washers, and more. We can supply everything you need to get your garden in perfect condition this spring. Book your hire online or over the phone and collect your equipment at your local branch at the start of the hire period or arrange for delivery.