Winter has a nasty habit of sucking the vibrant colours out of your grass, leaving your garden looking well…. dull. The good news though, is that we can always count on spring to bring a little brightness into our lives!

Still, there are ways we can give Mother Nature a helping hand to make sure our lawn bounces back to its former glory.

See our top tips for “revitalizing” your lawn:

What is dormant grass?

Dormancy is simply a state of reduced water usage where the grass focuses its resources on the roots. This leaves your lawn looking dull and dead, when actually it’s just sleeping! Good news all-round!

Water it

Even in the driest conditions, grass can still grow as long as it is properly hydrated. So, to start the process of bringing your lawn back to life, provide sufficient water (but be careful, do not overcompensate – drowning your lawn is just as bad as dehydrating it!).

Weed it

Water is the primary source of life for grass, but the same holds true for weeds unfortunately! When you have weeds growing alongside your grass, they fight for the available water; to free up the water availability to your lawn, hand-pull weeds out at the root.

Mow it

While cutting your grass seems like an odd way to help it come back to life and stimulate it to grow again, it’s actually an effective way to naturally fertilize your lawn – as long as you leave the clippings behind! Grass is rich in nitrogen, which is a major component in fertilizers, so when you leave clippings behind, they decompose and are re-absorbed into the soil, enriching it and helping your lawn to grow greener and fuller.

Aerate it

Water, nutrients… check! However, your lawn also needs air, and while there is no shortage of air outside, sometimes it can’t reach the roots – enter the trusty garden fork! When the soil becomes too compacted, air is unable to penetrate and simply aerating your grass, by jabbing holes into the ground for the air to get to the roots, fixes this in no time! This can be done manually with a garden fork or an aerator.

Top dress it

Top-dressing is spreading compost, like Green Gold (which we supply) onto your lawn. This is providing the underlying soil with a vital nutrient boost it needs after a cold winter. The lawn absorbs this naturally through decomposition, watering and through the aeration holes, helping grass grow thicker and fuller.

If all else fails

If you have tried all the methods above and nothing is working, contact us on office@evangrass.co.za to find out how we can help you replace your lawn with one of our five grass varieties.