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1st day of Spring today

Grassclippings - Spring GardeningToday, beleive it or not is the first day of Spring. 

Spring begins with the Vernal Equinox at 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)

Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appear, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom. The vernal, or spring, equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.

Taking a look out of the window currently, you may be a little confused as the weather has been everything yet spring like!  Wind, sleet, snow, rain, freezing temperatures.  This time last year there was grass seed germinating and gardeners were well into spring preparation of their gardens and lawns and the garden centres thriving.  With Easter only a week or so away, the garden industry is hoping for a lift in fortunes and better weather to kick start spring in the garden.  All it needs to do is stop raining for a week and some slightly warmer temperatures. 

Many a lawn owner have not yet got around to mowing their lawns, let a lone make their lawn moss treatments.  Have you heard a lawn mower being fired up an working as yet?  It has been too wet to be honest with hardly a dry day inbetween the rain showers for the lawn surface to dry out.  You can start mowing your lawn now if the weather and ground conditions allow you to get out in the garden.

Spring Folklore and Verse

One swallow does not make a spring.

Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.

In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

Spring-time sweet!  The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.

Some Spring time jobs on your lawn:

Make sure the mower is serviced and working well and sharp

Rake up any winter debris from the lawn

Mow your lawn on a higher than normal setting to lightly top it and stimulate growth

Control any Worm Casts

Control your Moss

Trim your lawn edges

Treat any Chafer Beetle or Leatherjacket Larvae ahead of any planned lawn renovations

Apply Fertilise to your lawn

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