Follow this month by month ‘What to do’ and look forward to a beautiful lawn.
A relatively quiet month regarding lawn maintenance. Couple of jobs can be done – raking up fallen leaves and debris and looking for any worm casts that can be brushed off the lawn. If you have a problem with moss or worm casts apply an application of sulphate of iron. However try not to walk on the lawn too much if it is frozen as this could cause damage.
A month very much the same as January – although it is a good time to get your Lawnmower checked – it will then be ready for when you need it.
If the weather is promising you can start to plan your first cut of the season, but remember only if it’s dry and do not cut it too short, keep the blades high, the lawn only needs a ‘top cut’. Aerate the subsoil using a scarifer (encourages root development). If you do have a problem with moss treat it but only if again the weather is fine. Scatter a layer of compost (max. 1 cm) over grass, rainfall will help absorb it.
Now is the time that you can start to mow more often, gradually adjusting the height of the blades. Take into account we can still get some cold spells. The edges of the lawn can also be tidied up. Mid spring is an ideal time to give your lawn a monthly fertiliser. Treat large areas of moss with iron sulphate, if it is widespread it needs aerating (not on a wet lawn). Put a fork into the ground and move it backwards and forwards to improve the drainage of the soil.
Mow at least once a week plus trim the edges. Feed with an organic fertilizer (granulated cow manure) and also apply a lawn fertilizer with high nitrogen content. If you have any bare patches resow with a little seed. Excess water on your lawn – put a fork into the ground and move it backwards and forwards to improve the drainage of the soil.
June and July
Mow (preferably evening if it’s hot) once or twice a week also keeping edges trimmed and feed with calcium ammonium nitrate. If the weather continues to be dry for a while spray the lawn. The best time for this is early morning or late afternoon It is also better to sprinkle for a long time twice a week rather than every day for a few minutes. Other jobs are aerating and a top dressing can be applied. Apply a nitrogen based fertiliser to keep the grass healthy if required.
A month that is very much the same as June and July. This month could be your last chance to apply weed killer and to use a fertilser.
A few extra jobs can be done this time of the year. Late summer is the perfect time to sow or lay a new lawn. It’s also a good time to repair bare patches by cutting out a generous square and re-seed the patch. Cut your lawn weekly and still water well during dry periods. To speed up the composting process, spread a thin layer of leaves on the lawn before you mow and add the chopped up leaves, together with the grass clippings, to the compost heap or the border. For greenest lawn, fertilise it one last time before winter. This is a good time to get to grips with moss in the lawn. Remove it with a scarifier or by sprinkling some iron sulphate over it. For parts of the lawn with a persistent moss problem try using a special grass seed mixture for shady lawns.
This could possibly bethe last chance for cutting the lawn, gradually raise the cutting height. Rake up fallen leaves and use them to spread between perennials in the border. The lawn is particularly susceptible to the damage caused by the larvae of Daddy longlegs at this time of year. They eat the roots of the grass. Use a leather jacket killer to prevent extensive damage.
Returfing can still be done this month if needed.
We are now at the end of the monthly maintenance plan. Raking up leaves still applies but still be aware of walking on frosty lawns.
We hope that by the end of the year you have enjoyed a greener and healthier lawn.