At Lawnmowers Direct we are often asked what the best lawn maintenance schedule is for UK gardens. With this in mind we have put together a brief but informative month-by-month guide to help you through the lawn care season. Please keep in mind that no two lawns are alike and that this is a rule-of-thumb guide only. Fine-tuning for your own particular circumstances will be necessary.
During the milder spells of January weather, occasionally cut the grass but do keep the blade setting high and leave at least 25mm of growth. If the grass is covered in frost or the lawn is waterlogged; keep off!
Follow much the same routine as you would for January.
This month is the start of your lawn care season and it is time to give your lawn a thorough raking. The raking will remove detritus that has built up during the winter months. Remember to spike your lawn all over, opening up the soil to allow oxygen and moisture to penetrate to the roots of the grass. Once spiked it is a good idea to apply lawn sand. When mowing, keep the blades high and simply ‘top’ the new grass growth.
As growth starts to increase, you can reseed bare patches with quality seed and apply a fertiliser if you feel it is necessary. Moss can be treated and removed. Mow the grass regularly, gradually lowering your cutting height as the month progresses. Make sure your lawnmower blades are sharp!
This is a verdant month where grass growth kicks in with a vengeance; you may find you will need to mow twice a week. Apply feeds and fertilisers to stimulate healthy grass and suppress unwanted growth of moss and weeds.
Keep on mowing. Try to establish a definite mowing pattern and stick to it. If the weather has been dry remember to water and soak your lawn thoroughly, allowing the water to fully penetrate to the grass roots.
Midsummer is the time of year when a lack of rainfall can leave your lawn dry and lacking in nutrients. Water in a second application of fertiliser and if you have a lawnmower with a mulching option, now is the time to use it. Mulching will return nutrients to the grass and form a thin layer of mulch, helping to retain moisture in the lawn.
Keep mowing your grass regularly and remember to keep the blades on a high setting; longer, thicker grass will protect the roots and soil from excessive heat. Cracks caused by draught can be filled in with a suitable mixture of soil and sharp sand. This mixture needs to be watered in thoroughly.
It is a good idea to keep your cutting height high, allowing the grass to start thickening in time for winter as a protection for the roots against early frosts. Apply an autumn/winter feed and treatment.
October Remove thatch and thoroughly aerate the grass. Spike severely compacted areas to improve drainage and follow up by brushing in sharp sand and soil mixture. Continue to cut the grass on a high setting.
Remove worm casts from the lawn surface with a stiff broom. If the lawn is very wet try to stay off it. Mowing at this time of year will simply compact the soil, slowing down drainage that will lead to water logging.
Treat your lawn in a similar way as you would in November. Mow on a high setting if there is a mild spell of weather. There you have it, a quick guide to keeping your lawn in peak condition throughout the year.
Please feel free to call us at LawnmowersDirect on tel. 01245 383565 if you need any further advice on lawn maintenance or garden machinery to keep your garden in peak condition all year.