Make managing your lawns & gardens as easy as possible with monthly & seasonal care

 

As a quick monthly and seasonal guide to making your lawns and garden as easy as possible to manage, follow our month by month tips:

January/February

  1. Regularly remove leaves and debris
  2. Service mower and ensure blades are sharp
  3. Stay off the lawn if frozen or waterlogged

March/April

  1. Spring clean your garden, tidy it up, get the soil and lawn ready for the best start to the better weather. Start by hoeing and mulching flower beds to get them under control early, divide overgrown perennials, plant summer bulbs
  2. Jet wash those paths, patios and decking to remove debris and avoid slippery surfaces
  3. Scarify your lawn, especially if it is more than 12 months old. This will revive your turf, by removing the moss and thatch to encourage healthy grass growth
  4. Remove by hand or spot treat coarse grasses and weeds
  5. Aerate your lawn to relieve soil compaction by creating small holes in the soil that allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots as this helps the roots to grow more, deeper and stronger. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn
  6. Apply Topdressing along with other lawn care. The sooner this is done in March the more time you save over the year and the better your lawn will be for growth and ease of maintenance
  7. You can start to mow the lawn once the warmer weather begins to generate turf growth, the frequency of this can then gradually increase as the weather gets warmer
  8. Improve patches and edges with new turf or lawn seed
  9. Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf, or the soil. It’s an easy way to sort out patches and improve the density of your lawn and enhance colour. Always overseed with seasonal lawn seed if your lawn is more than 12 months

May/June

  1. Treat weeds and moss on lawns that are more than 12 months old by using seasonal lawn feed, weed and moss killer
  2. Gradually increase mowing now the weather is improving. Mowing little and often is the key to greater grass density, growth and great colour
  3. Aerate your lawn to relieve soil compaction by creating small holes in the soil that allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots as this helps the roots to grow more, deeper and stronger. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn
  4. Remove by hand or spot treat coarse grasses and weeds
  5. If rainfall is low, water the lawn wisely when required

July/August

  1. Remove weeds by hand or spot treat these and any coarse grass
  2. If you have the very common lawn pests, Chafer Grub and Leather Jacket grubs that eat the roots of lawn grasses and, causing yellowing and death of the grass apply a child/pet-friendly killer. This will also help protect the roots of small and young plants, both ornamental and vegetables
  3. Use water wisely, but to maintain colour in summer, more watering will probably be required
  4. In times of drought, your lawn may go brown and dormant, but this will soon recover once rainfall returns
  5. If you are going on holiday, make arrangements to have your lawn mowed as routine is vital to maintaining your lawn to keep it at its best all year round

September/October

  1. Scarify your lawn, especially if it is more than 12 months old. This will revive your turf, by removing the moss and thatch to encourage healthy grass growth
  2. Start to decrease mowing as grass growth slows down and raise the height of the cut as winter approaches to keep grass density
  3. Aerate your lawn to relieve soil compaction by creating small holes in the soil that allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots as this helps the roots to grow more, deeper and stronger. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn
  4. Repair damaged or worn areas with new turf or lawn seed
  5. Apply Topdressing along with other lawn care to help look after and maintain your lawn as the season changes. This will help to make maintenance easier once Spring comes about
  6. Over late autumn and through to the spring you will get squiggles of soil from worms on the surface of your lawn, these are worm casts. They come from earthworms that live in the root zone of the soil and are basically their poo, or Worm Hills instead of what you and I know as Mole Hills. The best thing to do with your worm casts is to let them dry before brushing with a stiff broom. To prevent worm casts, make sure you clear autumn leaves otherwise this encourages them, as do, grass clippings or any other decaying matter. Applying a worm cast control product now helps to control not kill the worms, by creating a barrier in the soil that the worms don’t like, they therefore stay deeper in the soil and don’t cause problems with your lawn
  7. Finally, feed with an autumn lawn food or treat established lawns containing weeds and moss with a lawn feed, weed and moss killer

November/December

  1. Regularly remove leaves and debris
  2. Mow the lawn if it is still growing, but keep the cut high
  3. Prune and thin foliage surrounding your lawn.
  4. Clean and oil all equipment before putting into winter storage

For help in getting your lawn and garden off to the best start in 2020 get in touch with Bryn, a fully qualified and experienced lawn expert that will provide you with a personal monthly care and maintenance plan: 07879 774171

 

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