Monthly Maintenance Guide
Avoid walking on the lawn during a frost as this can damage the grass leaving it open to lawn diseases and other problems.
When the weather is dry remove any debris that has not being previously collected such as leaves.
Continue to stay off the grass to avoid damaging the grass in wet or frosty weather.
Tackle any moss issues by applying an iron sulphate treatment to the lawn, this will discourage moss and other lawn disease issues.
Get the mower out and check that it’s in good working order and arrange a service if required.
The weather will now start to pick up with the beginning of spring. You may wish to give the grass it’s first cut of the year, especially if the winter has been mild the grass will have continued to grow. Set the mower at the highest setting and give the grass a very light trim. Cutting the grass too short at this time will weaken the lawn leaving it vulnerable to potential weed and moss. There is also a danger that the lawn will look very pale and yellow in colour.
Hopefully, the weather will continue to get warmer. You will need to watch out for the late frosts and continue to avoid walking on the lawn if they occur. Mow the lawn more frequently when the weather permits and avoid mowing too short. Apply a good quality spring summer fertiliser to give your lawn a boost following the hard winter months and over seed any bare areas they may have appeared due to moss treatments or leaf damage. This the time to be really step up the lawn care so you will yield great results in the summer. Investing in good quality spreader will help with applying lawn care treatments and is well worth the investment.
Regular mowing will encourage the lawn to thicken, you can now lower the cutting height. If you have not already done so, over seed any bare areas and apply a premium fertiliser.
In the ideal world if you can mow your lawn twice you will reap the rewards. Apply a further feed if the lawn is showing any sign of stress and include a weed killer if required.
If the growing conditions are good, you will need to continue to mow your lawn twice a week. If you have a prolonged dry period, it may be necessary to water your lawn and you may want to spike the lawn if the ground has become hard so the water can penetrate the ground. Consider when is the best time to mow the lawn depending on the weather it may be better to mow in the evening when it is cooler. If you haven’t already applied a summer feed do it now but make sure to apply it when rain is expected, in the early morning due or water manually once applied. It is essential it is well watered in. failure to do so will scorch the lawn and could cause irreparable damage.
Continue lawn care as per June & July.
Continue to mow the lawn as often as required, it should lessen as the temperature starts to cool down Autumn is a great time to carry out additional lawn treatments. To help reduce the build up of thatch scarify your lawn, a light scarification is best, remove the thatch build-up and over seed. If you have heavily used the lawn during the summer months the lawn may have become compacted, use an aerator to get air back into the lawn, this will help to improve the quality of the lawn and help to reduce issues arising in the future. This is also a good time to over seed any wear that has occurred over the summer, it is still warmth enough for the seed to germinate. Apply a slow release autumn feed and you have now prepared well for the lawn to stay strong and healthy over the winter and will help to keep disease at bay.
Raise the height of your mower and mow less frequently. If you haven’t already applied a fertiliser do it now.
Try and keep on top of removing any leaves, leaves left on the lawn can cause issues with disease over the winter. You can also arete the lawn in October you missed doing it in September.
It is possible if the grass is still growing that you may need to mow the lawn in November, if this is the case lift the cutting height to the highest setting. Continue to remove fallen leaves. Consider servicing the mower before putting it away for the winter.
Generally, this is a quiet month, any growth is generally at a minimum. keep off the lawn as much as possible and continue to blow off any leaves.