With winter set in, hard frosts and wet weather, avoid walking on your lawn. If the ground is not frozen or waterlogged then remove leaves with a rake or blower. Also remove any heavier debris such as twigs etc. A great time to book your lawnmower in for an annual service, there are usually special deals on and faster turnaround times at this time of the year. Beat the summer rush.
If there is still frost, frozen ground or a waterlogged lawn then keep off it. Only when weather is better should you remove the worm casts by brushing with a broom and remove leaves etc with a rake or leaf blower.
Time to get busy. Temperatures should usually be high enough to mean there is significant grass growth occurring. Before you start cutting the lawn you should rake it with a spring tine rake which will ensure the grass “sits up” for your lawnmower. Do not cut your grass to short, adjust your mower setting for the cutting height so that just the tips of your grass are removed. You should only need to mow the lawn about twice during March. Trim the lawn edges and around any other items using a grass trimmer. Repair any damage to lawn edges. At the end of March it is time to scarify your lawn using a lawn Scarifier or spring tine rake. This removes the dead grass or thatch. If you have a build up of moss in your lawn it is important you kill the moss before scarifying, if you do not do this then you will spread live moss spores and end up with even more moss.
Time to apply a lawn fertiliser to feed the lawn or a lawn weed control product where necessary. Use a lawn aerator to aerate areas of the lawn where you get heavy footfall leading to soil compaction that prevents drainage. It is best to use a hollow tine aerator which removes cores from your lawn. You should continue to mow the lawn reducing the cutter height a little. Never take more than a third off the height of the grass.
Reduce the cutter height of the mower again. The amount of times you need to mow will increase as the grass will be growing more vigorously now due to the warmer weather and any recent application of fertiliser. Keep the lawn edges trimmed using a line trimmer or lawn edging shears.
It may be now necessary to mow twice a week depending on the weather. If the rainfall is low then you should water the lawn thoroughly but not frequently, this will encourage deep root growth which leads to a healthier lawn. If you still have some weeds in your lawn then apply a lawn weed treatment, this should only be done when the soil is moist.
Mow your lawn as often as the growth of the grass dictates and trim the lawn edges. Water thoroughly if rainfall is low. You can apply a lawn fertiliser at recommended levels to help with the health and greenness of your lawn.
Continue to mow regularly at a low cutting height, trim the lawn edges. Again if you still have some weeds then apply a lawn weed treatment, but only when the soil is moist.
As we approach Autumn you will need to remove worm casts before mowing by brushing with a hard bristle broom. Continue to mow as necessary and if still required water your lawn. Mowing frequency will decrease as the days shorten and temperatures begin to fall. Aerate the lawn if it has had heavy traffic during the summer, you should the top dress the area you have aerated. Carry out lawn repairs including smoothing out bumps and hollows, overseed areas that are a little worn and repair lawn edges where required. Late September you will need to scarify the lawn to remove any build-up of dead grass. If you still have any moss remove it now making sure you have first killed it to avoid the spreading of live spores. Removing thatch by scarifying helps remove the type of environment that many lawn diseases enjoy. If you have a lawn that is made up of fine grass that has some coarse grass appearing in it then this is the perfect time to remove the areas of coarse grass and reseed with fine grass varieties. Look out for any lawn fungal diseases and seek professional advice on suitable treatments.
Last chance to aerate, top dress or feed your lawn before the winter. You should be raising the height of cut on your lawnmower again and reducing the amount of mowing times. Remove any leaves or debris from your lawn with either a leaf blower or a rake.
If your lawn still requires mowing the set height of cut at its highest setting. This month should be your final cut, after that final cut you should clean down the lawnmower. A good time to book your lawnmower in for a winter service at KGM Ltd your local mower service/repair centre. Speak to the specialist about Aspen Fuel products for winter storage of your lawnmower.
If possible try not to walk on the lawn. If the ground is not frozen or waterlogged you can remove leaves and heavier debris such as fallen branches.
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