Lawn Care

All Year Round Lawn Care Tips

January

JanThere is very little work to do this month apart from brushing away leaves. Keep off the grass if frozen or waterlogged.

February

FebRake the grass thoroughly. Spike the lawn to aerate and stimulate soil organisms and root growth and apply lawn sand if necessary.

March

MarThe yearly lawn work programme really starts this month. As soon as the ground conditions are suitable, the first cut can be made. The first cut should merely "top" the grass as close cutting at this stage could result in severe yellowing or browning. Two cuts are generally sufficient this month.

April

AprMow often enough to stop grass growing away. Dig out patches of coarse grass or resistant weed. Re-seed bare patches.

May

MayKeep mowing increasing the frequency as required. Treat with selective weed killers or combined weed/feed preparations if you did not feed the lawn in April.

June

JunSummer mowing should now be under way. It should be necessary to mow the lawn twice a week. Raking before mowing is important this month as the combined action keeps runners of clover under control. Water the grass if necessary, and remember to soak thoroughly.

July

JulTreat the grass with the second application of fertiliser or weed killer/fertiliser. Water when necessary and rake occasionally. As a general rule the grass clippings should be removed each time you mow. If weather conditions are dry and hot and the grass is weed free, leave the clippings on the lawn to help maintain ground moisture.

August

AugKeep mowing regularly and watering as necessary. Fill any cracks caused by drought with a mixture of sharp sand and soil. In dry weather conditions leave the grass longer to help retain ground moisture.

September

SeptRaise the height of cut to allow the grass to thicken and protect the roots from the winter frost and snow.

October

OctRake out the thatch from the turf and spike the lawn to assist in drainage. Brush in peat and sharp sand.

November

NovUse a stiff broom to disperse worm casts before mowing. Keep turf free from leaves.

December

DecApart from brushing away leaves, December is a slack end of a busy year. Keep off the lawn if it is very wet or frozen.