Annual Lawn Care Calendar: Spring, Summer Autumn & Winter Lawn Care Advice from GardenLines
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Winter Lawn Care Advice: January
January can be quiet in the garden. If there is a frost avoid walking on your lawn as this can damage the grass leaving it open to lawn diseases and other problems. When the weather is fine brush away debris or leaves that have fallen on the grass. Why not take a look at our winter lawn care tips too.
If you have a moss problem now can be a good time to apply a lawn treatment. This can help your lawn look better by the time the spring comes around!
Winter Lawn Care Advice: February
There is not much to be done to the lawn in February as the weather tends to be very cold still. Continue to stay off the grass if you can if there has been a frost, walking on your lawn when there’s been a frost can damage it.
Continue or begin to tackle any moss problems by applying a sulphate treatment to your lawn. This can discourage the moss issue and also any lawn disease problems.
With March just around the corner now might be a good time to get the mower out and check it all works well. It may well need a service.
We've got a few more winter lawn care tips too.
Spring Lawn Care Advice: March
Typically March marks the start of spring and is the month when the weather picks up and lawn care becomes more important. If the weather has been fine and you’ve seen some good lawn growth you may give your grass the first cut of the year.
When cutting your lawn for the first time only give it a small trim. Set your mower to its highest cutting setting. If you cut the grass too short it is more likely to let weeds and moss root in. It can also lead to the dreaded yellow lawn look.
Spring Lawn Care Advice: April
As spring continues the weather is more likely to be consistently warmer. Be aware that the odd frost can still fall so don’t cut the grass too short and avoid walking on the lawn if there has been a frost. You will probably find that you will be mowing the lawn more frequently now too.
April is the time to apply a fertiliser to your lawn to encourage growth – particularly if you’ve been treating a moss problem which can leave your lawn looking bare. If you do have some bare patches sow some grass seeds. Being rigorous with lawn care during the spring will yield great results in the summer.
Spring Lawn Care Advice: May
Regular mowing of your lawn during late spring will keep it looking neat and tidy. Lawn growth will really pick up around May. You can start to lower the cutting height of your mower as the risk of frosts falls too.
Apply weed treatments to your lawn carefully if you need to keep your grass looking good.
Summer Lawn Care Advice: June
It is likely that your lawn will need to be mowed twice a week during June. During the summer it is important to keep on top of lawn care, this will help keep the grass looking healthy and green. Continue to apply weed killers to the lawn if and when necessary. Raking your lawn will help control some weed growth.
Summer Lawn Care Advice: July
Like you did in June, you will probably need to mow your lawn more than once a week. The summer is likely to be in full swing around now. You will notice periods of rapid lawn growth with any good weather. Keep on top of your lawn care routine to ensure that your grass is in peak condition.
During these summer months it may even be necessary to water your lawn if the weather has been particularly dry. For the best results aerate your lawn by spiking it with a rake or using a scarifier or aerator and then water. Alternatively, mow your lawn in the evening during hot periods as this reduces the risk of excessive dehydration.
At this time of year you may also want to apply a fertiliser to your lawn to encourage strong and healthy growth.
Summer Lawn Care Advice: August
Continue to care for your lawn as you have done earlier in the earlier summer months. Mow your lawn regularly but avoid cutting it too short as this can cause the lawn to dry out.
Late summer can be a good time to feed your lawn. With the weather typically being quite dry the nutrients in the soil are quickly depleted. Apply a fertiliser to your lawn to replenish any missing nutrients.
Continue to water the lawn if necessary. Remember it is best to do this in the evenings or early in the morning. This gives the water a chance to sink into the lawn rather than evaporate.
Autumn Lawn Care Advice: September
The beginning of the autumn is a busy time for the serious lawn enthusiast. Your lawn care routine will change slightly. You will need to continue to mow the lawn as often as necessary. You will find that you need to do this less as temperatures begin to get cooler and the days start to become shorter.
Now can be a good time to scarify your lawn. It will help reduce the build up of thatch that is likely to have accrued over the summer.
You may also want to aerate your lawn as it can become compacted over the summer months with people and pets walking over it. Aerating the lawn lets the air get back to its roots.
If you have bare patches on your lawn, the early autumn can be a good time to add some lawn seed. The weather is still warm enough so that the seeds can bed in but not so warm that they dehydrate.
Sticking to a thorough lawn care routine throughout the autumn can help your lawn throughout the colder winter months. Applying an autumn fertiliser is a good idea and can help your lawn stay strong and healthy during the winter.
Autumn Lawn Care Advice: October
As the autumn really beds in you will notice the growth of your lawn really does start to slow down. You should now raise the cutting height of your mower.
If you have yet to apply a winter fertiliser to your lawn then now is the time to do so. This will help keep your lawn healthy and strong during the winter months.
Keep your lawn clear of any fallen leaves. A covering of leaves on your lawn can cause problems with damp and disease. If you do this once a week it makes it easier to keep on top of.
October can be another good month during which to aerate your lawn. Using an aerator or spiking the lawn manually will allow the rain to easily get to the lawn roots.
Following the this lawn care advice should keep you busy during the autumn months and help your lawn during the winter.
Winter Lawn Care Advice: November
You may still need to mow your lawn during November, if this is the case ensure your mower is set to one of its highest cutting settings.
As the winter is almost up on us, now is a good time to give your mower blade a good clean or to give the whole mower a service before putting it to bed until the spring.
Continue to remove any fallen leaves from the lawn to reduce the risk of disease. If any early frosts fall remember not to walk on the lawn to reduce the risk of damaging it. Why not take a look at our winter lawn care tips too.
Winter Lawn Care Advice: December
In terms of lawn care your routine, things will really slow down around now. Frosts are more likely to fall and there may even be snow so avoid walking on your lawn as this can damage it.
When the lawn is not frozen or very wet continue to keep it free from fallen leaves and other debris to reduce the risk of any lawn diseases.
For more related reading, view our winter lawn care tips
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