Lawn Care Diary

Looking after your lawn throughout the year

January

  • Existing customers should look out for LawnsOne renewal letters early this month.
  • Keep the lawn clear of leaves and other debris to allow light, air and nutrients to reach the surface.
  • Keep off the lawn if it’s frozen or waterlogged.

February

  • Prepayments can be accepted until the end of February – for a 5% discount on treatments.
  • Lawns can be spiked this early if ground conditions allow promoting deep rooting and healthy grass for spring.
  • Keep the lawn clear of leaves and other debris to allow light, air and nutrients to reach the surface.
  • Brush off worm casts with a besom broom on a dry day.
  • Keep off the lawn if it’s frozen or waterlogged.

March

April

  • Grass really gets growing!
  • Main tasks this month will be feeding and cutting
  • Remove grass clipping from the lawn at this time of year and compost them if you can
  • Weed treatment may be needed
  • Still time for turfing or seeding – renovating a tired lawn

May

  • Still time to overseed, providing seed is kept consistently moist.
  • Top dressing can be done during May before the summer arrives
  • Herbicide can be applied to control weeds – provided the weather conditions are suitable.
  • Cutting once or twice a week depending on growth (cut height can be lowered slowly but try to resist taking too much off)
  • Keep an eye on signs of disease or pest damage
  • Ants may also be a problem this month (depending on the weather).  We have a product you can purchase – just ask the technician.
  • An early summer fertiliser can be applied to keep the lawn healthy going into the drier weather of summer.

June

  • Regular cutting – once or twice a week to strengthen and thicken the grass (but don’t be tempted to cut it too short).
  • Summer feed can be applied.
  • Seeding can be done if the weather and ground conditions are suitable.  Seed will only germinate if it is kept moist all the time – it must not be allowed to dry out.
  • Weeds may still be present – herbicide should only be applied where needed and only if the weather is suitable, it needs to be dry, not too hot and definitely not windy!
  • Keep the lawn clear of debris and if possible move garden furniture around every now and then to give the grass a chance.
  • Keep an eye out for diseases.

July

  • A summer feed is likely to be needed if it hasn’t already been applied.
  • Keep an eye out for Red Thread
  • Maintain regular mowing and keep the cut height raised, especially in dry weather, to avoid stressing the grass. If necessary small clippings can be left on the lawn as these can provide up to 30% of the required nutrients. This should only be done during late spring and summer when decomposition is quick.
  • Keep the lawn clear of debris and if possible move furniture or play equipment around to different areas of the lawn.
  • Keep your eye on weeds but avoid application of herbicide in hot/dry weather.

August

  • Keep up the cutting if the grass is growing
  • Make sure mower blades are sharp as torn or badly cut grass can invite disease
  • Water – your grass is a living thing!

Between Mid-August & October

  • Adult Crane Flies (Daddy Long Legs) are emerging and laying their eggs. The eggs hatch a few weeks afterwards and feed on plant roots. They can even overwinter if it’s mild and can cause damage the following summer!
  • Aeration is crucial to creating a great lawn allowing air, water and nutrients to get down to the grass roots.
  • Ideal time to get rid of thatch in the lawn by scarifying.

October

  • Don’t forget to drain down irrigation systems before winter.
  • Still time to seed or turf this month – weather and ground conditions allowing
  • Hollow tine aeration can be done this month as can scarification
  • Rake any fallen leaves/keep the lawn clear of debris
  • Weeds – as the temperature drops the weeds will recede and the window for killing them will have gone until next spring.
  • Keep an eye out for disease, different weather patterns encourage different diseases!

Between Autumn & Spring

  • Keep an eye out for Chafer Grub activity (grubs are reaching maturity and you may notice damage to the lawn)

November

  • Moss treatment during autumn/winter will help ensure you don’t have a problem in the spring
  • Worm treatment can be applied now
  • Keep your eye out for diseases such as Fusarium
  • Aeration or spiking can be done now
  • Mowing will be coming to an end, depending on the weather and ground conditions, while still mowing it is essential to check the mower blades – they must be kept sharp to avoid stressing the grass. Blunt blades can also encourage disease.
  • Keep the lawn clear of debris such as fallen leaves to make sure that light, air and nutrients can reach the grass.
  • Garden repair work can still be done if the weather is suitable, for example, levelling and small turf repairs.
  • Keep of the lawn if there is frost as walking on it can cause damage which although not always permanent will look unsightly.

December

  • Now is the ideal time to sharpen mower blades while the mower is not being used regularly
  • Rake leaves/other debris off lawn to make sure that air can circulate and help the grass to dry off following wet weather.
  • Keep off the lawn if it is frosty as you can cause damage by walking on it – it may not be permanent but can be unsightly until it recovers.
  • Be prepared for some remedial work to be required in the spring once the winter is over.

September

  • Growth may be starting to slow down by the end of September/early October so you can begin reducing the frequency of mowing and gradually increase the cutting height if necessary.
  • Aeration can be done now provided weather and ground conditions are suitable.  It is not advisable to do this when the weather is not too dry as it could do more harm than good.
  • Scarification can be done now for general maintenance of the lawn or moss control.
  • If moss is a big problem treatment can be applied now, following scarification.
  • Rust on lawns – can be identified easily as when you walk on the lawn your shoes will be covered in a yellow “dust”.