January is a quiet month in the lawn care calendar. There is relatively little you can do as the weather conditions do not benefit productive lawn care.
It’s probably a good idea to start thinking about your lawn, and what needs to be done. Have a quick check of your lawnmower and other garden equipment to ensure that it is in good working condition. Start up any mechanical tools to make sure that they still work and haven’t been affected by the winter cold.
Check that your lawnmower blade is sharp ensuring a clean cut when mowing the lawn, and that you have enough trimming line for your grass trimmer. If not, Genuine spare and accessories can be purchased online at the Official Flymo Webshop (www.shop.flymo.co.uk).
The soil conditions may be right, allowing you to make the first cut of the season. Make sure the grass is dry and that you make the first cut of the grass on the highest cutting height.
Never cut more than a third of the grass blade off in one go to avoid over stressing the grass. Cutting the grass before scarifying will also help loosen any thick patches of thatch making it easier to remove thatch when you scarify the lawn.
Gradually reduce the cutting height throughout the month and the beginning of the next until you reach your preferred grass height.
Start to think about preparing your lawn for the months ahead. Lay any weed or moss killer on your lawn where needed. Also consider adding a spring fertiliser to the lawn to help rejuvenate it.
In April the weather begins to get a little warmer and there is still moisture in the grass. The grass begins growing again making it the ideal time of year to scarify your lawn removing any excess thatch and moss. A Flymo Lawnrake is the perfect garden tool for this task.
Remember: never remove moss without killing it first. Because moss does not have roots, if it is spoaring, by scarifying it before it is dead you will simply spread it across the lawn.
This is likely to be the ideal time to sow some additional grass seed to any bare patches of the lawn. If you are planning on growing grass in areas of the garden that have lots of shade consider using a seed specifically designed for this purpose. This is readily available in most good retailers and garden centres.
You have probably managed to cut the lawn down to the height you want by now, after the winter growth. This is the ideal time to add stripes to your lawn if you want them. Use a lawnmower with a rear roller to do this. A lawnmower in the Flymo Chevron Range is the perfect for this.
The grass is growing at its fastest rate, meaning that you may have to mow your lawn once or twice a week. You may also find that the lawn requires watering. When doing this ensure that you water deeply and occasionally. This will encourage the grass to root deeply reducing the need for you to water the lawn. It is also a more efficient way to water the lawn than watering a little daily as less water is lost via evaporation.
Many people start to go on their summer holidays in July and into August making them the most challenging months in the lawn care calendar. Make arrangement for someone to look after your lawn, flowers and other areas of your garden while you are away.
Often the hottest month in the UK. You may need to water the lawn more frequently than before. Extreme heat may scorch the lawn and turn it brown. If it is hot for long periods allow the grass to grow slightly longer to protect the soil from the heat. The heat will remove the moisture from the soil preventing grass growth.
It’s now a little cooler and you are cutting your grass less often. The grass is still growing however making it the perfect time to scarify your lawn one last time before the end of the year. When mowing the lawn raise the cutting height to allow it to grow thicker helping protect it from moss and disease.
Aerate the lawn with a garden fork or an aerator to reduce the compaction of the spoil and to help improve the drainage of your lawn and encourage healthy grass growth.
The weather conditions are also ideal to sow grass seed on any worn or damaged areas of the lawn, like round children’s play equipment or pathways.
The autumn has arrived and the leaves are falling from the trees. Fallen leaves left on the lawn can block out the sunlight from reaching the grass and in effect suffocating the lawn resulting in it dying.
Adding a good autumn/winter fertiliser to your lawn will help the lawn survive the winter and harsher conditions. Autumn fertilisers differ from summer fertilisers as they release their nutrients more slowly making them ideal to use when use in the garden is limited.
Now the weather is a little wetter. Spike your lawn with a garden fork to relieve any compaction of the soil. This will help prevent water from pooling on the lawn and damaging it. It will also help oxygen reach the grass roots which is essential for healthy grass growth. Soil compaction is big problem around areas of the garden that are used frequently like pathways and children’s play equipment.
Christmas is nearly here and so are the harsh winter frosts. Avoid stepping on the lawn when it is frozen to avoid breaking and damaging the grass.