Getting a great looking lawn all year round requires only a little knowledge and a small amount of hard work.
January is a quiet month in the lawn care calendar. There is relatively little you can do, because the weather conditions do not benefit productive lawn care – so take some time off!
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.
April 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.
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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 arrangements 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.
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 a 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.