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Lawn Maintenance Calandar


  • Do nothing if ground is frozen and then wait until the ground temp in above 10ºC
  • Check for damage especially if used over the winter for games and sports. If climatic and ground conditions allow mow sward by ‘topping off’. If possible, aerate to 125mm depth.
  • February

  • Carry out a thorough inspection of the garden to identify and worn areas; this will be especially important it is used for winter games.
  • Start to set out the stripes for the lawns, this will aid presentation and efficiency of cut.
  • March

  • Check for any small undulations in the lawn and top-dress them out.
  • Make any final repairs to worn areas especially to the pathways areas.
  • April

  • Measure out stripes for mowing, making sure to measure accurately to create the chequer board presentation.
  • Mow lawn as growth demands. Slowly reduce the height of the cut to approximately 40mm throughout this month.
  • Monitor the lawn for weed invasion and make planes to apply selective herbicides (seaweed based Feed, Weed & Moss killer mix) when growth is strong ground and climatic conditions allow. This would usually be towards May time.
  • May

  • Early use of the lawn should provide feedback of any slight depressions which may need attention to maintain an even and safe playing surface.
  • Solid Tine Aeration of the lawns can also be considered, before the soil dries out too much.
  • Scarification, to reduce and control undesirable thatch build-up, is also ideally undertaken now.
  • A light fertiliser (seaweed based Feed, Weed & Moss killer mix) application for the lawn can also be given, if needed, especially after any aeration and scarification work.
  • Mow regularly now to usually once per week and aim for height of cut of 25cm.
  • June

  • Try to maintain a consistent height of cut when mowing, 25mm on average. Box-off clippings to maintain a high presentational quality. Make sure that all the small areas of damage are repaired if time and climatic conditions allow.
  • July

  • As with June, continue to mow at a consistent height of cut (25mm). This should take place on average once a week but climatic and ground conditions can allow 10 days.
  • August

  • Throughout this month continue to mow as required, removing the clippings. If the lawn surface is dry or there is a prolonged dry spell, lift the height of the cut slightly to reduce sward stress. The standard height of cut will be 25-35mm.
  • September

  • Now is the month to reduce the amount of mowing; also the height of cut should be raised to 35mm after the final barbeque. Many gardens are also used for winter sports and games such as football, so now is the time to repair and areas worn or damaged by over-seeding and top-dressing.
  • October

  • Mow as required but this should be much less frequent.
  • Scarify to 0.5mm and Aerate to 125mm throughout this month to maintain surface drainage and root development.
  • November & December

  • Mow as required.
  • Blow or sweep all leaves off the lawn, leaving lack of light damage to the grass and encourage moulds.
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