If you want your lawn to look lush & healthy all year round, all it takes is a little know-how and some good timing. Follow our guide to learn what to do and when to do it.
Depending on where you live, you will probably need to start mowing your lawn around March. Experts recommend that you cut no more than 1/3 of the length of your grass, as this prevents excessive water loss and damage. You will also need to consider how much wear & tear your lawn is going to experience. If your lawn will be heavily used, cut it a little longer in order to avoid bald patches and other damage. Grass in heavily shaded areas, such as beneath a tree, will also benefit by being cut slightly longer.
Spring is an excellent time to rake away old leaves, twigs and debris that may have accumulated over the winter. It’s also the perfect time to feed your lawn with a good long-term fertiliser and sow some grass seed if necessary.
As the weather gets hotter, it’s important to make sure your soil and your lawn don’t dry out. Water your lawn early in the morning or later on in the evening in order to avoid evaporation. One square metre of grass will need approximately 20 litres of water every 7 days. Be sure to water your lawn when you notice the soil getting dry and before the grass turns yellow or brown.
It’s more important than ever that you don’t cut your grass too short during dry weather, as this can seriously deplete your lawn of moisture and nutrients. If you are experiencing a particularly hot, dry summer you may need to apply some extra fertiliser.
There is an excellent online guide on cutting stripes into your lawn here.
The best time to stop cutting your grass will depend on the climate you live in and how mild the autumn has been – you may need to keeping mowing your lawn right up until late November. When you do give your lawn its last cut of the year, leave it slightly longer than usual.
It’s important to rake away leaves during the autumn, as rotting leaves can spread disease and harbour pests. Autumn is also a good time to aerate any areas that have become compacted over the summer months. If you wish, you can buy specialist autumn fertilisers to keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter.
Your lawn will need very little attention during the winter months. As you won’t be cutting it, it’s a good time to take your lawnmower in for a service.
Continue raking up leaves and debris that could smother your lawn if left unchecked. Keep an eye out for water puddles- this is a sign of compacted soil, which should be aerated when spring comes around. Finally, avoid the temptation to walk on frosty grass, as this can cause damage.
Remember that just like any other plant, your lawn is a living thing that requires a certain level of care & attention. Follow the tips above to keep your lawn looking healthy, green and beautiful all year round.