Here at Pennine Lawn Care we aim to serve you with the most professional and cost effective service we can in all aspects of our work and one way of doing that is to ensure you are aware of what conditions your lawn is facing in the 4 seasons of the year. Below is our lawn calendar with information on what your lawn is experiencing at throughout the different seasons in the year and what you can do to ensure it survives through what can be harsh times. Maintenance is important so following some of the lawn maintenance tips below can make a significant difference to your lawn. Even when we are treating your lawn, in most cases a little extra nurturing can make a lawn a lot happier
Spring time is the prime growing season for grass and the ideal time for fertilising your lawn, moss control, aeration/spiking and scarification. Aeration will ensure your grass receives the moisture it needs by improving surface drainage. Scarification will remove dead moss and thatch leaving your lawn healthier for the increased soil conditions. Lawns will recover quickly and benefit from early feeding combined with warmth and moisture alongside a little extra treat of top dressing and over seeding. The spring time is also an ideal time to treat any weeds that are actively growing and competing with the grasses. Mowing should be frequent but keep your mowing height as high as possible and start with just a little trim. Spring is also an ideal time to re-turf your lawn too.
Depending on weather conditions, lawns that have been treated with feed and herbicides should be looking at their best. Weeds will need a second treatment which we include in our summer application as part of our seasonal programme. Lawns can be scorched and damaged by long periods of dry weather; remember to water your lawn in summer to generally maintain its health and regularly mow your lawn in alternate directions to a height of 1.5 inches. Pest’s, diseases and fungal diseases can affect your lawns health and appearance at this time of year, please visit our common problems page if you suspect any attack. Avoid any lawn renovations in the summer as the conditions for recovery aren’t great. Maintaining your lawns condition is the main job through summer.
Problems facing your lawn at this time could be moss infestation, compaction, dry patch, chafer grubs, leather jackets plus many more conditions found on our common problems page. This is an ideal time to treat and renovate any lawn that has suffered from the above problems due to either an overly dry or extremely wet summer and any renovations will ensure your lawn is healthy for the coming winter months. Scarification and aeration should be carried out in early autumn to allow for recovery. Another important job in the autumn is to ensure any fallen leaves are removed from your lawn ASAP. Any leaves hanging around on your lawn for longer than a day or two is damaging it. Making sure your lawn receives the correct care in the autumn will increase its chances of surviving the winter months.
Water logging can be a problem this time of year due to the wetter weather. This can be prevented by regular aeration. If the chance to aerate was missed in the autumn, then you can alleviate the water logging temporarily by spiking your lawn with a hand fork and applying a mixture of sand and soil on the surface.
Mole and worm activity can be troublesome through the winter months; contact us for problems with moles and brush away worm casts as these can cause mud patches. We can apply a product to drive the worms’ underground which in turn alleviates the mole problem. Fusarium and algae can be a problem in the winter time, visit our common problems page for more details. Mowing and any renovations should be put on hold until the spring comes back around.
Jan & Feb – Giving your lawn very high cut (topping) on a dry day will keep it tidy but keep the cut as high as possible and maybe mow only once a month.
March – Give your lawn a trim on the highest setting on your mower to tidy it up for the growing season.
April – Mowing should be become more frequent – every 2 weeks.
May & June – Start lowering the cut on your mower and you should aim to give it a trim every week.
July & August – If the weather isn’t too hot or dry then follow the above instructions for May & June. However if too hot – you should raise the mowing height and mow every 2 weeks. This makes the lawn more drought tolerable. If just dry – keep the height but mow less regularly.
September – You can follow the instructions for May & June but make sure you mow on a dry day.
October & November – Raise your cut again if you lowered it in September and mow every 2 -3 weeks until the end of November and then give your lawn its last regular mow.
December – If there’s a dry day and the lawn is looking unruly then give it a trim to neaten it up.
Alternating the direction of the cut will improve the thickness of your lawn and control thick meadow grasses. Never cut your grass shorter than 1 – 1.1/2 inches and never remove more than 1/3 of its overall length at one time. Do not scalp the grass especially in dry weather and always avoid cutting the grass when it’s wet. Always leave it a couple of days after a shower before getting the mower out.
Prolonged periods of dry weather can cause damage to your lawn. If we have more than 2 weeks of dry weather then your lawn will need watering otherwise it will stop growing and then dry out. If after walking on it your grass it stays flat and does not spring back up then it requires water ASAP. There are many factors to consider before watering your lawn such as: a properly fertilised lawn will require less moisture, soil type, grass type and the length of exposure to the sun. However, if you stick the guidelines below – you and your lawn will be absolutely fine!
To water correctly if you have a sprinkler, you should leave a jar with a line ½ inch from the bottom of the container under your sprinkler and when the water reaches the line, move the sprinkler and start again.
It is better to water heavily once a week than every night (at least ½ an inch every time.)
Early morning or late afternoon/early evenings are the best times to water your lawn.
Watering every night will encourage the roots to turn towards the damp surface and encourage moss. However – when you’ve had new lawns laid or have had renovations then daily watering for the first week or so is essential to establish the initial root growth.
If you find that when watering the water sits on top of your lawn and doesn’t absorb – you probably have compaction and you should let us know ASAP. There is a very simple solution to this and you can find more information on our common problems page.
If you’re worried about the cost due to your water meter – an average lawn costs around £2.50 to water. This is much cheaper than repairs and renovations for scorched and patchy lawns.