Seasonal Turf Care Guide
Once you have a lovely new lawn it will need a little bit of care throughout the year in order to keep it healthy and avoid the common diseases. Turf is relatively low maintenance and this quick guide to the seasonal tasks will keep your lawn looking lush and green:
As the frost begins to clear you can start repairing any damage that has been done to the lawn by winter. Clear off any leaves or general debris from the lawn and, if necessary apply a moss killer to deal with any moss that has developed.
Once the lawn starts to grow again, you can begin to mow. Don’t take more than a third off the length of the turf and its best to mow little and often at this time of year. This is also a good time to overseed the lawn if it needs patching up a little. Aerate the soil before doing this by sticking a fork into the ground.
Finally, give the lawn a spring feed, and consider applying a top dressing. The grass will begin to grow rapidly so this ensures the turf has the correct nutrients, avoiding any potential diseases such as fusarium.
Regular mowing helps to reduce weeds by cutting the heads off, avoiding spreading. If it is dry raise the height of the mower. You may find that in long dry spells it’s best to not cut the grass because it will already be under stress. Again, never take more than a third of the length off. You should not need to feed the lawn again, but it may be a good time to apply weed killer, especially if there is a dry, still day.
If it is hot and dry, your lawn may start to go brown, however this will come back once it starts raining and cools off. If you do need to water, its best either first thing in the morning or last thing at night – before the sun has chance to evaporate it.
As the weather begins to turn colder you need to start preparing your lawn for the winter. Gradually reduce the amount of mowing and begin tackling any moss that has developed by scarifying the lawn. By raking the lawn you will remove both the moss and any other dead matter that has appeared in the turf.
Give the lawn an autumn feed. This needs to be low in nitrogen but high in potassium and phosphates. Consider overseeding the lawn if there are areas that need to recover from the wear and tear of being used throughout the summer.
As the leaves start to fall, do your best to remove them from the lawn to ensure the turf is not killed off below.
Your lawn won’t require as much care in the winter as the other seasons. Once the temperatures fall below 5 degrees the turf will stop growing and lie dormant. Therefore, avoid walking on the lawn too much, as this can damage the tips of the blades. However, try to continue to remove any leaves and debris that fall on the turf.