Gardening Through the Year

January/February

If the weather is mild occasionally cut the grass, maintaining about 25mm of growth. Keep off the grass if frozen or waterlogged.

March
Rake the grass thoroughly. Spike the lawn all over and apply lawn sand if necessary. Keep mower blades high and just top the grass

April
Re-seed bare patches, apply fertilisers and moss killer towards the end of the month. Mow regularly, lowering the blades gradually.

May
Treat with selective weed killers or combined weed/feed preparations if you haven't fed the lawn in April.

June
Mow lawns twice a week if possible working to a definite pattern. Water grass if necessary, remembering to soak thoroughly

July
Treat grass with a second application of fertiliser. Water in as necessary. Don't cut the grass to closely.

August
Keep mowing regularly and watering if necessary. Fill in any cracks caused by drought with a mixture of sharp sand and soil.

September
Raise mower blades to allow the grass to thicken and protect roots from winter frost. Apply Autumn/Winter fertiliser, weed killer and moss killer

October
Rake out thatch from turf and spike lawn to assist drainage. Brush in soil and sharp sand. Continue cutting as necessary.

November
Use a stiff broom to remove worm casts from the grass. Don't mow if very wet as this will compact the soil and encourage water logging.