Try to keep off the lawn at all times during January, unless you are brushing away leaves or clearing any unwanted items. We would recommend that you take your lawnmower for a service around about now.
Do not cut the grass in February, you can brush away any worm casts that may appear on the surface using a soft broom.
You should scarify your lawn in March using a lawn scarifier or a lawn rake. We advise this to remove any thatch that has formed through the winter months. This will get the lawn ready for its first cut of the year.
Now you should begin to apply weed control and moss killer (if moss is an issue in your garden). You should then mow the lawn every 7-10 days, whilst gradually lowering the cut, but you should avoid going below 2cm short.
In May you should increase your mowing to around every 7 days, with your mower height now at summer levels. May is probably the best month to kill weeds in, as the soil is still moist but the weeds are growing fast. Keep a close eye on your lawn, if it looks dry then we recommend that you water with a hose for 1 hour a day.
In June you can now mow the lawn twice a week, providing that the lawn is not too hot and dry. During any dry spells you should raise the height of the mower and cut just once a week. You should still be killing any weeds at this point and raking the lawn before cutting will help keep clover at bay.
You should now be mowing your lawn reguarly in July. Try feeding the lawn with some summer feed during a showery spell. Throughout summer months you should keep your eye on the turf to make sure its not getting too dry – if so, water with a hose for at least 1 hour a day.
You should rake the lawn to keep clover runners under control. Mow the lawn once a week at Summer heights.
Mowing the lawn can now be decreased to once every 10-14 days, also raising the height of the cut gradually. You also aerate your lawn with a spike aerator. If any infections or diseases are spotted we recommend that you use a lawn disease control that can be purchased from your local garden centre.
Also consider feeding the lawn with an autumn lawn food. September is known as a good month to over seed your lawn if necessary.
October is the last month or any regular mowing of your lawn. You should raise the mowing height to 2 cm and mow the lawn every 10 – 14 days. If you have not done so already, now is the time to spike & feed the lawn with Autumn lawn feed.
In November, if the weather is still good enough, a final cut of the year may be necessary. You should keep the blades set very high at this time of year. Also brush away any leaves, worm casts or any thing else off the lawn with a soft brush.
Keep off the lawn other than to brush away excess leaves, etc.