If you want to keep your lawn looking lush, green and in tiptop condition all year round, it’s important to maintain it with regular lawn care maintenance. Find out how to care for your lawn throughout the year with Paynes Turfs’ lawn care calendar.
- If you haven’t done so already, use this period when your lawn is dormant to service your mower and get the blades sharpened, ready for the first cut in spring.
- Try not to walk on the lawn if it is frozen or waterlogged to prevent damage.
- Keep the lawn free of debris such as leaves, twigs etc.
- Overseed your lawn and apply a top dressing to generate new growth.
- Start mowing the lawn as soon as it begins to grow again, but only ‘top’ the grass blades on the first cut.
- Scarify your lawn using a spring tined rake to remove any dead plant material in the lawn.
- Repair damaged areas of grass by returfing or reseeding.
- Mow the lawn fortnightly with the mower blades on a high setting to protect the grass against frost.
- Feed your lawn with a spring fertiliser.
- Increase the frequency of mowing to once a week and start to lower the cutting height.
- Aerate the lawn to improve drainage.
- Water the lawn once a week early in the morning if the weather is very dry.
- Mow the lawn up to twice a week if the grass is growing well.
- Water the lawn thoroughly to ensure water reaches the roots of the grass.
- Leave the grass clippings on the lawn to help keep moisture in.
- Mow less often if the weather is hot and dry to retain ground moisture.
- Continue to water the lawn deeply once a week during dry periods.
- Scarify the lawn to improve its condition and appearance.
- Aerate the lawn to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate to the roots of the grass.
- Feed the lawn with an autumn lawn fertiliser.
- Raise the height of the mower blades to help protect the roots of the grass blades from frost damage.
- Apply a top dressing to smooth out the surface of the lawn, improve the soil, and help to protect the grass over the winter.
- Keep the lawn free from debris.
- Continue to mow the grass if the lawn is still growing.
- Disperse worm casts with a stiff broom.
- Clean and service your mower before storing in a dry place.