Seasonal Turf Maintenance

Gary The Gnome

Turf maintenance can be seen as a bit of a chore, however, if you do a few little jobs often it can lead to the healthy, lusciously green lawn that you're after.

In this handy guide we go through our recommendations for maintenance throughout the different months of the year. As a quick guide, here are a few jobs to do in the seasons rather than a month by month breakdown. The infographic below will go into more detail, month by month.

Spring

After the dormant months of winter, spring is the time your lawn mower can be taken out from hibernation. However, do not mow your lawn until it is dry enough to do so. A good tip is to always set your mower height at its highest setting and gradually lower it as the season progresses. To get your lawn off to a good start you could always use a bit of weed and feed to encourage growth and eliminate any weeds that may crop up when the temperatures become slightly warmer.

Summer

The summer months are the months to get out in the garden, stoke up the BBQ and generally enjoy your lawn. In terms of the growth rate, the months leading up to summer will show strong growth. This is always a great sign as a full lawn will be a healthy one. However, during the peak of summer, growth may start to slow down. Therefore, when it comes to mowing your lawn it’s best to do so as and when necessary. As the summer months in the UK are known for blistering heat with very little rain (obviously this is just wishful thinking), it’s best to keep your lawn watered regularly. This will make sure the turf will stay healthy with no dry patches.

Autumn

As the summer months come to a close it’s time to start thinking of your autumn maintenance. One of the main jobs to carry out is to keep the lawn clear of any fallen leaves or general debris as this can smother the lawn. It can also be a problem when leaves clog up drains and gutters, nobody wants that! Therefore, once a week, grab your rake and dispose of the leaves in your green recycling bin. If your lawn is in particularly bad shape after a busy spring/summer, you could always aerate or scarify your lawn to breathe new life into it. If you’d like to know more about scarification we have a guide here.

One of the main jobs to carry out in autumn is to keep the lawn clear of any fallen leaves or general debris as this can smother the lawn.

Winter

General lawn maintenance over the winter months should be minimal. It’s the time of year where instead of tending to your lawn you could use the time to tend to your trusty tools and service them ready for spring. In terms of mowing, your last mow should typically be in-between October and December. You shouldn’t feel the need to cut the lawn after this as you can cause damage if it is overly wet or frosty. In other words, if you’ve prepared your tools ready for spring, it’s now time to put your feet up and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Seasonal Turf Maintenance Infographic

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