Maintaining a lush, green lawn year-round requires careful planning and timely interventions, especially in the ever-changing climate of the UK.
In these easy to follow instructions, we present a tailored ‘Month by Month Lawn Care Calendar for UK Gardens.’
From battling moss in damp January to nurturing resilient grass through scorching July heat, each month offers unique challenges and opportunities for lawn care enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a novice, this calendar provides invaluable insights and practical tips to keep your lawn thriving in every season.
Let’s delve into the secrets of a vibrant, healthy lawn, month by month.
Month By Month Lawn Care Calender
- Inspect your lawn for any areas of compacted soil or waterlogging.
- If the weather permits, consider aerating your lawn to improve soil drainage and reduce compaction.
- Avoid walking on frost-covered grass to prevent damage.
- Continue inspecting the lawn for signs of moss, thatch, or disease.
- If moss is present, consider applying moss killer products.
- If the ground is not frozen, you can begin lawn repairs, including reseeding bare patches.
- Start mowing the lawn if weather conditions allow. Raise the mower blades to a higher setting for the first mow of the season.
- Apply a spring fertilizer with a balanced NPK ratio to encourage healthy growth.
- Check for signs of pests such as chafer grubs or leatherjackets.
- Regular mowing should begin as the weather warms up, aiming for a cutting height of around 2.5-3 inches.
- Repair any bare patches with grass seed or turf.
- Apply selective weed killers to tackle any broadleaf weeds that have emerged.
- Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer to sustain healthy growth throughout the summer.
- Monitor for signs of fungal diseases such as fusarium patch or red thread.
- Water the lawn during dry periods to prevent drought stress.
- Mow the lawn regularly, but avoid cutting it too short during hot weather to prevent stress.
- Keep an eye out for signs of dryness or drought stress, and water as needed.
- Trim the edges of the lawn to maintain a neat appearance.
- Water the lawn deeply during prolonged dry spells, aiming for around 1 inch of water per week.
- Raise the cutting height of the mower to provide shade and reduce water loss from the soil.
- Apply a summer fertilizer to support healthy growth and resilience during the warmer months.
- Continue regular mowing, but avoid cutting the grass too short in hot weather.
- Keep an eye out for signs of lawn diseases and treat as necessary.
- Consider applying a wetting agent if the soil becomes water repellent due to dry conditions.
- Aerate the lawn to improve soil structure and alleviate compaction.
- Apply an autumn fertilizer with a higher potassium content to strengthen the grass for the winter ahead.
- Overseed any sparse areas or bare patches to encourage thick, lush growth.
- Keep mowing the lawn as needed, gradually reducing the cutting height as growth slows down.
- Blow and rake up fallen leaves regularly to prevent them from smothering the grass.
- Apply a moss killer if necessary, as moss tends to thrive in damp autumn conditions.
- Finish any remaining lawn maintenance tasks before winter sets in.
- Avoid walking on the lawn when it’s frosty to prevent damage to the grass blades.
- Consider applying an iron-based lawn tonic to help prevent moss growth and promote a healthy green color.
- Store lawn equipment properly for the winter months.
- Avoid walking on frozen or waterlogged grass to prevent compaction.
- Prepare any plans or purchases for the upcoming spring season.
General Lawn Tips and Tricks
What does scarify mean?
It might sound a bit frightening, but scarifying is actually nothing to be afraid of. Scarifying means raking out the moss, dead grass and debris entangled in your grass. I recommend checking out our article on what scarifiers do.
How to stop dog pee turning the grass yellow
If you spot it peeing on the grass, pour some water over the urine spot. This can help prevent yellow patches.
How to fix collapsed border edges
If your border edges are looking slack, take a spade, cut out a square and then turn it around. The ragged edge quickly backfills and you’ll have a sharp edge to your border. Tread it in and water. Just like magic!
How to choose the right grass seed
High-traffic areas need a hardwearing mix with some ryegrass. Also, if you’ve got a shady lawn look for a shade tolerant mix (we’ve recommend some grass seed for shady areas if this sounds like your garden!). Otherwise, if only you walk over your grass occasionally and there’s sunshine and shade, pretty much anything will do.
It’s a good idea to choose grass seed mix that has at least two types of seed mixed in – this way you won’t be putting all your eggs in one basket!
Looking to quickly jazz up your lawn?
My top tip, if you want to jazz up your lawn, is to plant some herbs in it.
You can whizz over these with the lawn mower and it creates an amazing scent. Creeping red thyme is my favourite. I have little pockets of it in the lawn and in patio cracks. Don’t plant mint in your garden though, because it’s a rampant warlord and you’ll never be rid of it. If you like mint put some in a pot so its roots are contained.
One Final Tinsy Request
If you have space in your garden, think about leaving an area of uncut grass for our wildlife.
Studies show that wildlife thrives in longer grass and patches of wildflowers are an essential source of nectar for our pollinators. The more ways we can find to protect our bees, the better!
Long grass also makes the perfect hideaway for beetles, slugs and snails. This can also benefit frogs, toads and hedgehogs. You might even think about building a little bug hotel to make your garden a real haven.
Pop a shallow, heavy bowl of water in the longer grass to create a mini eco-system. It’ll be less work than building a pond (although, if you are considering a pond, these 28 Garden Pond Ideas are sure to get you inspired!).
So, there you have it..!
Everything you need to know about how to treat your lawn throughout the year to get the most out of it. Maintaining a healthy lawn doesn’t have to be unnecessarily hard work as long as you keep on top of doing the little tasks. Now, go out and enjoy your beautiful garden!