Lawn care for the year

Mid winter – Brush off or pick up any fallen leaves from trees or bushes.

Late winter – If wormcasts appear, remove, and apply a worm killer

Early spring – As soon as the ground is firm, brush off any surface debris. Roll when dry to consolidate ground lifted by frost. Rake thoroughly to lift up grass and weeds and mow lightly. Two cuts are generally enough in early spring.

Mid spring – Apply a fertilizer followed a week or two later by a selective lawn weedkiller or lawn sand. Mow often enough to keep the grass down, but not lower than 18mm.

Late spring – Increase the frequency of mowing as necessary. Cut at 6mm above the summer level. This is the best month to eradicate weeds.

Summer – Mow to normal summer levels, one to three times a week. Rake gently before mowing. Water well during prolonged dry periods with a hosepipe or sprinkler. Destroy isolated weeds with spot weedkiller.

Early autumn – Increase intervals between mowing, and raise the height of the cut by 6mm above the summer level. Apply worm killer if necessary. Rake, spike and top-dress the lawn.

Mid autumn – Regular mowing comes to an end. Use a high blade setting for the last cut or two.

Late autumn – If the weather is not frosty or wet, and the surface is firm, mow once with the blades set high. Brush off any fallen leaves or rake up as normal.

Early winter – Brush away or pick up the last of the autumn leaves, but keep off the lawn if it is very wet or frozen.

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