Lawn Care Seasonal Checklist

Lawn Care Seasonal Checklist
Lawn Care Seasonal Checklist
Use our Lawn Care Seasonal Checklist to keep your lawn looking its best all year round.

january

  • Frost Warning - Reduce traffic on your lawn to avoid localised puddling, compaction and frost scorching.
  • Snow Warning - If snow is to fall, shovel it off your lawn so that it doesn’t cause any lasting damage.
  • Get your lawn mower serviced - blunt blades will slow you down in spring and can damage your grass.
  • If your mower can’t be repaired – January sales are an excellent time to pick up a bargain!
  • Your lawn is dormant, so do not apply fertiliser now or attempt to mow the lawn.
  • If you have applied an autumn / winter fertiliser, this will prevent any disease from occurring / spreading and keep your lawn healthy throughout the colder months.

  • Frost and Snow Warning - Frost and snow are still a possibility, so keep traffic on your lawn to a minimum and shovel snow off your lawn’s surface to prevent lasting damage.
  • Moss may have made an appearance if it is a wet winter, but don’t tackle it until temperatures warm up - or you may have to repeat the process.
  • Your lawn is dormant, so do not apply fertiliser or try to mow the lawn.
  • If you have applied an autumn / winter fertiliser, this will prevent any disease from occurring / spreading and keep your lawn healthy throughout the colder months.

  • When temperatures begin to hit 8-10 degrees and above consistently, with no snow or frost forecast, you can confidently sow and expect successful results. Perennial ryegrass germinates at temperatures of 8-10 degrees, whilst fescues require slightly warmer temperatures of 10 degrees plus.
  • March is an perfect time to begin your prep work for sowing. The ideal seedbed is free from weeds, moss or other debris and is level and free draining. To alleviate these issues, apply weedkiller, scarify, aerate and fertilise your lawn.
  • If you are sowing a new lawn, ensure no weeds and moss have cultivated in the bare soil - if there is a minimal amount, target these with a handheld weed/mosskiller.
  • To kickstart germination for an existing lawn, apply our QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser or for a new lawn use our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed fertiliser before sowing new seed. Instructions for applying fertiliser can be found on our individual product pages.
  • When temperatures begin to hit 8-10 degrees and above consistently, with no snow or frost forecast, you can confidently sow and expect successful results. Perennial ryegrass germinates at temperatures of 8-10 degrees, whilst fescues require slightly warmer temperatures of 10 degrees plus.

  • ‘Little April showers’ are likely to occur so bare this in mind when sowing new seed – heavy showers can saturate seedlings (causing them to die) or wash them away if there is a slope in your garden.
  • If you missed the March window, you can sow in April if conditions remain favourable.
  • If you haven’t already, make sure to fertilise your lawn with either a SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (16 weeks coverage) or a QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (6 weeks coverage). This will help a new lawn or existing lawn to flourish and maintain its greenness.
  • Red Thread Warning - Red Thread occurs in warm and wet conditions – prevent it by feeding your lawn a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

may

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable.
  • Fertilise using SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (16 weeks coverage) or QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (6 weeks coverage), always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Once your newly sown grass begins to hit a height of 5-7cm around the 6-week mark since sowing and has a full even coverage across the lawn – you can give it its first mow. Following this, you should mow your grass at the recommended height. Fescues will tolerate closer mowing, where ryegrass won’t - we have the recommended mowing rate for each of our mixes detailed on their individual product pages.
  • Red Thread Warning - Red Thread occurs in warm and wet conditions – prevent it by feeding your lawn a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

june

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable. If heavy downpours occur post-sowing, do not water your new seed as this will drown it.  If a drought occurs, up your daily watering to twice a day and consider investing in a sprinkler.
  • Fertilise using SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (16 weeks coverage) (recommended) or QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (6 weeks coverage), always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Mow your lawn once a week depending on growth – if you find your grass grows back quicker, up your mowing to twice a week. In periods of drought drop this back down to once a week and raise the height of your mower blades. In periods of no growth (sustained drought) – do not mow your lawn.
  • Red Thread Warning - Red Thread occurs in warm and wet conditions – prevent it by feeding your lawn a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable. If heavy downpours occur post-sowing, do not water your new seed as this will drown it. If a drought occurs, up your daily watering to twice a day and consider investing in a sprinkler.
  • Fertilise QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (6 weeks coverage), always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Mow your lawn once a week depending on growth – if you find your grass grows back quicker, up your mowing to twice a week. In periods of drought drop this back down to once a week and raise the height of your mower blades – taller grass is better at surviving drought. In periods of no growth (sustained drought) – do not mow your lawn.
  • Red Thread Warning - Red Thread occurs in warm and wet conditions – prevent it by feeding your lawn a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable. If heavy downpours occur post-sowing, do not water your new seed as this will drown it. If a drought occurs, up your daily watering to twice a day and consider investing in a sprinkler.
  • Fertilise using QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser (6 weeks coverage) or SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser - always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Mow your lawn once a week depending on growth – if you find your grass grows back quicker, up your mowing to twice a week. In periods of drought drop this back down to once a week and raise the height of your mower blades. In periods of no growth (sustained drought) – do not mow your lawn.
  • Red Thread Warning - Red Thread occurs in warm and wet conditions – prevent it by feeding your lawn a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable and take a two-week weather forecast into consideration – be aware of adverse weather conditions including heavy rain / flooding.
  • Begin to protect your lawn from autumn / winter diseases that occur in damp and cold conditions by fertilising with a SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser (recommended) or a QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser - always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Continue to mow your lawn but reduce mowing to once every two weeks – ensure your blades are still sharp so as not to damage your grass.
  • As leaves begin to fall, make sure to remove them from your lawn as they can create and cause disease. If possible, we recommend saving the leaves to create a habitat / hibernaculum for local wildlife.
  • Whilst removing leaves and debris, also consider moving garden furniture / trampolines off the lawn if they won’t be in use.

october

  • Sow / overseed if conditions are favourable and take a two-week weather forecast into consideration – be aware of adverse weather conditions including heavy rain / flooding and sudden drops in temperature.
  • There is still time to apply a SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser (recommended) or a QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser to protect against frost and winter borne diseases - always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • Continue to remove leaves and other debris from the lawn to avoid potential disease / damage.
  • Mow if you deem it necessary (e.g. visible and continuing growth) and keep your mower height at a high setting.
  • Whilst removing leaves and debris, also consider moving garden furniture / trampolines off the lawn if they won’t be in use.

  • Sowing season has now finished as potential frosts can set in and temperatures dip below 8 degrees, preventing germination.
  • As temperatures begin to drop below what is required for germination, your grass will also begin growing very slowly (become dormant) and it is therefore time to put away the mower.
  • There is still time to apply a SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser (recommended) or a QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser to protect against frost and winter borne diseases - always ensuring to spread at the recommended rate and watering in.
  • If frost should form on your lawn, avoid walking on it. This will help prevent compaction, frost scorch, disease and lasting footprints.

december

  • For now, your lawn is mostly dormant and won’t respond impressively to fertiliser – so as suggested it is better to do this in earlier autumn / winter.
  • To continue to help your lawn throughout the cold months ahead, don’t walk on frosty or snowy grass.