Maintaining your lawn
Maintenance of the lawn is a yearlong process. To have a great looking lawn, you would need to work extremely hard (or at least have some one do it for you). Essentially the time of laying the lawn, weeding, repairing, applying nitrogen and other processes would essentially depend on which part of the country that you are in. What we have given is a month-by-month guide is for an average lawn. Depending on your climatic conditions and other factors you should be able to make your own judgement for maintaining your lawn.
- It's the time to get the lawnmower services.
- If you live in the colder parts, stay off the lawn if its waterlogged or frozen.
- Only work on the lawn once the thaw starts happening.
- If the weather has started to look up, then you start by repairing the edges of the lawn.
- Start the groundwork when laying down the turf.
- Now depending on which climate you live in, order the type of grass that is most suitable for your lawn.
- If you find that there worn out areas or any depressions, then you should re-plant the lawn.
- With a growing lawn, you would need to apply fertilisers. It's a great idea to use a fertiliser that is premixed with weed, moss and dandelion killers
- If you have a specific problem, attend to it immediately.
- Remove the dead grass (thatch) by raking the lawn lightly.
- If the weather has cleared up suitably, then mow the lawn (the grass should be at least 3 inches high for mowing the lawn).
- If the lawn is waterlogged, then improve the drainage for the lawn.
- If you have already applied the fertilizers in March, then check for any remaining weed, moss or dandelion growth and attend to it immediately.
- But if have forgotten to fertilise your lawn, then its time to do it now, before the summer finally arrives.
- Lay down your new spring grass now.
- Essentially you should lay down the turf as they soon as they arrive in a weed free bed.
- Trim the edges of the lawn and fill in the depressions of the lawn.
- It's the time to water the lawn at least once a week, unless of course it rains.
- Mow the lawns regularly.
- Use a stick touch weed killer to rake out the more defiant weeds or do it manually.
- It's important to mow the lawns on a regular basis, whether it's a new lawn or an established lawn.
- It's important that you water the lawn regularly especially in the time of the drought. If you see the leaves getting yellow, then apply a nitrogenous fertiliser.
- Always water the lawn substantially, since water is essential for the roots to absorb the nutrients.
- Control the weeds in the lawn.
- Repeat the same processes that you were doing in June.
- But this is the time that you should pay more attention to weeds and ants and apply the pesticides and fungicides as applicable.
- If you are preparing to lay down the lawn in the fall, then its time that you prepared the site for your new lawn.
- Clear away the weeds; apply a general fertiliser to the ground.
- The turf should be ideally sown in September and laid in October.
- If there are any bumps that appear in the lawn, then pay attention to since its important that depressions and thinning grass should be tackled as soon as possible.
- Mow the new and the established lawns.
- When cutting the lawn, simply raise the height of the cut as the grass grows much slower.
- If you think that the grass hasn't grown, as it should have been this summer, maybe its time that you applied a fertiliser now.
- If your lawn is getting waterlogged simply brush in a mixture of 50-50 sharp sand and sieved compost or topsoil. If dry patches have come, then sow the grass where the dry patches have come.
- This is the time that you should lay down the turf for the winter.
- Remove the weeds and the fallen leaves from the lawn.
- Vigorously scarify the established lawn.
- Mow the grass if its at least 5 cm tall.
- Repair the edges of the lawn surface.
- Before you finally let the grass retire, make the final cut of the grass.
- Soon the grass will stop growing. It's also the time to sharpen the garden tools and keep them away in your shed.
- Cover them with an oilcloth to ensure that they stay clean.
- Get your lawnmower serviced for use in the next season.
- This is the time when the grass will start getting frozen or waterlogged and there's not much that you can do now.
- Wait for just another month, before you start working on your lawn.