Ensuring your garden is in excellent condition all-year round is hugely important as it not only makes things easier come Spring time or ahead of Autumn, but over time it will ensure you garden is able to withstand the ups and downs of the UK climate with ease.
Due to the seasonality involved with gardening, we can often over look winter months and only tend to our gardens 6-7 months of the year.
Our calendar guide is designed to make it easier for you to maintain your garden all year-round.*
You can also download our 12 Month Domestic Garden Lawn Treatment guide here.
*Our guide is a recommendation only. Application or mis-use of products is the individuals responsibility. Battersby take no responsibility for actions taken as a result of using this guide. If in doubt, consult Battersby prior to application.
The early part of this period could be very cold and frosty. Should the ground be suitable for aeration this is a good time to be quite aggressive. If aeration is being done by hand don’t try to cover the whole area at once. A small amount of forking each day will gradually enable the whole lawn to be spiked. Try to keep the area free from debris such as leaves and twigs; a wire-toothed rake is most suitable for this. If there are signs of growth in February set the mower at 30mm and cut the lawn in two directions. This can be done every two weeks if conditions allow. In the second half of March, depending on temperature, it is helpful to apply fertilizer. An ideal analysis for this period is 6-0-12 known as Mascot Fine Turf Four Seasons.
This is the spring period, if no fertilizer was applied during March this should now be done. Remember nitrogen produces leaves so the 6-0-12 Four Seasonsor 7-0-14 Apexare very suitable for domestic lawns that are cut once or twice each week. Early attention to weed control will pay dividends, for both grass cover and visual effect.
It is vitally important that instructions are carefully followed when applying selective herbicide. Obtain a measuring jug and remember any weeds that may escape the spray can be treated again four weeks later. When applying herbicide always keep moving – do not be tempted to dwell on a big weed.
If moss is a problem there are many products containing iron sulphate that can be used to help control this particularly common situation. However, it should be remembered that moss is a symptom of an underlying problem so it is important to address the cause. If there are any high spots which are subject to being scalped when mowing these should be addressed. To do this obtain a fork fitted with hollow tines, use this at an angle of 45 degrees. Take out cores close together and the raised area should be lowered when pressed down with your foot. It will be necessary to do this when the ground is wet as high spots are usually quite hard.
This is mid summer – don’t be tempted to cut the turf too short. Domestic turf should look fine at 20mm or at absolute minimum 15mm. Ensure the blades of the mower are sharpened if using a cylinder machine and check the cutting blades are set correctly against the bottom blade.
Further fertilizer and if irrigation is not available it is recommended that liquid is used mixed with seaweed for general plant and soil health. Microflow 17-2-5is ideal used at a rate of 1 litre per 100 sq. mts diluted at a ratio of 6 water : 1 Microflow.
To reduce any lateral growth rake or verticut the area with either a wire-tooth rake or a machine fitted with verticutting blades. This should be done gently in the summer as harsh treatment may cause too much moisture loss.
This is the period for serious lawn maintenance. Deep aeration followed by scarification should be undertaken at this time. There is very little chance of the turf drying out from September onwards so this operation can be vigorously tackled. When this has been done overseed with a traditional fescue and bent mixture of grass seed, covered lightly with 70:30 sand:soil top dressing. Now is the time to apply an autumn fertilizer with an analysis of 5-2-10or 5-5-10 + Fe.
As the autumn continues keep the lawn free of leaves as fungal disease can start under areas where daylight is unable to reach the surface of the turf.
No matter what the month of the year, if there is growth and ground conditions are good the grass should be cut. Always set the mower 30mm or above so that only a small percentage of the leaf is removed.
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