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10 Month Lawn Care Guide

Here is a little guide that we have put together on how to look after you lawn over a 10 month period

 

January

January SampleThere is generally little maintenance work to be done in the month of January. Avoid using the lawn in very wet conditions and particularly in frost. During fine spells turfing can take place and repair work can be carried out using turf. General debris, such as leaves/twigs, can be removed. Light brushing can be carried out to remove dew and surface moisture from fine lawns. This is a good time to ensure all lawn care equipment is serviced and cleaned.

February

February SampleAlthough conditions can be mild do not be tempted to mow the lawn. Worm casts can be scattered by brushing with a birch broom or similar. Turfing and repairs using turf can be carried out providing the ground is not waterlogged and frost free.

March

March Sample As soon as the weather conditions improve the grass will show signs of growth. Lightly rake the lawn to clear the surface, be careful not to rake heavily as this will damage the grasses. A light rolling, e.g., with the mower roller will help to settle the surface if heavy winter frosts have been experienced. A top cut on a good dry day can be carried out, ensure the mower blades are on a high setting to avoid removing too much grass. It is unlikely more than one or two cuts will be required in March. This is a good month for inspecting the lawn for any signs of disease and dealing with moss.

Ensure any Moss Killers (e.g., Lawn Sand) has time to fully work before raking out the moss (e.g., 14 days). The edges of the lawn can be neatened with a half moon and damaged areas with turf. April Any coarse grasses can be dug out and the areas turfed (ensure these areas are filled with sifted soil to prevent hollows). Mow regularly enough to keep the lawn tidy but do not set the blades at a low cutting height. If conditions are good and the grass is actively growing fertiliser can be applied at this moment. It is important that the grass blades are dry and that rain is expected. If in the unlikely event of no rain for 3 - 4 days, irrigate (water) the fertiliser in. Selective weed killers can be used at this time but it is more prudent to wait until May, when the grass is going to be growing more vigorously.

May

May SampleThis is normally a good month for the use of selective weed killer, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions and the product is designed for lawn use. Make sure the grass is dry and there is moisture in the soil. Weed killers should be used in good still weather conditions. Mowing can now be carried out on a more regular basis and the mowing height should be gradually lowered to the normal summer setting, but remember not to scalp the lawn.

Regular mowing once or twice a week is normal at this time of year Remember to vary the direction of cut and to mow at a steady pace do not push the mower backwards and forwards, work in a forward direction for a uniform cut and for your own safety Keep an eye on moisture levels and only water if signs of stress appear grass is very resilient and over watering, is more harmful in the end than drought. If you do need to water do it in the evening and ensure the water has fully penetrated the lawn not simply wetted the surface. If possible have a water storage system set up prior to the hot dry months. This avoids any problems with hose -pipe bans.

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Adam Woods replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"We've got a little inverter in the van, and our 4 batteries are charged on the go.
There is a certain discipline required....its embarrassing turning up with a load of expensive Stihl battery gear, but no charged battery 😁"
58 minutes ago
Billybop replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"i remember the bad old days of smoking loads of fags to get that 2 stroke taste out of one's mouth, been so long since i used a petrol hedge trimmer if i used one now would probably end up burning myself on the hot bits lol"
59 minutes ago
Nick Murray replied to dan's discussion Compost teas and DIY liquid bio fertilizers in lawn care
"I've come across Dr Elaine Ingham a few times. Her company provides training in compost tea and compost extraction. Soil food web is the company I think. Based in America.
I've not had any personal experience with teas, have been using no dig and mi…"
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Andrew Marson-Hull replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"I do like the idea of once spending on the batteries, there are minimal ongoing costs and no fumes etc. It doesn't bother me as much with blowers, mowers and strimmers but hedge trimming is the worse. I have a HS45 and the exhaust seems to be perfec…"
4 hours ago
dan replied to Paul Doyle's discussion Rhus typhinia tiger eyes
"Pot sounds a safe way of handling it :) 
Im all good thankyou - busy but good busy ! Its a marathon not a sprint this year more than ever LOL "
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Gareth replied to Gareth's discussion Husqvarna 525 RJX
"Glad your problem was resolved. I was offered a refund on mine and took it. The dealer tried another head on it and it still juddered too much - real shame as the vibes on full throttle were fine, just useless anything less than fuill throttle. Mayb…"
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Paul Doyle replied to Paul Doyle's discussion Rhus typhinia tiger eyes
"Hey Dan,
Yeah I have found a few forums state side, where I think it was bred, and the consensus has been to run away from it just like the others.  I might put it in a big pot, as it's a wonderful variety.. plus Iv bought it now😄...
Hows things wit…"
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Tom Cann replied to Tom Cann's discussion Self propelled mower recommendations please
"Hehehehe 
this seems to have spiralled off into a grass cutting fee thread!!
so just bought a Honda Izy 21 inch cut. Had new deck fitted, sonic cleaned carb, new spark plug, new pull cord and new blade. thanks for the advice everyone. I really appre…"
16 hours ago
mark thomas replied to Tom Cann's discussion Self propelled mower recommendations please
"Quid a minute fine on commercial or when they not home
but when they home and retired and want come out and gas 
for ten mins then ya profit disappears....so not always viable "
18 hours ago
Billybop replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"yes the depreciation to the life of the battery probably a marginally larger cost than the price of the electricity itself. But very little of either really. I find it very satisfying carrying a box of depleted batteries in from the van after a good…"
19 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"Hi Kris and Graham, 
I hadn’t considered that there may be a misconception as to what the ELH is for and that it wrongly might be thought of as only be for a pole hedge cutter. The ELH is absolutely for a normal [non pole] hedge cutter. This is prim…"
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Billybop replied to Tom Cann's discussion Self propelled mower recommendations please
"got a few 2 hour ones all very local, they take that long due to the lawn shape and lots of different bits/slopes rather than sheer size, all cut with my battery mowers so don't like them to get too out of control, was no quicker using petrol mower…"
19 hours ago
Kris Baker replied to Andrew Marson-Hull's discussion Corded tools
"2x Stihl AP300 battery fully charged should be enough for a full day's hedge cutting.
By my calculation AP300 is 6Ah at 36v = 216 Wh - call it 250 Wh to allow for some losses.
1 unit of Electricity, 1kWh, on regular tariff is around 15p-20p, Off Pea…"
19 hours ago
Paul Baillie replied to Tom Cann's discussion Self propelled mower recommendations please
"To be fair, I'd probably actively avoid a regular two hour grass cut. That would be really horrific if you were rained off for a couple of weeks on the trott. I'm blessed I only do 4400 miles a year, everything is very close to me"
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