Lawn maintenance calendar
“As a composer and as a musician I’m a true believer – and this is not to be overly diplomatic – I’m a believer that there’s artistry in everything from a lawn gnome to a desk chair to a symphony to an Andy Warhol painting. There’s art in absolutely everything.” – Darren Criss
There is no doubt that a good-looking garden (including the lawn) will increase the sale price of your home. Ella Buchan of the Telegraph.co.uk explains that a well-maintained garden can add as much as 20% to your property’s value.
However, as with everything, there is an art to creating and maintaining a lush, green, stunning-looking lawn. The grass needs to be fed, mulched, watered, and cut on a regular basis. Therefore, here are a few tips sorted by seasons and months, with a view to helping you create a fantastic-looking lawn:
Lawn Maintenance in Winter
Lawn grass is usually dormant during winter so, apart from keeping the lawn free of debris and leaves, there is not much to do. In areas where it snows, you won’t even be able to rake the leaves off the lawn; therefore, it is a time to rest and to maintain and service your gardening equipment. Make sure your mower blades are sharp as a dull blade does not cut the grass evenly. It tears the grass; thereby, destroying individual grass blades.
Additionally, if you own a robotic lawn mower by Robomow, winter is the perfect time to service the lawn mower as well as to make sure that all of the latest firmware updates have been installed.
Maintaining your Lawn in Spring
Spring is essentially a season that promises new life. The weather starts warming up, and the grass starts growing again. In order to give your lawn the best possible start, it’s important to keep the lawn clear of the layer of detritus and leaves, etc. that have accumulated over the long, cold winter. If you leave the wet leaves lying on the grass, you run the risk of smothering the new growth.
Unless you live in an area where the winters are frigid, spring is the right time to fertilize your lawn. Therefore, spread fertilizer over the grass just as it begins growing actively.
Aerate your lawn so that oxygen, fertilizer, and water can reach the grassroots. Finally, you can apply an herbicide to prevent weeds from taking over your lawn.
Insects and weeds will come out in full force during the hot summer months. Therefore, it’s important to manually remove any weeds with a garden fork. If patches of grass go brown, then you might a problem with grub worms. Consequently, the lawn needs to be treated with a chemical pesticide.
The grass will grow fast during summer so it might need to be cut more than once a week. To keep the grass healthy, mow more often so that you only remove one third of the grass blade at a time.
Water your lawn about once a week, making sure that the grass receives about one inch of water per week.
As the weather cools down, it is time to prepare the lawn for the cold winter months that lie ahead. Plant new grass over dead patches or bare spots. Remove any dead grass, break up the hard soil, and mix a layer of compost into the ground before you either plant new grass or sprinkle grass seeds over the dead patches. The ground needs to be kept moist so that the new grass can grow or the seeds can germinate.
Keep the lawn free of falling leaves to prevent it from being smothered. Finally, fertilize the lawn just before it goes dormant for the winter period.