In addition to the information contained here we recommend
that you read our seasonal
garden tasks pages which contain advice for
lawn care and maintenance throughout the year.
The lawn needs little attention in winter, but
walking on it in hard frost or snow could damage
the grass. Keep it clear of fallen leaves and
other debris, otherwise the grass will yellow.
For the first spring cut, set the mower blades
¾ - 1in high. As the season advances, mow
regularly and lower the blades to ½ in;
trim and tidy the edges after each cut. Brush
off worm casts before every cut. Apply moss killer,
if necessary, and rake out dead moss.
mid-spring apply the first feed of a liquid or
granular, general-purpose fertiliser, with or
without a weedkiller, as required. If weeds persist,
treat with a selective weedkiller.
Towards the end of early summer apply another
feed. Mow regularly, but in autumn, raise the
blades to ¾-1in.
In early autumn, spike the lawn at 3-4in intervals,
and about the same depth to aerate it, then top
dress with sand, peat and soil. Apply another
feed early in mid-autumn. If the grass is still
growing in late autumn, continue to mow but set
the blades to 1 ½ in.