Let’s face it, as a busy parent, looking after our lawn is usually the least of our worries – there will always be something more important to do.
You might assume that keeping a healthy lawn is an impossible task and involves lots of time and dedication, but this doesn’t have to be the case!
Simple jobs here and there can keep your garden alive and kicking all year round. You can even get the kids involved for everyone to get some fresh air and have fun.
Here’s a useful lawn care calendar for all the busy parents out there that simply don’t have the time (or energy) to be green thumbs…
Lawn Care Calendar For Mums And Dads
December, January and February:
Luckily, you can have a quiet and easy start and end to the year where lawn care is concerned. Cold weather means that your lawn should be left to its own devices, especially if your garden is frosted over or has patches of ice. If your kids still enjoy playing outside in the colder months though, try to keep them off the grass where possible. Walking or running on frosty grass can cause breakages and damages – although, of course, this is unavoidable when there are little ones around.
Although winter can be a tough time for your lawn, there are some ways to give it a helping hand. Look out for moments where your grass isn’t frosted and clear it of any debris, such as fallen leaves or sticks. By doing so, you can allow it as much opportunity to breathe as possible.
If you know your lawn tends to look sad during winter but you’d rather not spend time outside getting frostbite, there are winter lawn treatments to benefit from. Greensleeves provide a range of seasonal lawn treatments to customers across the UK. Their special treatments can prepare your lawn for spring, summer, autumn and winter, if you wish. Each professional treatment is designed to give your grass what it needs all year round. What’s more, they pride themselves on offering an affordable lawn care service, so you don’t have to break the bank by giving your lawn some much-needed TLC.
March, April and May
As the UK (hopefully) starts to get warmer, it’s time to get cracking with your lawn care.
Once you notice your grass starting to look healthier and happier post-winter, it is probably time to start cutting. Make sure the weather and lawn is dry beforehand and only cut a small portion of the grass away. Think of it like a hair cut – your lawn needs a small trim every now and then to keep it thriving. Don’t get carried away, though, or your grass will become overstressed and stop growing altogether.
As well as trimming semi-regularly during the spring months, there are other ways to give your lawn a new lease of life. Why not have a go at scarifying or raking it? It’s an easy job to do with the right equipment, but can have amazing results. The metal blades on a scarifier or handheld rake cut away the compacted moss or thatch that has formed over winter and allow air, nutrients and water to flow freely.
Once your lawn’s surface has been freshened up, it is worth sowing plenty of lawn seeds. Focus on the areas where moss or thatch may have been removed to cover up the bare patches.
Finally, during spring, it is worthwhile having a lawn treatment to help your grass recover from winter but also prepare it for the hotter weather to come.
June, July and August
As summer is in full swing, your lawn will start to need more attention. Keep going with the mowing but don’t be afraid to cut the grass shorter at this time of year to save yourself having to cut it practically every day!
Living in England, we can rely on the rain to some extent to keep our lawns hydrated. In summer though, you might need to consider watering it occasionally or investing in a water sprinkler – no one wants a dried out lawn. If you don’t have time to be watering your lawn on a weekly basis, aerate your lawn first by making small holes to allow water to be absorbed deeper.
If you want your garden to be in tip-top shape for summer barbecues and gatherings, a summer lawn treatment is a good idea to replace any nutrients used for rapid growth and target any pesky weeds.
September, October and November
As Autumn rolls around and the sun decides to go back into hiding, you can relax again, where lawn care is concerned. Reduce the amount of water and cutting to prepare your lawn for the colder weather – the longer the grass, the more protection from the elements.
September is a great time to give your lawn a refresh with scarification, but you also need to let it breathe. Have a go at aerating your lawn by making small holes across its surface. After a long summer of children playing and running around on your lawn, the surface will become compacted. If left alone, your poor lawn may suffocate due to lack of air and water flow.
Inevitably, your lawn will start to be covered in fallen leaves and debris around this time of year. When you have time, try to clear your lawn so it can get some much-needed sun. You could even make collecting leaves or tidying the garden into an activity for all the family to enjoy and reuse the leaves for compost!
Towards the end of Autumn and beginning of Winter, try to leave your lawn well alone. With the British winter around the corner, your grass will need all the strength it can get to make it through.
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