Do you also struggle with remembering lawn care routines throughout the year? If you want to enjoy a healthy and lush looking lawn in the summer regular lawn care is inevitable. With our lawn care calendar, we give you a few simple instructions on how to take care of your lawn during the different seasons.
- Early spring is a great time to prepare your tools for the coming season. Start with sharpening your mower blades for a clean cut.
- Check your tools. In case they need maintenance contact your nearest dealer – they ‘re less busy that time of year and you will get faster support.
- Clean your lawn. The easiest way to do that is with the help of a leave blower or a rake. This not only removes leaves and other objects from your lawn, but also fights fungal lawn diseases, by improving air circulation and releasing trapped moisture.
- Early spring is a great time to fight moss, since moss is more vulnerable during active growth in cool wet weather.
- Start mowing your lawn at the first signs of growth.If you mow high, the lawn will grow thicker with deeper roots.
- Fertilize - take samples of your lawn and send it to a soil-testing lab to find out which nutrients are missing. In case you want to keep the costs down you can also buy a DIY- soil test kit at your local garden-supply store.
- Aerate – by using a dethatcher such as the G40DT35 you prepare the soil so that rainwater, fertilizer and oxygen reaches the grass roots and is easily absorbed.
- Fight weeds - Pre-emergent herbicides treatment is most effective this time of year when weeds are small and actively growing.
- Don’t forget to catch up on seeding before summer arrives.
- Make sure to check your lawn and garden for grubs before they hatch and start to damage your lawn.
- Now it’s time to regularly mow your lawn, mow at recommended heights depending on your region between 6 and 10 cm in Southern Europe and between 3 to 4 cm in other European countries.
- Remove weeds that survived the pre-emergent herbicide treatment.
- Set mower blades to a higher setting, maintain taller grass heights throughout summer heats and never remove more than one-third of the grass blade in a single mowing.
- Water your lawn deep and infrequent. Frequent sprinkles would promote shallow root growth. During the summer month your lawn needs 20 to 25 liter of water a week per square meter.
- Clean up underneath your mower to prevent spreading lawn diseases.
- Remove large clumps of grass clippings. Regularly rake up leaves, twigs and other objects from your lawn.
- Check regularly if your lawn turns dormant or is stressed due to the hot weather and lack of water. Make sure to act fast and start watering, aerate, fertilize etc. before the lawn is ruined.
- Now you can start to gradually lower your mower blades back to regular mowing heights.
- Remove any dead grass that is lying on the lawn, so oxygen reaches the roots.
- Early autumn is the time where you can repair bare patches in the lawn. Mix grass seeds and compost and spread it evenly across the bare patches. Use a hard-tooth rake to work the seed into the soil.
- Sprinkle grass clippings over the patches to help prevent the soil from drying out, water the area once a day until the seed germinates and the new grass gets taller.
- Keep the lawn free from leaves and other debris.
- Make sure to fertilize the lawn. The grass will store the nutrients in its roots as it goes dormant over the winter and it will be ready for a jump start next spring.
- You can use the mulching function on your mower to fertilize the lawn but make sure to clean up any clumps on the lawn, so they don’t kill the grass.
- Make sure to avoid walking on frozen grass, as it will leave bare spots and paths on the lawn
- Be careful with de-icing salt as it can damage the lawn.
- Clean and winterize your lawn mower.