• I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and new year. With the festivities over, and minimal work required on the lawns, now is the time to plan your yearly maintenance and feeding regimes. January marks the low season for lawns in the UK characterised by cold temperatures and shorter daylight hours that result in minimal growth. Consequently, the need for frequent lawn mowing diminishes. However, it's essential to consider appropriate maintenance or lawn treatments during this period.
If there is any frost about, the advice is to keep off the grass; you can bruise the plant and leave unsightly black footprints which can turn brown as the grass leaf dies.
If it looks like it is going to snow (it’s January after all), and you are concerned that the snow will affect the lawn, then Turf Hardeners or iron based fertilisers can be used to ‘toughen’ the grass and keep any fungal diseases such as Snow Mold at bay.
Leaf and debris collection should continue when conditions allow. If leaf litter is left, it will stop the light from getting to the grass underneath, and as the nights have drawn in, the grass will need all the light it can get. If you are going to mow your lawn make sure conditions aren't too wet and make sure you are mowing at a high height of cut. DO NOT MOW if there are frosts due. January is a good time to aerate your lawn. Aeration can help with drainage and with loosening compact ground. This all contributes to the health of your grass over winter.
As part of your maintenance plan, make sure your mower and other mechanical equipment are taken into account. At the very least, wash down and grease or oil the working parts. If it’s a petrol mower, please remove any remaining petrol as this can go stale and may prevent the mower from starting when you come to use it. Book the mower in for a service, and have the blades sharpened, if it’s a while since you’ve had this done.