Keep off the lawn at this time of
year except to brush away fallen
leaves. Have the mower
Brush off any worm casts. Do not
cut the lawn this month.
Lawn maintenance starts this
month. Before giving the lawn its
first light cut, brush it vigorously to
remove surface rubbish. Give it a
thorough raking with a spring tine
rake so that the grass and weeds
are set up to meet the mower
Two light cuts just to ‘tip off’ the
grass are sufficient. Trim and
neaten the edges of the lawn. If
your mower does not have a roller
on it, this is the time to give the
lawn a roll when the surface is dry.
This is a good time for lawn
restoration work (see overseeding).
Give the lawn its spring feed and
start weed control. Where moss is
a problem, apply a moss killer.
Mow the lawn weekly, reducing
the height of the cut a little,
although not below 2cm (1in). Cut
out coarse grasses and keep the
edges of the lawn trimmed.
Increase frequency of mowing as
necessary, gradually reducing the
height of the cut to summer
levels. This is the best month for
weed control when the grass is
dry but the soil moist. Water
thoroughly if drought is apparent.
Mowing the lawn twice a week
may be necessary if the soil is
moist. If on the other hand there
is a long dry spell, raise the
height of the cut and mow once
a week. If weeds remain after
initial treatment, repeat the
process although not during a
long dry spell. Rake the lawn
before mowing to keep grass and
clover ‘runners’ under control.
Keep edges trimmed and water
copiously in long dry spells.