Looking After Your Lawn This January
Use a light rake or brush to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris, fallen leaves will trap moisture and encourage disease and warm activity.
Aerate consolidated areas of the lawn with a fork, this will relieve compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into the root system, leading to a healthier lawn.
Only mow the lawn if necessary and condition are suitable, do not mow if heavy frosts are expected or is the ground is very wet. Above 5 degrees grass will continue to grow and will require mowing.
Algae can be an issue on lawns where there is poor drainage or excessive shade.
Remember that worms improve the nutrient content of soil and are beneficial to the soil structure. Worm casts are best left to dry and then swept away with a stiff brush.
Remember the onset of spring will stimulate new growth and the lawn will start to recover from the rigours of winter.
Service or replace your mower if necessary ready for the next growing season.
If practical keep off the lawn when wet or frosty. The grass plants will damage easily and will not repair themselves until the spring.
This Month's Key Tips
- Now is the ideal time to start 'chitting' seed potatoes ready for planting in spring.
- Plant any seed ready for the early spring season.
- Clean old pots and seed trays ready for sowing and planting.
- Start forcing rhubarb.
- Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.