February in most years can be viewed as a month for preparation when it comes to caring for your lawn. Leaves and debris should have been long removed, and with little grass growth it should be case that it’s been easy to keep on top of the grass with regards to mowing.
- Is Your Mower Ready? Getting machinery in for servicing this month is a must if you are yet to do so. Good mower servicing shops are always busy come spring so get onto the case now to be sure you have your machine in fine order for when growth resumes shortly. Mowing with a blunt mower blade is a major cause of discolouring and disease in lawns.
- Mowing Being mowing when conditions allow. You may begin to see some slow grass growth once soil temperatures begin to warm up. If the ground conditions are dry enough it is important to get outside to give your lawn a trim. Little and often is the best approach, just taking the tops of the grass off to keep it healthy and tidy.
- Stay Off Frosty Lawns Walking on a frosty lawn may seem harmless at the time, however the damage will become evident once the frost has cleared. If you walk on your frozen lawn you will risk fracturing the grass plants and shearing the root structure, leaving dark discoloured footprints to form which will stay for quite some time. These footprints will remain and in some cases the damage can kill the grass completely.
- Look Out For Moss Moss thrives on moisture therefore can spread across your lawn during winter months. If ground conditions are suitable, rake out any patches of moss to help grass recovery.
- Early Spring Aeration We are now in primetime for lawn aerations. Aeration is the most beneficial treatment for your lawn, which should be done at least once a year. The soft ground conditions during February and early March are ideal for fracture-tine, slitting or hollow-tine aeration as the machines can reach maximum depth to improve root mass, drainage and to aid air and nutrients getting deep into the soil.