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  The weather usually seems to have control throughout these first two months of the year, if it is mild you might like to occasionally 'top' the grass, maintaining at least twenty five millimetres of growth.

Make sure you keep off the grass if it's icy or waterlogged, the footprint you leave when walking on frozen grass will later show up as a yellow patch!
     
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mowers accessories   By now spring should have arrived, spike the lawn all over and remove any build up of dead grass and thatch, by either raking thoroughly or using a motorised scarifier. (If you have a moss problem, use a moss killer before you scarify, so that you don't just spread it around!)
Mow regularly, keeping blades high during march so as to just 'top' the grass, then gradually lower the cutting height throughout April taking off no more than a third of the grass length per cut. Re-seed bare patches and apply fertilizer towards the end of the month.
 
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  Treat with selective fertilizers or combined weed/feed preparations if you haven't already done so in April. If using a roller mower try to cut your lawn in a definite pattern, mowing twice a week whenever possible.
If you're using a mulching mower cut your grass in opposite directions each time you mow. For example, go north to south, east to west, diagonally left to right, diagonally right to left and so on. This will help cut more leaf surface on weeds which lean in the direction of mowing and will allow the grass to compete with them, it also reduces soil compaction and turf marks from the wheels. (This method should be used all year if mulching)

 
 
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Lawn mowers, garden tractors, mowers, chainsaws   Now's the time to treat your lawn with its second application of fertilizer, try not to do this during excessively dry spells of weather. Continue to mow on a regular basis remembering not to cut the grass too closely, otherwise the ground may start to dry out. If this happens fill in any cracks which have appeared with a mixture of sharp sand and soil.
 
     
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Lawn mowers, garden tractors, mowers, chainsaws   You can now reduce the frequency of your mowing and gradually raise the mower blades to allow the grass to thicken and protect roots from winter frosts and snow. This is a good time to rake out or scarify thatch from turf and to spike the lawn to assist with winter drainage. Area's which have been compacted over the summer months should be dealt with using a hollow tine aerator, this improves the lawns ability to access air through its root system and as a result grow healthily.
 
 
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Lawn mowers, garden tractors, mowers, chainsaws   Throughout these two months mow only if the weather remains mild, don't mow if very wet as this will compact the soil and encourage waterlogging.
Use a stiff broom to spread wormcasts lightly across the lawn or gather them up and put them on your borders. Clear fallen leaves and debris from your lawn, if left they will encourage worm activity and could cause fungal damage.
It is also the perfect time to look after your tools and to get your garden tractor or mower serviced in preparation for the subsequent season.

 

 



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