January - Lawn Tips
There should not be too much to do on the lawn this month other than removing fallen leaves and debris. In exceptoinally mild weather a cut may be necessary but keep blades high and stay off lawn if it is waterlogged or sodden.
February - Lawn Tips
Worm casts start to appear. Bruch with a besom or stiff broom when dry to disperse them. If you plan any reseeding start ground preparation in readiness.
March - Lawn Tips
The month of hard work but it will be worth it!
Scarify the lawn gently using a lawn rake or powered equipment. This gets rid of the lawn 'thatch', winter debris and raises the foliage of weeds prior to mowing.
Spike the lawn (more hard work!) all over using a garden fork or powered equipment. This will relieve compaction, aid drainage and stimulate new growth.
Apply lawn sand for moss control if necessary.
Keep mower blades high to just 'top' the grass.
April - Lawn Tips
This is the month to re-seed bare areas, apply fertilisers and moss killers toward the end of the month.
Mow regularly, lowering the blades gradually for that perfect finish!
May - Lawn Tips
Continue mowing regularly and lower height of cut. Best month for selective weed killing or combined weed/ feed if you haven't fed the lawn in April.
TIP - If your mower produces a striped finish bear in mind that to show it off the lawn should be viewed along the stripes not across them. Where will your visitors be looking at it from?
June - Lawn Tips
More hard work. Twice a week cutting if conditions are not too dry. Water grass if necessary remembering to soak thoroughly.
July - Lawn Tips
Continue the relentless mowing and water if dry. Don't cut the grass too short. Use selective weedkiller as necessary
August - Lawn Tips
Keep up the mowing and watering. If the grass has grown excessively whilst you have been sunning yourself abroad raise the height of the cut on the lawnmower to 'top' the grass first before getting back down to the Summer height. Fill cracks caused by very dry conditions with a mixture of sharp sand and soil.
September - Lawn Tips
This is the month to raise the height of cut by approximately a quarter of an inch. This will allow the grass to thicken and protect roots against frost and snow in the Winter. Disperse worm casts and apply fertiliser to boost growth if necessary. it is a good time to scarify the lawn and spike any compacted areas to aid drainage.
October - Lawn Tips
Cutting should be coming to an end. Raise the height of cut further. Rake up any fallen leaves as these will increase worm activity
November - Lawn Tips
More time to put your feet up this month! if weather is dry and not frosty mow with high cutting height. Remove worm casts and fallen leaves.
December - Lawn Tips
Use a besom or stiff broom to remove worm casts. Generally keep off the grass to avoid compacting or rutting with barrows etc. Enjoy Christmas and look forward to it all starting again in the Spring.
Keep engine clean
Remove all grass and debris from the engine including the exhaust/exhaust guard, the air ways in the top cowl and the surrounding deck areas on a daily basis after use. Never spray the engine with water during cleaning. Water can contaminate the fuel. Always clean with a brush or compressed air. Grass and debris may clog the engine’s air cooling system especially after prolonged operation while cutting tall, dry grass. The internal cooling fins and surfaces may require cleaning to prevent overheating and engine damage. We recommended that this service be carried out by an authorised Hayter Service dealer.
Remove grass debris from the grassbag immediately after use and check its condition for signs of damage. To prevent accidents replace a damaged grassbag immediately.
Remove grass debris from the top and underside of the deck housing immediately after use. Fertilisers and top dressings are particularly corrosive. Thoroughly clean the mower deck immediately after use on treated grass and store well away from corrosive materials.