Traditionally March is the start of the lawn care calendar. Depending on the weather you normally start mid March with the mowing. This year, 2017, March is turning out to be quite wet, so it’s probably going to be a bit tricky, to pick the right time to mow. If you grass is dry enough, it really needs a couple of days of dry weather and a bit of a breeze, it’s worth getting the mower out and giving the grass the once over. Just make sure you use the mower on quite a high setting.
You should never take more than a third of the length of the grass blade off, as this can put the grass under a lot of stress, which makes it susceptible to disease and weeds taking over. Which in turn can make it struggle for the rest of the year, because of it’s poor start.
The blade of your mower should be really sharp, if the blade isn’t sharp it tends to rip at the grass and damage it.
I always aim to use the W as a guide for mowing. This basically means you start the year high right at the top of the left-hand line of the W, gradually dropping the height as the season goes on, during the summer if the weather is really hot raise the height again because the grass is not growing as quickly, bringing the height back down when the dry weather has passed, and
gradually raising the height again for the autumn, and the run in to the winter.
March is also the month to start your lawn maintenance, so aeration can be carried out and also scarification but as I mentioned earlier, the ground has to be suitable to carry out these processes. Better to wait a little longer than risk knocking back the grass because the ground is too wet or cold.
If the ground is very wet you are better keeping off it as much as possible, because you can compact the soil further which adds to the hardship for the grass to thrive. This will be rectified with the aeration process, but the less trampling the better.
Frosts are still possible, and again keep off the grass while it is frosted as you will damage the blades and get a series of dark green footprints going up your lawn.
Repairing your lawn is a good job for this time of year, this may mean new turf or re-seeding areas that are sparse, again let the weather dictate when or if this is possible to carry out.
Keeping general garden debris off your lawn is vital to maintain it’s health, so if you have got leaves or branches lying on your lawn remove these to allow the grass to see the sun.
Feeds and treatments can be used during this month, again, only if the ground conditions are suitable, if in doubt leave it a little longer for the conditions to improve.