Spring Turf Care

Awakening Your Lawn

As the first signs of growth appear, it’s crucial to be proactive in your lawn care routine. Spring is a critical time for setting the foundation for a healthy turf throughout the year:

  • Begin regular mowing as soon as growth dictates, ensuring your mower blades are sharp for a clean cut.
  • Apply a spring fertiliser to kickstart growth and address any bare patches with seeding and top dressing.
  • Check for and address moss and thatch, potentially requiring scarification to promote healthy turf.

Key Points:

  • Early detection of growth allows for timely mowing, preventing the turf from becoming overgrown.
  • Properly maintained equipment ensures efficient and effective turf care.

Summer Turf Management

Nurturing in the Heat

Summer care is about balance; understanding when to intervene and when to let nature take its course is key:

  • Regular mowing is essential, though the frequency will depend on weather conditions. Aim for 2-3 times per week during active growth periods.
  • Watering is generally not necessary for established lawns, as most grasses will recover from drought. However, during prolonged dry spells, occasional watering may be beneficial.
  • A light summer feed can encourage continued vigour without promoting excessive growth.

Key Points:

  • Overwatering can be as detrimental as under-watering. Monitor your turf’s condition and weather forecasts to guide your watering schedule.
  • Enjoying your lawn is part of summer; regular maintenance ensures it remains a welcoming space for relaxation and activities.

Autumn Lawn Preparation

Preparing for the Colder Months

Autumn is a time to prepare your lawn for the winter ahead, ensuring it emerges healthy and robust in the spring:

  • Clear leaves and debris regularly to prevent the development of bare patches and diseases.
  • Apply an autumn fertiliser to strengthen the turf against winter stresses.
  • Reduce foot traffic and mowing if the lawn becomes waterlogged, to prevent compaction and damage.

Key Points:

  • Keeping the turf clear of debris prevents disease and ensures even exposure to light and air.
  • An appropriate autumn feed provides the nutrients needed for overwintering, promoting resilience against cold and damp.

Winter Turf Maintenance

A Time for Rest and Minimal Care

Winter maintenance is generally minimal but important for the overall health of your turf:

  • Mild winters may still require occasional mowing; ensure conditions are not wet to avoid damaging the turf.
  • Use this time to neaten lawn edges, enhancing the lawn’s appearance and making spring maintenance easier.

Key Points:

  • Allow snow to melt naturally; physical removal can damage the turf.
  • Winter is an excellent time for equipment maintenance, ensuring readiness for the busier seasons ahead.


What Month Should You Lay Turf?

  • Turf is ideally laid in mid-autumn but can be done any time from then until early spring, provided the soil conditions are favourable.

How Do You Maintain Turf?

  • Regular removal of debris and gentle cleaning are key. For artificial turf, use a mild soap solution for cleaning and rinse thoroughly.

How Do You Maintain Newly Laid Turf?

  • Watering is critical in the early stages; twice daily in hot weather, reducing as the turf establishes. After six weeks, watering can typically be reduced further.

How Do I Look After My Lawn All Year Round?

  • Seasonal care is crucial: spring fertilisation and scarification, regular summer mowing, autumn debris clearance and feeding, and minimal winter maintenance.

How Much Does It Cost to Turf a Lawn in the UK?

  • Costs vary widely based on the turf quality and your specific needs, ranging from £2.40 to £6.90 per m².


Maintaining a healthy turf year-round requires a blend of proactive care and reactive measures tailored to the season’s demands. Hunts Engineering provides not only the expertise but also the essential tools, such as the Baroness Greens Mower and Mitox Pruners, to support your turf maintenance efforts. By adhering to these seasonal guidelines, you can ensure your turf remains robust, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing throughout the year, fulfilling the needs of farmers and gardening enthusiasts alike.