As the nights start to draw in and the temperatures plummet, it’s tempting to forget about the garden and slip in to hibernation mode.
But we don’t recommend taking too much time off! There is still some essential maintenance to be done to protect your lawn during the harshest months of the year.
Here are some top tips that will help your lawn survive the winter.
Winter Feeding – People used to be cautious about feeding their lawns during the winter, the argument being that too much feed during the wet periods can create excessive top growth at the expense of strong roots. However, there are special winter fertilisers on the market specifically designed to stop this from happening. These will replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months.
Frost – Just before the first frost sets in, aerate your lawn to prevent soil compaction, then apply a lawn fertiliser. With less activity likely on your lawn at this time of year, the fertiliser will seep in slowly, providing nutrients throughout the winter. And when you aerate and fertilise, avoid moving in a single set of straight lines, otherwise you’ll have obvious lines of healthy grass in the spring. It’s also important to keep people off the grass when it’s frosty as the extra weight can do further damage. If it snows, avoid using salt near your lawn. If you must use salt, opt for calcium chloride-based mixtures, which are less harmful than sodium chloride-based ones.
Grass Growth – Make sure your grass is as short as possible at the end of the season. Short grass protects any new growth that may be more fragile near the end of the growing season. It’s possible that your grass may continue to grow through the winter if there’s a sustained spell of warmer weather. If that happens, you can cut it but don’t take more than a third off and only mow when it’s dry.
Prevent waterlogging – Heavy rain might lead to puddles of water forming on your lawn. When this happens it’s because the soil is compacted underneath the grass. Identify the areas where puddles form and aerate them when the lawn dries out. It’s also important to keep foot traffic to a minimum in the winter months, particularly when a lawn is wet.
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