How to Care for Your Lawn in Winter

Is your lawn winter ready?

As temperatures drop, it can be quite easy to neglect your lawn. While less maintenance is required during the winter months, abandoning your lawn altogether should not be an option. Here’s some advice on what you can do to keep your lawn in top tip shape during those colder months.

Clear the leaves

Don’t let the leaves remain on the grass too long as this can block sunlight and create brown or yellow patches on the grass. Use a rake or leaf blower to gather the leaves. It is easiest to remove leaves while they are still dry. Leaving leaves for longer will also encourage the growth of mould, moss and breed lawn disease.

Let the Grass Grow

The growth rate slows considerably during the winter months, therefore less mowing is needed. Ideally, the last time you cut the grass for the year should be in November and the next cut should be around March as temperatures increase. Do not mow the lawn in temperatures below 5 degrees celsius.

Keep Off the Lawn

Walking or driving on frozen turf can reap long term damage from just a short moment of doing so. Wet and frosty grass is easily damaged and will not repair until spring. Avoid being stuck with dark imprints on your lawn as the damaged areas repair by staying off the lawn. If the lawn allows access to another area and foot traffic is unavoidable, consider laying a path of stepping stones as a solution.

Watch for Worm Casts

Worm casts are small mounds of soil expelled by worms. If left alone, they can be the perfect patch for weed germination and can also encourage moss. Additionally, untreated worm casts can lead to unevenness of your lawn over time. Avoid this by allowing them to dry, then use a broom to lightly brush away.

Water Less

It is important that your lawn has the right amount of water. You don’t want it soaking wet or too dry. To check that the soil is has the right balance of water, dig a small hole and examine the soil, it should be dark and moist.

If you need more advice about caring for your turf during winter, our team of experts at IvinghoeTurf will be happy to assist. Visit our knowledge centre or contact us to learn more.

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