Looking after your lawn over winter

Lawn Care Tips | Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:32 am by

It’s autumn and you’re sick and tired of clearing leaves up from what was a perfect lawn not two months ago. Come winter, your lawn is pale and perhaps a little worn in places, where you’ve had to get to the shed in wet weather.

A familiar story? It’s only natural that it’s not looking at its peak, most things don’t in winter, but that’s no reason to stop you from giving your lawn a bit of winter lawn treatment.

Follow these simple steps, and we’ll guarantee you’ll have a lawn that’s the envy of the neighbourhood come springtime.

Preparing for winter

We recommend you start your winter lawn preparation in October/November. Yes, we’re afraid that includes clearing fallen leaves, in readiness for one last cut. Mowing your lawn ready for winter is essential. Equally important is ensuring you keep the blades of your mower high. You’re just trimming the top!

Aerating your lawn

With a garden fork, you’ll need to spike the lawn to increase drainage, letting some good autumnal air to the roots. We recommend brushing some sand or horticultural grit into the holes you’ve made to prevent them from closing up.

Feed your lawn, and it’ll thank you!

You’re now at the feeding stage. A good winter lawn feed is vital if you want a lawn that will flourish the following year. Purchase yourself a good winter lawn fertilizer that will strengthen the roots of your lawn and get rid of any pesky moss.

Don’t rake live moss! There you’ve been warned. If you do, you’re merely helping to spread their spores all around your garden. Instead, use your winter grass feed and let it do its business, you’ll find that after a few weeks the moss will have turned black – now you can rake it out!

Treating bare patches

It’s pretty natural come autumn/winter that you have one or two bare patches in your lawn. Autumn is the best time to address these patches, and the easiest way to do it is with a good quality patching kit that will consist of compost, seed and fertilizer.

You can do it yourself with a good quality topsoil and grass seed. It’s up to you. Just keep in mind that over seeding can cause weak growth.

Put the kettle on

Probably the most crucial step, put the kettle on, kick back and relax. The only thing left to do is keep an eye on your lawn over the winter months; it may need watering if there’s a period of dry weather.

Just make sure the dog stays off the treated lawn, and perhaps you could put a winter ban on ball games…just a suggestion!

Roll on springtime and a lush, green lawn with no patches! If you find your lawn is beyond repair come the warmer months, you can always have a fresh start with an entirely new lawn.