Winter is upon us and you should be starting to plan for caring for your lawn turf through the colder and frostier months. However, it’s important to remember that even in the cold spells the grass doesn’t stop growing and with this milder weather and increase in temperature the grass will probably keep growing through January, February and March.
As turf suppliers we are regularly asked how best to look after a lawn, so we have put together a few tips on how to look after your lawn this winter.
When to Mow Your Lawn Turf
If there are some warms spells and the grass or ground is not frozen it’s well worth getting the lawnmower out and cutting a good 10% – 25% off the top of your lawn turf. This not only tidies up your lawn, but it can stimulate growth, improve the health and density of the grass and keep away any unwanted disease.
Only cut the grass when the lawn is dry and never mow your lawn when it is wet or frosty in the winter. Also, let the grass grow up to 25% longer than in the summer, but as mentioned, don’t be afraid to take a bit off in the warmer days and weeks if you get the opportunity.
Clear all the Fallen Leaves and Debris
You should make sure to keep your lawn turf free from fallen leaves and any other garden debris. Fallen leaves especially can trap moisture and encourage diseases and worms, so it’s a good idea to get a brush or rake out and gently remove any unwanted foliage from the surface. Along with keeping the surface clear it is good to aerate the lawn with a spiking machine or fork once in a while.
Avoid Those Snowmen
Don’t worry too much about snow building up or laying on your lawn turf as the grass can survive perfectly well under those conditions. However, be careful of letting your children build snowmen on your lawn as snowmen can take much longer to defrost and disappear and you may notice it produces a bit of snow mould or ‘Fusarium Disease’ after the snow melts away.
Dealing With Worms, Moles and Algae
Worms are good for your soil and for your lawn turf. If you do see worm casts leave them until the dry out and then just brush them away with a broom.
Even though people don’t like to see mole mounds, moles are actually good for the soil as well. They become more active in the first few months of the new year, but wait until spring and then remove the mounds and seed over them when the time is right.
Keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris and try to keep it as well drained as possible. Excess water and excessive shade are the breeding ground for algae so try to reduce this as much as possible.
Get your lawnmower serviced before the spring rush starts. You don’t want spring to come around and find you are without your mower for a few weeks and you certainly don’t want to be cutting your grass with a blunt old blade. Experienced turf suppliers are always well prepared and get their lawnmowers booked in nice and early for the next year.
It’s important to give your lawn a nice well earned rest during the winter months. Walking on and using the lawn especially when wet or frosty can damage the blades and plant.