Should I treat my lawn in the Winter?

Winter is a season in which you might not even consider venturing out to your lawn, there are still a few jobs which can be completed to aid strong recovery and growth during Spring.

Of course having a professional lawn treatment will benefit your lawn immensely, we apply a slow release granular fertiliser which will aid nutrient retention during the colder months , we will also continue to target the lawn weeds – if your lawn does turn yellow – don’t worry , this is just a sign that the lawn has turned dormant to help it through the Winter months, just as a tree will shed its leaves.

Once Spring arrives, the work put in will become apparent, the nutrients that have been stored will be released and the lawn will grow beautifully full of health and vitality

Snow

For all its beauty (albeit short-lived in this area),  once the snow has fallen, it can actually be quite damaging to your lawn. The colder, wetter weather can bring lawn disease, common in the UK are Snow mould and Red Thread – if you think you have either of these, give us a call and we can advise upon a course of treatment. Snow Mould will leave a white appearance to the grass and can result in large yellowing and patchy grass, Red Thread is identifiable by a red tint to large areas of your lawn.

We recommend the following;

  • Avoid excessive contact with a lawn under a blanket of snow, the same applies for a frosted lawn, as the blades will be frozen and are easily damaged if crushed.
  • Try to clear the snow from your lawn. Once it begins to melt, your lawn can easily become waterlogged damaging the already under strain root system.
  • In deep snow, there is not a lot you can do, wait it out but try to clear as recommended above when safe to do so.

For us, snow means we cannot apply treatments, we will rebook for the next available day to ensure you receive the necessary treatments in a timely manner

 

Minimise contact

Try to avoid contact with the lawn as much as possible during winter. If practical keep off when wet or frosty, as the grass is not actively growing and it will not repair itself until Spring.

Cutting

Only cut the lawn if necessary. Do not cut if the ground is excessively wet or frosty.

Clear leaves and obstructions

Use a light rake or brush to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris.  allow as much daylight onto the lawn as possible. Pack away the garden toys and furniture.

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Worm casts

Worms improve the nutrient content of a soil and are beneficial to the soil structure. Worm casts are best left to dry, raked into the turf or then swept away with a stiff brush.worm casts

Service your lawn mower

Service or replace your mower if necessary  (you can find some absolute bargains on Facebay) ready for Spring . As always make sure that the blades are in good condition and are sharp.

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