How to care for your lawn during the winter
You’ve managed to perfect your lawn in the summer, all the hard work that you put into your grass for 2018 will be wasted if you’re not looking after and maintaining your progress over the winter.
In most parts of the country, your lawn grass becomes dormant over the winter and it’s often too cold for any grass to grow.
But it’s not the time for leaving your lawn alone with the mindset that you’ll pick it up again next year, more that you’ll look after your lawn, ready for spring so that you’re in the best possible position to get your lawn back to its glory by the summer.
Fertilizer is a great way to make sure that the soil and grass stays, well, fertile. Apply an autumn fertilizer just before winter sets in; it will encourage root growth and will often have moss control added in. Use a broadcast spreader for best results; this will save you time and frustration from dispersing by hand and give an even application.
Take care to obey the instructions on the packaging of the fertilizer – not enough of the product and there’s no point in wasting your time – too much and the fertilizer can stress your grass. Take your time and get it right the first time round.
Aeration is just as important throughout the winter months as it is the summer ones and letting a little extra air into the grassroots is a great technique for keeping a healthy and good looking lawn.
Take a fork and push in as deep as you can; repeat every 4” to allow the lawn to breath. Depending on how large your lawn is, it can be a wise move to rent or invest in a motorised pedestrian aerator – but this of course relies on how much you like manual labour.
Rake and Moss
Last, but not least comes the importance of raking and looking for moss on your lawn. Once all the leaves have fallen, rake them up to keep the lawn clear of debris. This will minimize bare patches and weeds in the spring.
Remember, moss loves winter, so keep on top of it. Use a fertilizer late autumn which has added moss control, and then follow up over winter as needed with dedicated moss control treatments. The moss will go black, but it will soon decompose in the spring once warmer weather arrives.