Winter lawn care
When admiring your beautiful winter garden, it is most comfortable when viewed from inside a snug, warm house! And fortunately, it’s the season when you should ease off comprehensive lawn care and reduce your efforts to provide general winter maintenance instead.
Whatever the weather brings, there’s little you can do when it comes to winter lawn care. But there are still a few jobs which will help your lawn to survive the coldest part of the year and be ready for its exuberant springtime launch.
What about cutting a lawn in winter?
Yes, you should mow your lawn in winter, but far less than in the summer. You can probably get by with as little as one cut a month, and it won’t be a big cut either (remembering to stick to the golden rule – never cut more than one third). But if you don’t cut your lawn in winter, you face a tough start to your springtime cut. Just be sure that your blades are really sharp to avoid tearing and stressing the grass leaves.
Should I aerate my lawn in winter?
Winter is a suitable time for aerating the lawn! The process (digging narrow channels into the earth to get air into the compacted soil) can be messy, leaving lots of tiny plugs of soil on the lawn’s surface; but aerating in the winter should avoid the risk of the soil beneath the grass drying out. It also helps with drainage. Find out more in the book Modern Lawn Care, as it has a really helpful chapter all about aeration.
Should I provide a winter lawn feed?
Proper lawn care calls for four seasonal feeds a year – and, yes, winter is one of them. However, be sure to select the right feed; a healthy winter feed will be low in nitrogen as top growth is not important, but higher in potassium and phosphate to give valuable support to the root systems and boost disease resistance. Our Rejuvenator Autumn/Winter Feed is ideal for winter lawn care.
Can I lay turf in winter?
Quite simply, yes. Though winter isn’t the most common season to lay turf, it could be a really good time to do so; the lawn is far less likely to be used which gives the turf plenty of time to establish. That said, it does come with some obstacles, such as weather, short daylight hours and frost. For our comprehensive guide for laying turf in winter, click here!
Which winter lawn care repairs should I complete?
With the lawn no longer in regular use, this is a convenient time of the year to do some grass repairs. You may have little patches of thin grass, perhaps in a shady spot or at a place of extreme wear. For very small areas, seeding is probably the best option but otherwise consider laying some new turf. By the following spring, your new turf should have bedded in well.
And what about bumps and dips? Now, while the grass is least active, is a good time to open up the turf and do a little ‘soil surgery’ to level it out.
How do I protect the lawn from winter weather?
Winter can be full of surprises bringing everything from flooding to long-lasting frost. Your lawn is surprisingly resilient to all of this, especially if you have looked after it well during the previous twelve months.
The book Modern Lawn Care explains how to devise a really simple but effective year-round care programme. Whatever the weather, just avoid adding further stress to the lawn (for example, try not to walk on the grass when there is a frost, and don’t cut it too short). If you leave your garden furniture outside through winter, move it around from time to time and keep the lawn clear of any falling branches and twigs.