Winter is a quiet time for the lawn. It’s essential to keep foot traffic to a minimum and to keep an eye on the growth of the lawn.
In warm spells the lawn can spurt into sudden growth and may even need a light trim, keep this to the bare minimum and remove only the top third of growth using a quality rotary lawnmower.
Feeding and Conditioning
Do not feed the grass over the winter. Fertiliser will speed the grass into premature growth that will not withstand the weather conditions and could actually kill the lawn. Instead wait until spring when feeding will give your lawn the best possible start for the season ahead. After heavy rain, check and see whether water is puddling on the lawn, this is a sign that the soil is compacted and will benefit from aerating later in the spring. Sweep up any fallen leaves and keep the lawn free from any debris.
Weed and Moss Control
Root out large weeds from the lawn and keep the garden weeds under control so that they cannot seed and spread into the lawn.
Keep off newly sown or turfed areas of lawn. If a heavy frost lifts new turfs then use a heavy roller during a dry spell to level them out again. If you are planning to sow a new lawn dig over the area during the winter and leave the soil in clumps on the surface for the frost to break it up. Use the winter months as a time to plan and prepare for the season ahead. If your garden needs a new lawn then plan it out over the winter so that you are ready for action when the warmer spring weather arrives.