Autumn / Winter Lawn Care Advice

18th May 2021

Most homeowners care less about their lawn at this time of year as the temperature drops. However, the work we carry out during this time is some of the most important of the year. Moss development, persistent weeds and drainage issues are all common issues that can occur during winter, and if not dealt with can lead to further problems and costs when spring comes around.

Each maintenance task and treatment application ensures that when the time comes for us to sit outside and enjoy our gardens again, your lawn is in great shape.

Lawn Care Tips

Caring for your lawn doesn’t always require a visit from your local Lawn Master expert. Follow these simple & cost-free lawn care advice to keep your lawn healthy over winter.

1 Cut back trees, bushes and herbaceous borders. This helps prevent lawn diseases from spreading.

cut back bushes

2 Clear away children’s play equipment and garden furniture. This prevents shade and maximises the flow of air across the grass keeping it drier and lessening disease pressure.

football bare patch

3 Clear fallen leaves as quickly as possible. Left to lie on the lawn, they prevent sunlight and airflow from reaching the grass.

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4 Whenever possible, try to limit the amount of time you spend walking across the lawn. If your unable to keep off your lawn, varying your route reduces excessive wear to one area.

footsteps on lawn

5 Remove dew with the back of a flat rake. Most disease problems occur when dew stay on the grass all day long. You’ll have a lovely striped effect making visitors think you’re a pro!

dew on grass

6 The odds are shortening on a white Christmas. However, if you get a covering of snow, build snowmen on the soil or patio to ensure patches of your lawn don’t remain covered.

snow

Book your winter treatment

The application of our winter treatment ensures lawns emerge from winter dormancy strong, healthy and ready to grow. Applied as a liquid, an essential component is iron. Iron is a winter turf hardener which toughens the grass plant to make it resilient to harsh weather conditions, it also discourages the growth of moss. Visually it produces a dark green colour without encouraging excessive growth. The acidifying effect of iron can reduce worm cast activity, helps create a suitable environment for the growth of perennial grasses, and can prevent turf diseases and fungal attacks.

The winter treatment also provides essential nutrients for root development which gives lawns improved strength and stability. Potassium, for example, strengthens the plant’s cell walls and improves its tolerance to stress from cold and disease.

Treating lawns when it is wet and cold is still beneficial. When a winter feed is applied, especially one containing iron, having it drenched onto the leaf and into the soil is beneficial and rainfall can help the effectiveness of the fertiliser. The application may freeze to the leaf surface if it is cold enough, then as it thaws it gets to where it’s needed just as well.

Aeration

During autumn and winter our operatives are busy aerating lawns, which relieves compaction, allows oxygen into the root zone and enourages root growth. Carried out regularly it also improves drainage and prevents waterlogging.

Solid-tine aeration is included once per year in our standard treatment programme.

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