3 tips to wind down your lawn for winter
As the holiday season approaches much of your attention will turn to how your home looks indoors instead of out – aside from perhaps a few festive decorations dotted about!
While prepping your lawn for winter may not be at the top of your to-do list, it will prove helpful in securing a flying start for your spring lawn.
Tip 1: Protect your grass
During winter, your lawn becomes vulnerable to the effects of frost, snow and disease, which requires extra help to stay strong and healthy. Feeding your lawn for winter with the right fertiliser at the right time of year will provide it with all the nutrients it needs to get through the colder months and emerge healthy in spring.
If you’re worried that your lawn might be already showing signs of being sick, you may wish to consider applying a QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser. This fertiliser is high in phosphate and potassium that team up to strengthen the root system and harden your grass so it can build immunity against disease. As it is a quick-release fertiliser, it will quickly protect your lawn when it needs it most. A slow-release winter fertiliser will replicate the same results over a longer period of time.
Tip 2: Quick tidy up
It may seem obvious, but clearing leaves and debris off your lawn regularly will help its condition when spring rolls around. Leaves left on your lawn create an extra layer of moisture that can encourage fungal diseases to form. During winter, most trees will have completed most of their autumnal shredding, so carrying out a final tidy-up will help your lawn breathe a sigh of relief! Our grass seed bags are excellent for collecting leaves, or if you have an unused spot in your garden, you can redeposit them there to create a home for wildlife. Tidying up leaves isn’t the only thing you can do to help your grass out – moving unused furniture or objects in your garden – e.g. swing sets, trampolines etc. can give your grass a much-needed opportunity to recover.
Tip 3: Mower maintenance
Blunt blades and faulty parts can stop you in your tracks when your grass needs a haircut come spring! Servicing your mower now saves you a job, so you can get going as soon as your grass resumes growing. If you are looking to replace your lawnmower or upgrade to a cylinder lawnmower for those statement stripes, Black Friday and January Sales are a great opportunity to nab a bargain!
Looking for more lawn care tips throughout the year? Check out our Lawn Care Calendar.