You spend all summer mowing and watering your lawn to keep it healthy and looking good, but once cooler temperatures arrive, it’s time to change your focus to protecting your lawn during its dormant period.
Here are some ways to get your lawn winter ready…
Mow with the flow
If you watch the growth of your grass, you will notice that it will slow down rapidly as winter nears; similarly, slow down your mowing. Also, don’t cut along the same lines every time you mow otherwise your lawn will develop a grain that follows this regular cutting pattern, causing it to lean to the side (yes, we’re not making this up!) and form uneven grooves. Our last tip on mowing is, depending on the variety of lawn, be sure to mow no more than one third of the length of the grass blade otherwise you will be cutting the roots and not encouraging a deep and luscious matt to form.
Keep the surface clear
Particularly as autumn winds down, if you (or your neighbour) have trees that drop their leaves and debris onto your lawn, rake frequently to ensure the leaves don’t “smother” your lawn and leave dead patches – we don’t want to block out any of that cool winter sunlight. Make sure to only rake the surface and not lift any of those precious roots out of the ground.
Wangle out those weeds
Dandelions and other “grass-loving” weeds tend to take over and absorb all the nutrients your grass needs. Do a thorough weeding often, and even apply herbicide to ensure your grass is getting it’s fill.
Aerate the soil
While getting down and dirty weeding your lawn, be sure to aerate your lawn by punching small holes into the soil. Whilst you can get fancy tools that will make this task a lot easier (especially if you have large sections of lawn), it can also be done with a garden fork. Pay special attention to high traffic areas as the soil is often more compacted in these areas, preventing the grass taking in essential nutrients.
Organically happy grass
Give your grass a healthy feed organic compost, like our chicken litter-based compost that is acts as a natural fertilizer slowly releasing into the soil.