With the colder temperatures it is very easy to forget to ensure your lawn is prepared for the winter. There is still plenty of maintenance tasks to be done to keep your lawn healthy, all year round.
- Mowing. A commonly asked question is when should the last cut of the year be carried out. Our advice is as long as your grass is growing, keep mowing. If temperatures remain warm this period could extend well into November. Mow on a high setting, every 2-3 weeks to give the grass extra protection throughout the autumn and winter months. Mowing with a rotary mower is also a very effective way of collecting leaves and debris from your lawn.
- Carry Out Aeration. Carry out an aeration if you can. Winter is the perfect time to carry out either hollow tine, fracture tine or spiking aeration using a machine or it could be done on a small lawn with a garden fork. Just make sure the ground is not frozen or waterlogged as this can cause more damage than good.
- Clear Leaves Off The Lawn. Try your best to ensure that all autumn leaves are raked up and removed. The biggest issue with leaves is that it will stop sunlight from getting to your plants and essentially starving it. This can cause a high amount of damage to your lawn in a very short amount of time so if it isn’t too cold outside try to get rid of those leaves.
- Limit The Spread Of Moss. Keep that moss under control. Carry out an iron based moss control treatment during the month which will suppress the moss and stop it choking the grass from your lawn.
- Worm Casts. Did you know there are around 27 species of worms in the UK but only 3 create worm casts on the surface of your lawn. Worms are great for your lawns health, however the casts created need managing to avoid damage to the turf. Mow on a high setting during late autumn and winter. Clear leaves quickly from the lawn, as they will attract worms. Brush/blow away worm casts regularly to disperse them. Usually only possible when they have had time to dry little. Avoid walking on them as they will smear and choke the grass underneath, eventually causing bare patches that will then encourage moss and weed growth.