1. Walking on a frosty lawn may seem harmless at the time, however the damage will become evident once the frost has cleared. If you walk on your frozen lawn you will risk fracturing the grass plants and shearing the root structure, leaving dark discoloured footprints to form which will stay for quite some time. These footprints will remain and in some cases the damage can kill the grass completely.
2. Keep Lawns Clear Of Debris. Regularly clear debris off of your lawns. Debris and leaves laying on the surface for long periods of time will cause the grass to yellow and die-back leaving behind a much thinner grass coverage, leading to increased levels of weed and moss come springtime.
3. Look Out For Moss. Moss thrives on moisture therefore can spread across your lawn during winter months. If ground conditions are suitable, rake out any patches of moss to help grass recovery.
4. 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.
5. Mowing. Many people will lock up their mowers for the winter, never to be seen again until spring time. If the grass continues to grow at a slow rate it is worth giving the lawn a trim on a high setting every 3-4 weeks during December and January. Plan to have your mower serviced and blade sharpened over the next couple of months in preparation for spring.
6. Prepare Your Mower For Spring. Serving your mower ready for the cutting season is a must-do winter task. A good mowing regime is vitally important for a healthy lawn. Doing so with a suitable mower and a sharp blade will benefit your lawn by creating a healthier, denser grass sward.