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Caring In The Cold: Looking After Your Lawn

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As the icy cold clutches of the worst of the winter weather start to draw ever closer, our attention returns to our gardens, as they have done in the summer months. However, the reasons behind our watchful horticultural eyes are vastly different – this time of year, we’re trying to prevent the cold weather from stripping our gardens bare and killing off all our hard work of the last 12 months.

Mowing the lawn is something that becomes less necessary as winter approaches, but your lawn will still require maintenance during the colder months.

Don’t Mow

The winter months can be damaging on a lawn, and one of the reasons for NOT mowing your lawn at this time of year is because you can actually end up churning it up. As a lawn receives less heat during the winter it will struggle to dry out after wet weather, or when any snow on its surface has melted. Consequently, attempting to mow your lawn when it’s still not fully dry will often result in tearing up parts of the lawn with your mower – instead of a neatly cut lawn, you’re left with a muddy mess.

Avoid Too Much Foot Traffic

Walking on a lawn in the winter time should also be kept to a minimum, as this can cause bare tracks to emerge through the grass as well as damaging what little fragile growth is going on underneath. This type of damage is more likely to occur when a lawn is wet and it has been closely cut.

Remove Debris

Debris can also accumulate on a lawn from autumn onwards, especially leaves, twigs and branches. If this isn’t removed then your lawn can end up looking discoloured because sunlight hasn’t been able to reach it – smothered lawns will easily die off in places, so it’s important to keep it clear to allow the small amount of growth to flourish.

Don’t Overuse Fertiliser

Fertiliser shouldn’t be overused on your lawn during the winter. Putting too much fertiliser on a lawn can make it dehydrated, and cause what is known as fertiliser burn – a common symptom during the colder weather. There may be a temptation to apply fertiliser to a lawn during every season, especially during winter when growth is slow or non-existent, but doing so at a time when there is slow growth can mean that grass is unable to absorb water efficiently. Discolouration will be one sign that fertiliser burn has affected a lawn.

Royce Turf & Irrigation Ltd was established in 1989 and since then we have become one of the South of England’s top turf and irrigation distributors. We cut turf to order, and have a fleet of vehicles that ensures that turf of any quantity can be delivered to you. Alternatively, you can collect your turf from us. For further information please call us on 01932 860 760, or find out more about our services through our website.

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