Get Ready for Winter: 8 Tips to Help Protect Your Lawn Until Spring
What a year it’s been. We’re nearly at the end though, and before you know it, it’ll be spring again. Before that, we need to get through winter. This means preparing your lawn now for the colder months, so it emerges strong, healthy and ready for 2021.
1. Remove leaves
Fallen leaves on your lawn may encourage disease, so get out into your garden and clear them up regularly. Pick up any fallen branches at the same time. Keeping on top of this job improves the look of your lawn, as well as getting you out into the fresh air.
A great way to stop deciduous hedges and trees from dropping their leaves on your lawn is to cut them back. It’s best to check when the ideal time for pruning is, but most deciduous trees should be pruned in their dormant season, that is going into winter. Shrubs tend to need pruning in the spring, however if your shrubs have been planted within the last 2 years formative pruning can take place now.
3. Rake out moss
Moss may be more evident in your lawn as we come into winter, particularly if it was previously hidden under overhanging shrubs that have now lost their leaves,giving you a better view of the ground beneath. You can rake this out to improve the look of the lawn, but for a longer term fix take a look at our article about moss and your lawn. If you don’t feel like tackling the moss yourself speak to us about how scarification can remove both moss and heavy thatch.
4. Pull out weeds
Pull out any weeds that you see as you rake your lawn. If the weed problem seems particularly severe, All Green Lawn Treatments has a range weed killers that are suitable for spot treatment.
5. Mow carefully
Whether or not you need to mow your lawn at this time of year will very much depend on the weather. You should keep off the grass if it’s very wet, so if you do get a period of dry weather before we get further into winter, then it’s worth getting the mower out. If you decide the lawn does need mowing, raise the blades to avoid cutting the grass too short.
6. Service your mower
Regardless of the weather you will need your mower far less over the coming months. Take the opportunity to service it or get someone to do it for you. That way it’ll be ready to go when spring finally arrives.
7. Protect against waterlogging
All Green Lawn Treatments generally recommends that lawn aeration takes place in the spring. If your soil is heavily compacted however, aerating it now can offer some protection against waterlogging in the winter.
8. Feed your lawn
Fertilizers used at this time of year are focussed on feeding the roots of your grass, to help it survive the winter. Contact us to talk about our year-round treatment service, which ensures that lawn always gets what it needs when it needs it.