The winter months are a quiet time for gardening, with unsuitable weather putting tending to your garden on hold. However, completely leaving your lawn during the colder months can leave it looking a lot worse once spring comes around. Here are five essential lawn care tips for keeping it looking its best this winter.

Keep on top of mowing

Although it may be tempting to leave the grass during the cold, wet and icy months, take advantage of any warmer days as an opportunity to mow your lawn. It might look like the grass has stopped growing in the winter, but this is not the case; taking a small amount off with the mower will keep it tidy and stimulate growth.

Aerating the lawn

Aerating is punching holes in the lawn, for example using a garden fork, about 3 – 4 inches deep to allow the lawn to ‘breath’. The holes will allow oxygen, water and other elements into the grass and its roots, keeping the lawn healthy when the cold weather could cause it to freeze over and lose out on nutrients.

Keep it tidy

You may see a few toys and large stray sticks on the lawn as the cold weather starts to hit and decide to tidy it all up in the spring. This is actually one of the worst things you can do in the winter; leaving objects on the grass with frost and snow piling on top of them will lead to dead, yellow patches once spring comes around.

Fertilise and over seed as the winter begins

Just before the first big freeze is going to set in, fertilising your lawn will help replace any nutrients lost in the freeze. As well as fertilising, over seeding will help any parts which are already damaged or dead, ensuring that come spring they will have had time to grow.

Weeding

Weeding isn’t exactly the most fun task in the garden, but it is an essential one all year round. Weeds are aggressive and can kill your lawn by taking nutrients needed for the grass. Mix this with the heavy frost and snow that’s to be expected in the winter and you’ll be left with a dying, brown lawn once the frost clears.

Tree and Lawn

At Tree and Lawn, our team of experts can carry out a range of lawn care for your garden all year round. If these winter tips just aren’t doable on your own, or you’d rather keep warm inside but don’t want your lawn to suffer, then we are here to help. For more information on our services or to get started with your lawn care, get in touch by calling us on 01206 243484, send us an email at peter@treeandlawn.co.uk, or send a message through our website and we will get back to you shortly.