This winter Andover, and the south of England, has been beset by heavy rainfall and frosts. In lieu of these extremes, it would be easy to let your lawn go. However, by the time the frost thaws and rain drain away, you’d be left with one big mess. The following are best practices to restore your lawn to its former glory.
Remove anything from your lawn that does not belong there. This includes leaves, toys, and other debris. Grass needs natural air to stay alive and during the winter, it does not get enough as is. But, when you have other things on top of the grass, the problem could become worse.
” There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.” – Clyde Moore
Try not to allow too much traffic on your grass during the winter months. Dormant grass is able to handle moderate traffic. But, when there is snow covering it, too much traffic will cause compaction and the grass won’t green up when spring comes around.
Be sure to fertilize and aerate your lawn before the winter. In the summer, your grass loses a lot of nutrients it needs. If you wait to fertilize it and a freeze occurs, your grass will not be in good shape. By fertilizing after the summer but before the first freeze, the roots of your lawn will be fed all winter lawn. Aeration, meanwhile, reduces compaction and improves drainage.
How Low Should You Mow?
Begin to cut your grass shorter in the fall, before it gets too cold out. This should be a gradual process, as cutting it too quickly could shock your lawn. It is important to get your grass as low as possible before snow falls, as this is a prime place for field mice and other critters to hide. Lawn care articles on http://salisburyturf.co.uk/ address this in more detail.
In conclusion, it’s common to forget about lawn care during the winter months. But, doing so could cause some big problems. Use the tips above to avoid such problems.