Gardening can be tough over the colder months and many people find themselves asking- how can I keep my lawn healthy over winter? Here’s all of the expert top tips, from when to stop mowing your lawn to keeping it green and flourishing
Keeping your lawn healthy over winter is important if you want flourishing grass come spring.
It can be tough to keep the garden up to scratch over autumn and winter, especially here in the UK where we suffer through many months of rain, snow and frost.
But there are a few simple guidelines you can follow to keep your lawn looking in shape — and it doesn’t require much effort.
Here are some easy top tips to help keep things flourishing in your garden.
When to stop cutting your grass
Over-mowing is bad for your grass — no matter the season.
But over the winter months, certain plants and shrubs grow slower.
As temperatures drop, your lawn will enter a dormant stage where growth dwindles.
The best way to figure out if your lawn’s dormant phase has started is to check the air temperature.
Jeremy Yamaguchi, the CEO of Lawn Love, told Gardening etc. “most species of grass begin going dormant once temperatures fall consistently below 50˚F (10˚C).
“For many parts of the country this will be in late October or sometime in November.”
This is around the time you should stop mowing.
How to keep a healthy lawn in winter
Gardening expert Samantha Jones told the Express: “Lawns can suffer over winter, especially with harsh weather and fewer daylight hours.
“Give the lawn a good raking to remove moss, leaves and dead material.
“Then, use your fork to spike holes at regular intervals across the lawn.
“This will add drainage for those extra wet days and prevent water logging.”
Plenty of experts also recommend that you use feed to give your garden an added boost in the chillier weeks of the year.
Feeds can help to keep your grass a lovely green colour and also help it fight against diseases.
If possible, you should also avoid walking over your lawn in winter.
This might be impossible for those with children or dogs, but reduced foot-traffic will protect from damage.
A build up of dead leaves can also cause water-logging and general mulch.
Try to take leaves away as regularly as possible.
Fungal diseases can cause problems for grass patches so keep your eyes peeled for any signs of mould or trouble.
If you spot anything unusual – get in touch with a professional.
Follow all of the advice given, and you should be in store for a lovely green garden come spring time.