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Looking after Your Lawn in Winter

Looking after Your Lawn in Winter

Date posted: 13 November 2012

Lawns in winter are best left alone as much as possible. Unless it is totally unavoidable, they should be walked on as little as possible and if conditions are mild and they need a mow, this should be with the blades on the very highest setting so the grass isn’t stressed. If leaves and debris build up on the grass, it can be lightly raked or if you hire a scarifier it is possible to use this with the blade set high so the lawn is groomed rather than really worked down to the roots.

Aerate Your Lawn
As long as no frosts or snow is forecast, it is a good idea to aerate the lawn once or twice throughout the winter. This will improve drainage and can be quickly accomplished by hiring an aerator. Aerators and scarifiers are not the kind of garden tools most people own at home, but hiring is very simple from Best at Hire.

Your mower should be serviced in the winter so it is ready for use as the weather warms up. Having sharp blades on the mower is one of the top tips for lawn care whatever the season.

Plant Bulbs
If you have planted bulbs in the lawn these should be coming up and be visible during the early winter and by January will hopefully be showing some early colour. Snowdrops are best planted ‘in the green’ so as soon as the flowers have faded, you can lift some from the more crowded areas and move them to either fill in a thinner patch or to start new drifts elsewhere. The feed that your lawn will have been receiving throughout the year will have helped the bulbs but unless the leaves are making the grass stressed, they should be left to die back naturally if possible.

Look after Your Tools
Winter is a great season for putting garden tools to rights if any need maintenance. Tools with blades should be cleaned thoroughly and stored in a dry place, with a thin coating of mineral oil to protect the metal. All wooden parts should be checked for rot as this may weaken those tools and cause unnecessary accidents.

The lawn in winter will hopefully look after itself. If it has had the proper care and attention throughout the rest of the year, it should come up smiling again in spring.

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