IF YOU want to maintain a healthy looking lawn throughout winter and have it ready to spring back when the weather warms up, it needs to have a little extra tender loving care now.
During winter the wet, low temperatures and low sunshine causes trouble for lawns.
When the leaves start to fall make sure you clear them from the lawn.
Any leaves or debris left lying around will deprive the lawn underneath of the light it needs and encourage dry, brown patches to develop, as well as promote the growth of moss and weeds.
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Now is the time to mow your lawn for the last time in a while. It is critical to check the height of the lawnmower at this stage as longer blades of grass will help protect the lawn from frost and improve photosynthesis for a healthier lawn when less sunlight is available.
Don’t cut the grass any shorter than five centimetres so it can make better use of less sunlight.
Using an autumn fertiliser is also recommended. Look for a fertilizer which has a low nitrogen content and a high level of potassium and phosphorus.
The increased amount of potassium and phosphorus strengthens the grass and increases its resistance to frost.
Traditional lawn fertilisers should not be used at present since they contain a high amount of nitrogen, which encourages soft leaf growth and make the lawn grow faster. This will make it more susceptible to frost.
With high usage over summer your lawn may also have areas where it has compacted, such as play areas or high traffic areas from the back door or patio area.
These areas are likely to have drainage issues, develop moss and or weeds.
Improve these areas by pushing a garden fork into the ground as far as you can. Wiggle it back and forth to create air channels. This can be repeated across the areas in need with air channels roughly 10 centimetres apart.
A ready mixed bag of sandy top dressing can be purchased from your local garden centre to brush over the surface of the lawn to it fills the holes.
This will allow air and water to get into the lawn and bring it back to life.
If you take care of the lawn now, you are guaranteed to have the best looking lawn on the block throughout winter.