Lawn tips: A gardening expert shares an ‘essential’ tip for keeping grass healthy
Looking after the lawn the right way will ensure the grass is healthy and thriving all year round. After all, a lawn is the focal point of most gardens. Although the lawn never stops growing completely, caring for the grass during its dormant period is crucial for those who want to see healthy new growth for the next season. With winter a few weeks away, it’s time to get the lawn ready for spring.
There are still seven weeks of winter left, so gardeners should take advantage of this time to maintain their lawns so they will flourish in the spring.
Luke Dejahang, CEO of Crown Pavillions, explained how the colder months make it more difficult for gardeners to take care of their lawns.
He said: “Being in the depths of winter can make it difficult to maintain your lawn and keep it cool in the colder months.
“So to get your garden ready for summer, you need to do some important maintenance tasks.”
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Do not walk on the grass
During the winter, it is important that Brits try to avoid standing on their grass as much as possible.
Frost is still common at this time of the month, so keep an eye out for particularly cold mornings, a sign that the lawn is very delicate.
Standing on the lawn at this time can cause damage because the grass cannot repair itself in winter.
Luke explained: “When it’s wet or freezing, it’s best to leave the grass alone and let it rest as much as possible.
“During this season of bad weather, grasses are not growing and will not be able to repair themselves until spring if they are damaged, which means it is best to avoid grass if you can.”
Instead, gardeners should work their lawn from the surrounding edges to avoid crushing the soft turf in the center of the grass.
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Fertilize the lawn
In winter, it is always important to fertilize the lawn.
However, another type of fertilizer should be used during this period.
Luke said: “Using granular fertilizers won’t work because the air temperature is too cold.
“Instead, the best solution is to use liquid iron and seaweed which can be absorbed and continue to protect the soil.”
Winter fertilizers are filled with phosphate and potassium at increased levels.
This will encourage root growth and strengthen the lawn below the ground.
Fertilizing in the winter will also help promote “healthy” grass growth for the spring.
Clean the lawn
Lawn cleaning is an essential part of winter lawn care.
A buildup of leaves and debris can create the ultimate breeding ground for unwanted pests.
Luke explained: “In winter, it’s always important to keep cleaning your lawn, making sure there’s no debris or leaves left.
“These things can choke out the grass, creating perfect conditions for unwanted pests.”
It also has an “essential” hack to keep the lawn healthy.
Luke said: “It’s also essential to keep raking the lawn to break up the clods and keep it healthy.”
Use a rake to remove dead leaves from your lawn and add them to your compost pile.
Alternatively, collect leaves from your lawn and make leaf mulch for your plants – they are an excellent organic source of nutrients for plant growth.