Hilltop Nurseries, 
Clacton Road, Weeley, 
Essex, CO16 9DN
01255 830325

November 25, 2022

Freezing weather? Keep off the grass!

Lawns can look absolutely stunning in winter - the glint of frost on grass is just beautiful. But, as tempting as it may be to talk a walk in your garden when it's glistening, don't! Or rather, avoid walking on your frosty lawn as much as possible.

In fact, it's a good idea to keep off the grass when lawns are wet, frozen or covered in snow. These times are when grass is most vulnerable and susceptible to damage.

And what we know is that damaged lawns are more susceptible to further damage, such as pests or funguses (such as snow mould).

Lawns which are damaged in winter will often fail to repair until springtime, so it really is worth staying off the lawn if you want to be able to enjoy your lawn once the weather warms up in March.

It's also really important to keep children's equipment (such as slides), vehicles (even bikes!) and storage boxes off of the grass during these times, as the weight can easily damage wet ground beneath the snow.

If you must use your lawn, consider laying a plank of flat wood down which you can use as a board to walk along - but do it minimally. Also, consider wearing lighter shoes instead of winter boots with large, heavy gripping soles, and lift up the wood as soon as you're off of it.

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