Happy New Year! We hope you’re return to work after the Christmas celebrations hasn’t been too much of a shock. We’re kicking off the New Year with a reminder about what your lawn needs from you during the winter. Good news – less is more!

Winter is usually a quiet time for most gardeners, but (as always) a little effort now will help your lawn to stay healthy throughout the coming year.

Paynes Turfs’ Top Tips

Keep off the Grass

  • If you can, avoid walking on the lawn when it’s frosty or wet. Frozen grass and soggy soil is susceptible to damage and your lawn will soon look rather forlorn.

To Mow or Not to Mow

  • If the weather is warm and the ground is dry, mow your lawn. Mowing keeps grass at a manageable length, and allows sunlight to reach the soil line. Keeping your lawn too long over the winter could encourage the onset of lawn diseases.
  • Grass grows when the soil temperature is above 5°C but it will grow at a slower rate in winter.
  • And you should not mow when it’s wet or frosty – you’ll damage the grass.
  • Adjust the height of the blade so you only cut off the very top of the grass blades.
  • You’re mower will also benefit from some TLC – sharpen or replace the blades and get it serviced ready for spring.

A breath of fresh air

  • Aerating your lawn will encourage drainage, loosen the soil, and allow air to reach the root system.
  • You can buy a spiking machine, but a garden fork and a heavy stomp will do the job just as well.
  • If your lawn has been waterlogged, note the areas that have been under water and aerate these places more thoroughly in spring

It’s never too early for a spring clean

  • Worm casts can encourage moss and weeds to grow. If you spot worm casts, let them dry and then brush them away with a stiff broom.
  • Trim along paths and borders to tidy up the lawn.
  • Clear fallen leaves, twigs, branches and other debris. You can mulch leaves or add them to your compost.
  • Go on weed patrol! Remove large weeds to stop them spreading across the lawn. If moss is a problem in your lawn, then apply a moss killer following the manufacturer’s instructions.

And if it snows?

  • If it does snow, don’t attempt to remove snow from the lawn – you could damage the delicate grass plants underneath.
  • Build a snowman, or perhaps an igloo if you’re feeling more ambitious, and leave the snow to melt naturally.
  • Aerate your lawn if the melt water struggles to drain away.

Get ahead of the game

Plan your lawn maintenance programme and jot it down on your calendar. Your lawn will benefit hugely if you can stick with it. Take a look at our lawn care calendar here.