Your lawn will benefit greatly from a little care and attention during the winter to keep it in premium condition. Find out how to keep your lawn looking its best throughout the colder months with advice from Essex turf supplier Paynes Turf.
Remove weeds and moss
Winter is a great time to rid your lawn of weeds, and a big bonus is that they will be super easy to pull out! Removing weeds will ensure that they don’t spread around the garden. Moss can also become prolific during the winter due to the damp, wet, and dark conditions in which moss thrives. To help prevent the growth of moss in turf apply a moss control treatment from a reputable supplier at the start of winter.
Rake up leaves
Fallen leaves can build up and encourage the onset of lawn diseases so it’s a good idea to remove them regularly. You can rake them up, use a leaf blower, or even clear them when you mow the lawn. The leaves can be added to the compost heap, put out for your green recycle collection, or you could recycle the leaves into leafmould, a nutrient-filled compost that will work wonders for your garden.
Disperse worm casts
Worm casts are small mounds of wet, sticky earth that sit on top of your lawn. They are formed when earthworms excrete their waste above ground, usually when the soil is waterlogged. Although sightly, they are a great indicator that your lawn is healthy. To help prevent the production of too many worm casts, aerate your lawn during the autumn months: the soil will not become waterlogged, which means the worms won’t need to come to the surface to excrete.
If you would like to remove some of the worm casts in your lawn, use a stiff brush to disperse them when they are dry.
Keep off the grass
Walking across wet turf could compact the soil, causing problems with aeration. Likewise, if your lawn is covered with frost you could damage the grass plants by walking on the lawn. Although the turf will eventually recover, it may take weeks or months.