Autumn and Winter Lawn Care
Coming into the cooler months – you will be sure to notice the slow down of growth in your lawn.
Winter dormancy is common in most warm season varieties, and although it looks like it’s stopped growing – it is still active!
There are a few steps you can take to keep your lawn looking healthy over Winter so it can flourish in Spring.
In Winter, watering your lawn is easy - only water your lawn if it needs it. However, in times when we experience dry winter periods, it is essential that you continue to water the lawn to keep the soil moist underneath.
As the temperature drops, it’s time to raise those blades. Mowing in Winter is minimal; however, you still need to raise your mowing height. Leaving the leaf a little longer will give your lawn the best chance to absorb sunlight & nutrients. It will also help block out those pesty weeds.
On the other hand, it also important not to leave it too long. Depending on the variety, it may only need mowing every few weeks. Be sure not to scalp or mow your lawn too low, as it won’t repair until Spring. Ensure your collecting all your lawn clippings & any leaves/ debris.
Upon a Winter frost, your lawn is susceptible to damage. While there is nothing you can do to prevent a frost, there are steps you can take to reduce the effects. Your lawn will cope best from frost damage when it is well hydrated and has plenty of nutrients. You can achieve this by monitoring rainfall, as well as fertilising in Autumn to add vital nutrients. Be sure to keep off your lawn on frosty mornings as the blades will be frozen and additional traffic will cause further damage. For those who are keen on their lawn appearance, a light predawn spray on a frosty morning will help maintain colour and prevent the effects of frost damage, by dissolving the ice on the leaf.
Colourguard Plus is a Winter staple for your lawn care collection. Not only does it give a boost of fertiliser, but it’s also a natural grass pigment also referred to as “lawn paint’. In Winter, some turf varieties may brown, Colourguard will restore the vibrant green colour.
So, can I lay turf in Winter? Yes, you sure can! It’s a great option to minimise dirt & mud entering your home. Most varieties slow down in growth, therefore establishment of your turf may take a little longer than in the warmer months however. Come spring, your lawn areas will establish properly and you’ll love the result.
Key Winter care tips:
- Fertilise before Winter
- Keep traffic off frosted lawns
- Raise your mowing height & sharpen mower blades
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