WITH the cold winter months creeping just around the corner, you’ll notice that the grass is covered in frost in the early hours of the morning.
Although this sight might remind you of the festive season approaching, frost can have a lasting effect on your lawn – which makes it important to take measures to prevent this from happening.
Fortunately, the team at The Grass People has listed four easy jobs to complete right now in order to protect your lawn, The Express reported.
Just like us, the pros explained, grass has an immune system that needs to be strengthened – and this can be done by applying an autumn/winter fertiliser high in potassium.
The gurus said that when a lawn is unfed, it lacks the necessary nutrients needed to fight off any winter-borne diseases, making your grass vulnerable – and potentially even killing it.
According to The Grass People, the best time to feed the lawn is right before the winter frosts set in.
Avid gardening enthusiasts will know that now is the time to complete the one final mow before storing the machine away.
However, if you’re yet to give your grass the last trim before spring, be careful to not making the cut too short.
When using the mower, also ensure the blades are sharp, as cutting with a blunt blade can sever the cells within your grass, they explained.
Don’t walk on the lawn
Although it might be tempting to organise a winter BBQ on the sunny days, the experts recommended to best keep yourself – and your four-legged friends – off of the grass to avoid worsening any existing damage.
“Grass blades that are walked on when frozen can split and break, and when your lawn wakes up again in spring can appear yellowed/brown or dead.”
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Repair in spring
Aftercare is just as important, particularly during the harsh winter months.
When the final frost has fallen, the gardening experts advised to make any necessary repairs to your lawn by overseeding the surface.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your lawn green and lush in the colder period, experts have revealed hacks to help you.
The professionals at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk told Express.co.uk how to make gardens stand out from the crowd with advice like spoon-feeding the lawn with fertiliser and mowing every three weeks.
The expert said: “It’s vital for gardeners to look after their grass in the winter months, as the change in weather can create harmful conditions for the soil and lead to an unpleasant appearance.
“Maintenance is key to keeping your grass green in the colder months, but it’s also important to use these simple methods if you want to achieve perfectly green grass.”
Here are their pro tips for a gorgeous garden.
The professionals advised sprinkling coffee grounds as a form of fertiliser that will release hydrogen into the soil giving it vital nutrients.
They said: “Make sure to rake it in so the grounds go directly into the soil and try to limit the amount you use, as in some cases it can leave patches of brown in the grass.”
Next up, they issued a reminder to shift those pesky weeds – even in winter when the cold weather makes it unappealing.
The helps keep the lawn fresh and healthy. Although if you use a spray to clear the weeds, be sure not to get any on the grass as it will ruin the condition.
Mow every three weeks
The pro suggested using the “rule of three” and mow the lawn once every three weeks.
Keep the grass at a sensible length between 1.5 and two inches. The experts said: “Cutting the grass down too far in winter can lead to bare patches in the garden and inconsistencies in colour.”
Make sure you keep putting fertiliser on your lawn throughout the year – and increase the amount in winter.
This means that you’ll get better quality grass and it will prevent disease in the rougher weather.
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