The winter is characterised with weeds, heavy soaking, low sunlight levels, and frost, which, for us humans, means rugging up, staying covered and resting mostly indoors. But for lawns, the winter is a critical time to survive and need as much help as possible to stay healthy. Here are tips to keep your lawn healthy during the colder months.
- Provide abundant sunlight to your lawn
It is advisable to leave grass clippings after mowing during the warmer months. This is because they can supply nutrients from the grass. Also, leaving behind grass clippings can save you lots of work.
But during the autumn and winter, you will be better off removing clippings and leaves from the turf. This way, your lawn will receive ample air and sunlight that it requires to survive during the cold months.
If there are lots of trees on your lawn, you should prune them to ensure your lawn receives more sunlight.
- Mow higher and less frequently
The first thing you will notice when the cooler months set in is that the rate of grass growth will become slower. When this happens, you are advised to raise the mowing height so as to avoid damaging the grass, something that can lead to browning and scalping. Frequent scalping in turns weakens the grass, leaving it exposed to weeds and diseases.
When mowing your lawn, avoid cutting the grass lower than 2.5 cm. Also reduce the frequency of mowing your grass like once every 3 or 4 weeks. You can also mow your grass when the grass blade length exceeds 6 cm.
- Aerate the soil
High traffic volume, coupled with higher lower temperatures, can make the soil to be more compacted. This, in turn, can prevent the roots of the grass from getting the optimal resources required for their thriving and growth. You can choose to manually perforate the soil using a hand rake. Alternatively, you can enlist the services of a professional to do the job for you.
Although your grass will grow remarkably slower during the winter, it still requires a steady delivery of nutrients. Firstly, make sure your soil is checked to see what nutrients are lacking and then buy the right fertilizer that contains the right nutrient combination.
- Stop watering
You should desist from watering your lawn unless the grass appears very dry. And the best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. If you water your lawn too much during the colder months, it risks inviting fungi to your grass.
6. Weed Vigilantly
Weeds, unlike other types of turf, are unbowed by the harsh winter conditions. As a matter of fact, they appear to thrive in these unforgiving conditions. Be proactive and come up with a weekly weeding regimen to keep the unwanted plants in check.
Reds Landscaping Can Help!
Does it appear like the grass is always greener on the other side? Are your lawn care tips for the winter not working? Maybe you need to call in a pro. The experts at Reds Landscaping offer free tips and advice to help you keep your lawn and property in the best states. Just email or call us on 0424 350 910 for professional assistance with your lawn care this winter.